On April 27th, the Conrads will be relocating to France for a one-year intensive language study before moving to Yaounde, Cameroon, Africa where they will serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Chelsea grew up at GBC (her parents are Eric and Jan Johnson) and has actively participated in missions service since her high school years. She met and married Rick while he was stationed with the US Navy. Rick will use his programming skills to enable Wycliffe’s translation work. He will serve as a Database Programmer and maintain key database systems. He will also develop language software programs to help Wycliffe linguists around the world. According to Operation World, (cf. http://www.operationworld.org) Cameroon is on the strategic “hinge” between west and central Africa. Cameroon has 278 languages, many of which do not have the Bible available in either verbal or oral forms. This lack of “heart-language Scriptures” contributes to the spiritual poverty of local churches and Christ-followers. Pray also for the development of literacy projects because a large percentage of the population is still functionally illiterate.
At the present time the Conrads ask that we pray  for safe travel,  adjustment to France (especially for their children who will be in public schools), and  for God’s care through a new pregnancy!
God has provided their full funding once they are in Cameroon but they are in need of “launching funds” due to the high cost of living in France during their training year and for a vehicle once they are in Cameroon.
Their prayer focus as they transition is the promise of God to His ancient people, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” [Isaiah 26:3]