Here in Ouagadougou, signs have been springing up in front of stores and businesses wishing everyone a happy new year"Bonne Année 2007!" or "Joyeux Nouvel An!" This is the common greeting in
Since we came here this fall, we have been impressed by how well people of different ethnic and religious groups get along in
There are some sixty different ethnic groups in
Sometimes when we see the poverty of countries such as
As we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and look forward to a new year with prayers for peace, let us, too, remember that "love is the fulfilling of the law"between individuals, peoples, and nations.
With best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a peace-filled New Year, "Joyeuse Noël et Bonne Année 2007!
Joe, Deborah and Christa Troester
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
*Tabaski is a Muslim feast which commemorates Abraham's obedience to God in taking Isaac to be sacrificed. As you may recall, an angel appeared to stop him, and Abraham and Isaac sacrificed a ram instead. Many Muslim families celebrate this day by sacrificing a sheep and eating it. People wear new clothes, and sometimes gifts are given to children.
Prayer Requests: thanksgiving for a good harvest in Burkina Faso this year; (They have produced enough grain for approximately 50% of their own food needs, which is better than average for this country); for an end to hostilities in the Central African Republic, and for the well-being and safety of the church and missionaries there; for continued good health, patience, and diligence as we learn French; for the right teacher for Christa next year, and her continued adjustment to life as a "missionary kid." A big thank you to all those who are praying for us and for the people of