Friday, August 14, 2009

Greetings from West Africa!

The rainy season is slowly arriving in Burkina Faso. In the eastern part of the country, farmers have begun planting the traditional crop of millet. There has been some rain here in Ouagadougou during April and May, but not enough to plant crops. Everyone is hoping the rainy season will begin soon.


This is also a time of change for our family. After nine months of French classes, we will be returning to the states to visit friends and relatives and prepare for our deployment to the Central African Republic. Regrettably the security situation in that country is not good. So the decision has been made that we will be living Garoua Boulaï, Cameroon, instead of Baboua, CAR. The two towns are only separated by 20 miles of dirt road and the border, so Joe will travel to the CAR to work when conditions are good.


This year, Christa attended the fourth grade at the International School of Ouagadougou and she is sad to be leaving all of her new friends. She will start home-schooling in August in Cameroon. The ELCA Global Missions are still looking for a teacher for Christa, so if you know anyone who has an elementary teaching certificate and wants to live in Africa for a couple of years, tell them they can apply on-line at


For those of you wishing to contact us or visit with us, Deborah and Christa will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 16 to 23. Deborah will be giving a short presentation at the Union Church of San Juan after the service on Sunday, June 17. We will all be in Illinois for most of the month of July and will be giving a presentation at the First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale, Illinois, after church on Sunday, July 15.  We hope to see many of you, either in San Juan or in Illinois


Blessings to all of you,


Joe, Deborah, and Christa Troester

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

June 2007


The Troesters are missionaries with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Joe is a water resources specialist and Deborah is an ordained pastor. Their daughter, Christa, age 10, will be in the 5th grade in the fall. Their contact information is below:


From June 23 through July 26: 

Joe, Deborah, and Christa Troester

3500 Chautauqua Rd.

Carbondale, IL 62901, USA

Deborah's parents' phone in Carbondale: (618) 457-6637


Starting in August

Joe, Deborah, and Christa Troester

B.P. 111

N'gaoundéré, CAMEROON

Cell: (Country Code 237) 994-8723

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