Many folks look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving in November, but here in central
Even though most of us who live in more developed nations have far more material goods than our brothers and sisters in
For those of you who would like to know a bit about what we have been doing: This past summer we had a relaxing visit with friends and family in
On September 7, we all moved into our new home in
Deborah and Christa have continued with home schooling, and have had time for reading and baking, two of their favorite hobbies. We are all enjoying playing with our new part-Labrador puppy, Lady, who entertains us and helps us get our exercise by walking her.
Deborah, an ordained minister, has also been called upon to assist in serving communion and reading the scriptures for the French language church service here in Garoua-Boulaï. She has enjoyed attending activities of the local "Femmes pour Christ" (Women for Christ) organization, as well.
We wish all our friends, family and supporters a happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for your support and prayers for us as we live out our mission here in
Joe, Deborah, and Christa Troester
Garoua Boulaï, Cameroon
Specific prayer requests include
1. Finding a good teacher for Christa*
2. Our continued health and safety
3. The safety of all who live and work in the CAR, due to the insecurity there
*This year, Christa is in the fifth grade. Since there is no English language school here, we are home schooling her. However, the ELCA Global Missions are still looking for a teacher for Christa. This will free Deborah to assist with other mission needs. If you know anyone who has an elementary teaching certificate and wants to live in
In addition, for those who might be interested, the ELCA is advertising for a water-resources specialist in