A brand new Noren in the world!

Sunday night, just before midnight, after a panic prep (because the labor progressed so rapidly) by Dr. Tim and minimal help from Aleta, Esther Elikia was born in the guesthouse next door to Danforths at Gamboula.  The mom, Mary, is doing very well, as is the baby.  Esther was welcomed into this big world first by her dad, Karl, and then over the next hours by her grandparents, Paul & Sheryl Noren, her big brother Michael and big sister Ruth.  Ruth was a crack-up to listen to.  She was so SURPRISED to find a baby sister in the room when she woke up in the morning.  We are so pleased to have been a part of this excitement.  Aleta was there when Sheryl gave birth to Karl, Esther’s dad, way back a long long time ago in Congo, then Zaire.

Not the happiest moment in Esther’s life, but you can still tell she’s a cutie and a keeper!

Getting cleaned up and dressed for the night.  Welcome, Esther, to this big noisy bright world!  May the Lord bless you and guide you all your days!


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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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