Congo missionary retreat

What a treat, to be included with these dear Covenant missionaries to Congo, even though we’ve been out of that country for 22 years now!  We had such sweet fellowship, sharing from our hearts, praying, laughing, playing, eating way too much great food, and even getting some Medicare counsel and a game or two of horseshoes thrown in!!  We are thankful to Serve Globally for helping to make this retreat happen.

Here’s the whole crew:  back row L to R: Roy, Celia & David Stockamp, Paul & Sheryl Noren, Craig Wickstrom, Pete Ekstrand, Tim & Helen Smith   Front row: Keith Gustafson, Aleta, Florence Gustafson, Marta Klein, Cindy Ekstrand

The four that are heading back to Congo:  Marta, Paul & Sheryl, and Craig

The 3 couples retiring from Covenant missions this summer: Ekstrands, Smiths, and us

The dogwood was fully in bloom.  Gorgeous!  And the vista from the cabin of the Smoky Mountains was lovely.

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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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