Last fall, Trinity agreed to financially support (using the Global Mission Task Force fund) the purchase of a new aluminum roof for a Lutheran congregation in Cameroon. Pastor Rod Ellertson and Donna Collett both spent many years serving in Cameroon and through their continued contact with the Lutheran churches there, this need was identified.
With surprising speed, the funds – equally matched by our congregation’s Foundation for a total of US $10,000 – reached church leaders in this African country, who were able to have the roof installed before Easter, 2016. The Ngoura congregation, similar in size to TLC’s (120-180) had struggled for years with an inadequate roof for its one-story church. Traditionally, the roof was thatched with grass, but due to an influx of refugees fleeing a civil war in neighboring Central African Republic, the accompanying increase in cattle herds and displaced people had depleted the local grass resource.
With a new roof installed – including a strong set of trusses to withstand powerful seasonal winds – the congregation now has an uplifting shelter for worship and fellowship. It is our hope that this show of support will allow the Ngoura congregation to show further generosity in various ways to those refugees among them.
Tim Gammell, Global Mission Task Force