Our Missionaries in the Central African Republic

Does your congregation sponsor a missionary?  ELCA missionaries play key advisory roles to the ministries we support.  They are also crucial to communications between us and our companion synods.

Read the stories of our missionaries in CAR and the ministries of the church in CAR that they support. Is your congregation interested in developing a direct connection with one of them through mutual prayer, communication and financial gifts?  To find out how, include the name of the missionary in an email or call 1-800-638-3522, ext. 2657.  

Dr. Susan Smith
Dr. Susan Smith

Dr. Susan Smith – Education Advisor.  Susan is our newest missionary in CAR, based in Baboua.  She works with Village Education, which has a new director, and with several Christian Education programs, including Sunday School, adult literacy, and the Bible School, which trains catechists. Check out the wealth of information about our companion synod and life in CAR on Susan’s blog.

Rev. Jackie Griffin
Rev. Jackie Griffin

Rev. Jackie Griffin – Advisor to Women’s Programs.  Jackie is both a nurse and a pastor.  Based in Bouar, she advises the FCC – Lutheran Women’s organization and its programs, including the Martha Mary Women’s Center.  She visited our synod in 2012.

Dr. Joseph Troester – Technical Advisor to PASE (water resources) and Rev. Deborah Troester – Seminary professor. The Troesters, based in

Dr. Joseph Troester  and Rev. Deborah Troester  and their daughter Chrisa
Dr. Joseph Troester and Rev. Deborah Troester and their daughter Christa

Baboua, and their daughter Christa (now in school in Cameroon) have been serving in CAR for some years. Joe works with the program which provides clean drinking water and educates people on the importance of hygiene and sanitation.  Joe visited our synod in the summer of 2011.  Deborah teaches Greek and English at the School of Theology of the CAR Lutheran Church.  See Joe and Deborah’s African Water Log.

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