I was privileged to travel to Cameroon to be the Bible study leader for missionaries serving in West African countries for Lutheran Bible Translators. The retreat was five days and there were forty people that attended. The LBT(C) missionaries are pretty isolated and it had been many years since they had been able to get together for a retreat. We studied 1 Peter with the theme: “God’s New Israel: Chosen … Called … to Sojourn and Suffer in the Wilderness … but with living Hope!”We began and concluded each day with worship.
A team consisting of lay people from the Alberta-British Columbia District of Lutheran Church — Canada were essential to the formation and implementation of the retreat. The team members’ first project was to finance and plan the retreat for LBT West Africa Missionaries. The team members traveled to Cameroon (at their own cost) to offer the children of the LBT missionary families a VBS type program while the parents were in the Bible study sessions.
Rev. Dr. James Keller, the Executive Director of Lutheran Bible Translators of Canada, led the morning worship services and delivered the homilies.
The missionaries and their families were very grateful for the opportunity to come together for Bible Study, worship and fellowship. It had been several years since they had been able to get together and they really appreciated their time together.