noren update 9/21

Thank you once again for your ongoing prayers and support!  We are continually aware of the reality that we are interconnected as a body of Christ.  We are happy to share with you more of our lives in Cameroon.

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Rain Forest International School (RFIS) started another year, and already we have put in six weeks of in-person masked classes.  Karl is enjoying teaching creation care to a class of AP Environmental Science students.  As part of their experiential learning,the students are planting garden research plots (photos below show Ron Ziegelbaur and Karl clearing the plots).

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Mary works with a middle school choir class, with RFIS students and staff leading worship music in chapel, and with homeschooling our 1st grader and 4 year old.  CIty driving has become less fearsome with practice.

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How is RFIS a support to other ministries?
We often mention how we love that the teaching we do at RFIS disciples 7th-12th grade students while it also supports other ministries in Cameroon.  Perhaps you have wondered about the ministries RFIS students' families are involved in.  This year, the many of our families are working with Bible translation.  Most of those work with Wycliffe International and are involved in Bible translation themselves or are training/assisting locals in translating the Bible into languages that have almost no written word.  Other families are involved in leadership training, discipleship, evangelism, and medical work.  Many families are working in the city, where many people groups congregate.  Others work in remote villages where internet, electricity, running water and grocery stores are uncommon.  Many of our Cameroonian students come from families who are in full-time Christian ministry.  We have some students who come from families that are not involved in full-time Christian ministry but who desire the education RFIS provides.

We praise God for

- arrival of 3 Bible translations to Central African Republic in September, (over 30 years of work)
- healthy start to the school year
- RFIS students willing to serve through worship team
- successful completion of the 11th grade's PingPong/Pizza event.  Although it was a lot of work, as Karl (their advisor) predicted, the students worked well together and hopefully learned a lot about planning, persistance, and the many factors involved in events


We continue to ask God for

- providing a school director and the needed teachers for the 2022-2023 school year

- peaceful resolution to conflicts within the country

- peace; some of our colleagues have relatives who struggle to get to school due to financial constraints or unrest

- wisdom in teaching and in cross-cultural relationships (considering Covid and finding time)

Karl & Mary Noren