Click here to view this newsletter as a PDF.
“The root of joy is gratefulness. . . . It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
—Brother David Steindl-Rast
When one is observant, ever day presents opportunities to be grateful. There are seasons, though, that help us focus on gratitude more than others. We are in the midst of such a season. We recently celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving and look forward to celebrating American Thanksgiving (our family is 50% Canadian and 50% American). Added to this, we are about to enter the Advent Season – a time to celebrate and be grateful for the Prince of Peace.
Here are a few things we are grateful for this season:
Cal & Susie:
- 23 years of life and ministry in Cameroon
- A comfortable place to call home in beautiful surroundings
- The opportunity to move about freely and enjoy nature
- Relative health and strength, and access to needed medical care
- Mission leaders who care about the whole person
- Dark chocolate
- Final year of undergrad and enjoyable journalism classes
- New friendships and social opportunities
- My family being closer again
- New community and friendships
- Enjoyable university classes and my major (Sustainability)
- An efficient city bus system
- Warm clothes
While the conflict in Cameroon continues to ravage lives, communities, and livelihoods, we are grateful for efforts being made towards the healing of trauma and rebuilding a culture of peace. We asked our friend and colleague in Cameroon, George Minang, what he is grateful for at the moment. George leads the Trauma Healing workshops and Peace and Transformation seminars that we helped facilitate and that many of you have supported generously with finances and prayer. George writes:
As coordinator of the Trauma Healing and Peace & Transformation Initiative, I am very grateful to God and all the partners through the NAB who have made funds available for the holding of seminars here in Cameroon. The seminars are helping participants to shift their mindsets from just managing trauma and conflict to the process of conflict transformation and peacebuilding. We are witnessing healing from the wounds of the heart and a greater awareness of the need for building a culture of peace in our families, churches, and society following the model of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
During this season of Thanksgiving and Advent, consider supporting the ongoing Trauma Healing and Peace & Transformation efforts in Cameroon. You can donate here: Cameroon Peace and Transformation Initiative (scroll down the page to find this project).
How do you practice gratitude? If you need inspiration to grow your daily gratefulness, take 14 minutes to watch and listen to Brother David Steindl-Rast encourage the art of slowing down to be grateful. Click here: Be Grateful.