Letter of Thanks from President Samuel Ndanga-Toué

Oct 14, 2016

Translation from the French

To Bishop Michael Rinehart
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Cost Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Subject: Letter of Thanks

Dear Bishop Michael,


President Samuel Ndanga-Toue of the Central African Republic

My greetings in Christ.

I am very happy to take this opportunity to let you know that my return trip went well. I have arrived safely back in my country. I wish to express my deep appreciation for your taking the initiative to invite me to come to the United States. I thank you for the welcome and hospitality that you gave me.

I came home with good memories of beautiful moments that we spent together. Be assured that this visit was not a waste of time. It was very enriching for me. Now I can tell you that I have a bit of an idea of America and its culture. But the positive aspect of my visit was especially the discovery of the different churches that form your Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, and the interest that all these churches showed in regard to the companion relationship, which binds us. I was particularly moved to see the desire of these churches to support us spiritually and financially so that we can carry out God’s mission in the Central African Republic.

I very much appreciate the way in which you have been attentive to our difficulties and your wishes to see peace come back to our country.

Dear Bishop, we discussed many things. You promised to assist us insofar as you are able. In the coming days, we will send you some of our priority projects for financial aid, as we discussed.

In the name of the Lutheran Church in the Central African Republic, please share with the various churches of your synod my deep gratitude for all that they did for me during my stay.

To you, Bishop Michael, thank you for your love and humility that you showed me during my stay among you.

May God further strengthen this partnership between the synod for which you have leadership and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic.

May God fill you with his blessing and his peace.

United in Christ Jesus.

Rev. Dr. Samuel NDANGA-TOUE,
President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic