Friday, November 8, 2013


November. It’s not just for Turkey anymore!

When you think about November, what do you think about? If you’re anything like me, you think about a huge Thanksgiving spread. I think about going to Joni Pitton’s house and watching football and loosening my belt several notches. Then going back for thirds and fourths on dessert. Then going around to see the various family and friends in different rooms of the house, some watching the first Christmas movies of the season (which personally I think should be illegal until December 1, but that’s just my Scrooge-y nature), others playing games, most just chatting and enjoying the company.

These memories make me thankful for all I’ve been blessed with. I hope you can relate.

But did you know that Thanksgiving is not the only day in November set aside for remembrance and gratitude?

For my Canadian friends (both of them), November 11 is Remembrance Day to honor those who gave their lives in World War I and World War II.

Remembrance Sunday is essentially the same holiday in the UK and across Europe, the Sunday nearest November 11, to remember those lost in conflicts. Red poppies dot the lapels of coats everywhere to commemorate their sacrifice.

And November 15 is National Philanthropy Day, a holiday enacted by Ronald Reagan to recognize the good nonprofits do.

So what are you grateful for? What are you remembering? Feel free to post in the comments section. Let’s start of November the right way.

I’ll go first:

I would like to remember you. You are important to me. You read my blog. You give me a sense of connectedness and meaning when isolation and depression come knocking. The knowledge that you are reading our blog (and maybe even telling your friends about what the Lord is doing in Tchad), that you find it worthwhile and worthy of your time leaves me awestruck.

I would like to thank you for your Philanthropy, your voluntary service for the public good.

I’m remembering you for entrusting to us your Philanthropy, be it your time, your prayers, your money, your care packages, your words of encouragement, your hugs and occasionally even your tears. It keeps us here, laboring in His Fields. It honors and humbles us. From the ground, I can tell you that what you do for us makes a difference. You are teamed up with us in a partnership of ministry to the people of Tchad.

We could not do it alone, so I remember you this November. And I thank you.

Over the course of the next week or so, I will daily (or nearly-daily) be taking the opportunity to remember some of you more specifically. I’m excited and proud of what has been going on here and would love to share with you specific ways in which you have helped our hospital witness to the people of Tchad. In upcoming blogs, I will mention some of you by name, by anonymous deed or by generalization. You are making a difference in Tchad.

If you read this blog, you are already precious to me. And I remember you.
olen and danae

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Danae Tigo: +235 90 19 30 38

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  1. I'm remembering you! Your beautiful labor and heart for the people there, your unselfish and determined attitude, and your family's unity in mission is an inspiration to me. We are humbled and thankful that we know you and have a chance to share in the work God has called you to do. Hugs and love to you!

  2. As a second year medical student in the DMA program at LLU, I am thankful for the inspiring blogs that you an others write that help to keep my focus in sea of information that we find in Medical School. Thank you, you are continually in my prayers.

  3. We are thankful that you are willing to sacrifice yourselves to serve others with greater needs. Your ministry exemplifies that it CAN be done if it is God's will.

  4. Chère Danae et cher Olen et bien sûr, chers Lyol, Zane et Addison ( que nous ne connaissons pas encore personnellement), C'est à vous que nous pensons ses jours de novembre en parlant avec Scott et Rebecca qui vont bientôt prendre le chemin les amenant au Cameroun. C'est en parlant avec eux que nous prions pour vous et remercions le Seigneur d'être chaque jour à vos côtés et tout particulièrement quand il y a des difficultés. Nous prions pour Zane pour que l'Eternel le protège et le guérisse. Pour que toute votre famille soit bénie dans tout ce que vous faites. Le Seigneur est tout-puissant et agira là où vous ne pouvez plus rien faire. Nous vous embrassons très très fort. Gosia&famille