Travel can be hard

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Joy, not pressure

The Derricks are willing to live in a difficult context because of the joy and hope within them. The many people who are standing together to send them give cheerfully, not out of pressure.

May you also experience that same joy and satisfaction. And may God “generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (NLT, 2 Corinthians 9:8)

Travel can be hard

Elliot and Serena Derricks are headed to Cameroon. While many things there are very affordable, reliable transportation is not one of them.

Cars and trucks are far from “affordable” in Cameroon. Can you imagine having to pay $50,000 for a truck that only costs $35,000 in the USA? And can you imagine having to pay another 100% of the vehicle price in taxes? That’s everyday life in Cameroon.

Reliability is key. Reliable can also mean the difference between life and death when you are far away from medical assistance. It is extremely difficult to find a reliable used vehicle.

While you may find a good mechanic in Cameroon, it is very hard to find a vehicle that has been well maintained. But it isn’t just basic maintenance like the lack of oil changes that are hard on a truck. Running year after year on rough roads shakes a vehicle to death.

That is why we encourage the Derricks’ partners to buy them a new heavy-duty four wheel drive truck. If we find a good used one once they get there, great! They will purchase used and we will put the savings toward the next missionary vehicle needed. But chances are they won’t find a used vehicle that passes the old test of “Would you send your daughter off to college in that car?”

Expensive? Unfortunately yes. Excessive? Absolutely no.

What about you?

Do you want to send Derricks to Cameroon in a reliable vehicle?

If so, join with others to do what we have to do in order to equip them with the tools necessary for the work they have to do.


LBT is seeking Lutherans to serve overseas through the ministry of Bible translation and Scripture Engagement. If you feel that God may be leading you towards missions, LBT may have a place for you.