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Thank you ?nbsp;

These two simple words seem so inadequate to express our deep appreciation for you.  The gratitude we feel in our hearts is difficult to express on a mere piece of paper.  Many of you have faithfully partnered with us since our journey began with Campus Crusade for Christ in 1987.  Your faithfulness to us and ultimately to God has throughout these 20 years been a tremendous encouragement to us.  Together our partnership has impacted the lives of Nigerians both medically and spiritually, for which God receives the glory.

As you can see, we are not the same people we were when we first went to Nigeria.  We’ve changed not only physically, but in every dimension of life.  Much has transpired in our lives and in the lives of Nigerians God has allowed us to touch.  Now God has led us in a new direction, as Tom begins work in the Family Medicine Department at the Mayo Clinic in August.  After debriefing, our service with Campus Crusade will end on July 16, and your donations to our account can cease.  We will direct any money that remains in that account to the ongoing ministry in Nigeria

Although our full-time relationship with Campus Crusade will end, we will continue to partner with the international Family Life ministry to train nationals around the world in building movements of multiplication through Home Builders groups.

 

Passing the baton ?nbsp;

We are elated to pass the baton of foreign missions to our oldest son Aaron. He has been accepted by SIM (Serving In Mission) to work 1-2 years in Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world.  Only God could have orchestrated that as we left West Africa, one of our children would return as a tangible legacy of our years invested there.  We have encouraged him to share with you his opportunity to serve after he completes his training in July. 

 

Background

Dr. Tom and Rosie Thacher served with Campus Crusade for Christ in Nigeria, West  Africa, from 1988 to 2007.  As a medical doctor, Tom directed the Family Medicine residency program at the Jos University Teaching Hospital. Tom trained Nigerian doctors in research with the aim of finding solutions to medical problems largely ignored by developed nations. In addition to his medical vocation, Tom worked to make Christ known within the university hospital.  Rosie worked with students with learning disabilities through the NILD program at Hillcrest School in Jos and led women's Bible studies.

Together, Tom and Rosie led couples through Home Builders Bible studies as part of the Family Life Ministry, which aims to help couples understand God's design for marriage. Through small group discussion, weekend seminars, and practical projects, couples are challenged not only to strengthen their own marriages but to lead other couples through the same material.

Tom met Rosie at the University of Utah while she was serving with Campus Crusade for Christ.  Rosie had been involved in campus ministry for six years. They married while Tom was in medical school in Utah.  In 1984 they moved to Ventura, California, where Tom did his residency training in Family Practice at the Ventura County Medical Center before heading to Nigeria. Tom is now in the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Related link: Great Commission Movement of Nigeria

E-mail:            tom@thachers.org

 

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