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An Update from Jack & Cathy Carlos
June 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

It has been quite a while since we have updated you. Here’s the latest:

– Jack continues to be on a medical disability – now long-term. After seeing many doctors and undergoing many diagnostic tests, Jack’s diagnosis is either Parkinson’s Plus Syndrome (a neurodegenerative disease with the classical features of Parkinson’s disease but with additional symptoms that distinguishes it from simple idiopathic Parkinson’s disease) or Machado–Joseph disease, also known as Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3, (a rare autosomal, dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease). Regardless of which disease it is, there is not a cure for either of them. Doctors will continue to care for Jack and treat his symptoms. We are thankful to the doctors and other medical professionals for their time and efforts. We appreciate your continued prayers for Jack as he makes life changes as the disease progresses.

– Jack’s employment with the Office of International Mission of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has been deactivated and he has officially completed his service with them. What an amazing privilege it was to serve the Lord in Guinea!

– Cathy has found full-time employment. Thank you for your prayers during her job search.

– We are currently house-sitting, rent-free, in a friend’s house while we look for permanent housing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. We are so thankful for the generous gift of this home during our time of transition! Please pray that we find an appropriate new rental in the near future.

We continue to stay in touch with many of our friends in Guinea. They continue to serve others as best they can. There are many things currently happening in the area that you can pray about. Cases of the deadly disease, Ebola, continue to be found in Guinea; the terrorist group Boko-Haram (which means “Western education is sin”) is starting to have a presence in the region; the gold rush, which brought much prosperity to the Siguiri area is ending and there has been an increase in crime; and there is growing political instability which has led to protests and violence in Siguiri. Please keep our Guinean brothers & sisters in your prayers.

What an amazing privilege it was to serve the Lord in Guinea! We want to say THANK YOU to the individuals and congregations who have kept us in their prayers and have blessed us in so many different ways over the past several months. God has used you to minister to us!

Trusting in Him,

Jack & Cathy Carlos


April 9, 2014, 2:08 pm
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Greetings! You have all been such an amazing blessing to Jack & I over the past several years! Your generous financial and prayer support during the time we were given to serve the Maninka people was a tremendous blessing. Seeds were planted in Guinea and Christ’s love was shared with so many! Thank you for being part of that! Even though it is difficult to accept and understand why our time there was cut short, the following words from Isaiah are a comfort:

“I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
God’s Decree
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
they’ll complete the assignment I gave them. – Isaiah 55:8-11

Since I, Cathy, am no longer with the OIM, and many of you have asked me where your support can now be directed, I want to strongly recommend the following ministries that have truly reflect Christ’s love and where the missionaries called to the work are amazing, committed servants who need your financial and prayer support. We pray that you strongly consider supporting one or both of the following ministries.

Our former Guinea missionary colleagues, Tim & Heidi Norton are now serving the Lord by ministering to the Navajo people of New Mexico through Lutheran Indian Ministries. Tim is also enrolled in the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center (CMC) program through Concordia University, Irvine, California, which leads to his ordination. Tim & Heidi have always been amazing examples to us of committed servants of Christ and we know the Lord will use them in a mighty way to reach people in New Mexico. Gifts to support their ministry can be directed to (indicate on your check’s memo line “Tim Norton Support”):
Lutheran Indian Ministries
3525 N 124th St, Suite 1
Brookfield, WI 53005-2498

For more information, check out the Lutheran Indian Ministries website:
If you would like to receive Tim & Heidi’s newsletter, email them at:

Trinity First School is a Lutheran School that has served Minneapolis for 150 years. Specializing in a ‘back to basics’ approach, Trinity First offers an education that equips children from preschool through the eighth grade. Trinity First is not a school just for Christians or for the academic ‘high achievers’. It is a school for all who desire to pursue excellence in learning. We work with children who have learning disabilities and those who excel. Trinity First is located in the Ventura Village neighborhood of Minneapolis, MN. It is the most diverse neighborhood in America with 100+ languages spoken and 3% of residents being foreign born. The neighborhood is home to the largest Somali population in America, the most native americans located in any urban neighborhood in America, 50% of Trinity First’s neighbors speak a language other than English in their homes, and 38% of their neighbors live below the poverty line. The school has an enrollment of almost 130 and they have a waiting list for new students. Many of the students cannot afford to attend the school without scholarship assistance. The staff is an amazingly committed group of ‘missionaries.’ Your gifts to this ministry have eternal impact on the lives of the school’s students and their families. Gifts can be sent to:
Trinity First School
1115 East 19th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-2353

I pray that you will consider redirecting the financial support that you have been so generously giving to my work in Guinea to one of these ministries. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Living in the love of Jesus,
Cathy Carlos

April 1, 2014, 8:48 am
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Please keep Guinea in your prayers! For those of you who were blessed enough to be able to come to Guinea and serve alongside Jack & I at our medical clinics, you know firsthand how the conditions that exist in Guinea make containing an epidemic like this extremely difficult. 
CONAKRY Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:55pm EDT

(Reuters) – Guinea faces an Ebola epidemic on an unprecedented scale as it battles to contain confirmed cases now scattered across several locations that are far apart, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Monday.           

The warning from an organization with experience of tackling Ebola in Central Africa comes after Guinea’s president appealed for calm as the number of deaths linked to an outbreak on the border with Liberia and Sierra Leone hit 80.

The outbreak of one of the world’s most lethal infectious diseases has spooked a number of governments with weak health systems, prompting Senegal to close its border with Guinea and other neighbors to restrict travel and cross-border exchanges.

Figures released overnight by Guinea’s health ministry showed that there had been 78 deaths from 122 cases of suspected Ebola since January, up from 70. Of these, there were 22 laboratory-confirmed cases of Ebola, the ministry said.

“We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country,” said Mariano Lugli, coordinator of MSF’s project in Conakry.

The organization said it had been involved in nearly all other recent Ebola outbreaks, mostly in remote parts of central African nations, but Guinea is now fighting to contain the disease in numerous locations, some of which are hundreds of kilometers apart.

“This geographical spread is worrisome because it will greatly complicate the tasks of the organizations working to control the epidemic,” Lugli added.

The outbreak of Ebola – which has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent – has centered around Guinea’s southeast. But it took authorities six weeks to identify the disease, allowing it to spread over borders and to more populated areas.

Up to 400 people are identified as potential Ebola contacts in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, Tarik Jasarevic, spokesman for the U.N.’s World Health Organization (WHO), told Reuters. “We need find where these people are and check on them,” he said.


Cases were last week confirmed in Conakry, bringing the disease, which was previously limited to remote, lightly populated areas, to the seaside capital of 2 million people.

Guinea’s President Alpha Conde late on Sunday appealed for calm. “My government and I are very worried about this epidemic,” he said, ordering Guineans to take strict precautions to avoid the further spread of the disease.

“I also call on people not to give in to panic or believe the rumors that are fuelling people’s fears,” he added.

Liberia has recorded seven suspected and confirmed cases, including four deaths, WHO said. Health authorities on Monday said a female Ebola patient from Lofa County was admitted to Firestone hospital outside the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Health Minister Walter Gwenigale said authorities were trying to trace the taxi driver who brought her to the hospital. Health sources told Reuters the patient later died but there was no official confirmation.

Sierra Leone has reported five suspected cases, none of which have been confirmed.

Officials there on Monday forbid the entry of corpses for burial from across the country’s northern border with Guinea, Chief Medical Officer Brima Kargbo told Reuters.

Kargbo said border screening had been introduced. Travelers are being asked where they are coming from and whether they or anyone they had been in contact with had fallen ill, he said.

Senegal, another neighbor of Guinea’s, closed its land border over the weekend and has suspended weekly markets near the border to prevent the spread of the disease.

A spokesperson for Orange telecommunications company said it had postponed a music concert with Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour scheduled in Conakry at the weekend due to the outbreak.

Regional airline Gambia Bird delayed the launch of services to Conakry, due to start on Sunday, because of the outbreak.

If the deaths are all confirmed as Ebola, a disease that leads to vomiting, diarrhoea and external bleeding, it would be the most deadly epidemic since 187 people died in Luebo, in Congo’s Kasai Orientale province, in 2007.

Jack & Cathy Carlos – WINTER 2014 NEWSLETTER
March 31, 2014, 10:06 pm
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Greetings from warmer than usual River Falls, Wisconsin!

Below you will find a link to our latest newsletter. We hope it will answer many of the questions that you have had regarding our status with the Office of International Mission (OIM).

In our newsletter, we recommend that you redirect your mission giving and we have some recommendations for you. If you want to hear about these recommendations or have other questions, please don’t hesitate to email us.
Churches – please share this newsletter with your congregation members.
Thank you for your prayers and support!

Living in the Love of Jesus,
Jack & Cathy Carlos

“But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace.
In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” – John 16:33

Trusting in Him,
Jack & Cathy Carlos

Carlos Winter 2014

News from Jack & Cathy Carlos
January 19, 2014, 2:09 pm
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Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for continued prayers! What a blessings you are to us! 
We want to share the following scripture passages with you:
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, 
your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. 
Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” – James 1:2-4
“I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. 
Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. 
When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory. 
You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. 
Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.” – 1 Peter 1:6-9
We are at a crossroads – a place of decision making, discernment, prayer, and waiting. We ask for your prayers today:
– Because a return to Guinea is not in the immediate future for us, and because our missionary colleagues needed a place to live and were having a hard time finding a new house to rent, our colleagues have moved into our house. We gifted the contents of our house to people who can use them. We officially shared with our friends there that we would not be returning, at least not at this time. Pray for us as we process this decision and what it means. Pray also that our house will be a blessing to our colleagues and that the physical possessions we were able to share with others would be a blessing to them.
– We need to sell our Land Cruiser in Guinea, who we affectionately named “Rhoda”, before the end of March. We had a buyer, but he changed his mind. Please pray that a new buyer will come forward quickly. 
– After a 3-month unpaid Leave of Absence, Cathy must resign her position at the end of January. Please pray for her as she seeks the Lord’s direction for her future. 
– Jack continues to be on a medical disability through our insurance company. His benefit may be reduced at the end of January – as we await a decision on that we thank God for his provision thus far and trust in his provision for the future.
– Jack will be seen at the Mayo Clinic’s Movement Disorders clinics in the coming week/weeks. Please pray for the physicians and 
other medical staff, that they may fine tune his diagnosis and provide some treatment options.
“But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” – John 16:33
Trusting in Him,
Jack & Cathy Carlos
Serving the Lord in Guinea with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

Jack & Cathy CARLOS Update
January 2, 2014, 11:47 am
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Hello from VERY cold River Falls, Wisconsin! Christmas & New Year’s greetings to all of you!
We wanted to update you about our situation and share some other news.
– Some of you might remember that two short-term missionaries (Chara & Rachel) had planned to join us in Siguiri, Guinea to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Since we are not there, they have been re-deployed, one to Kenya and one to Ghana. Chara has already left and Rachel will be leaving soon. We thank God for their willingness to go and ask that you all join us in praying for them as they serve.
– Our children, Raymond & Hannah have been gracious hosts to us, as we have been staying with them in River Falls, WI where they attend University. It has been a blessing to be close to them during these last several months of seeking answers for Jack’s treatment. Raymond will soon begin his last semester of classes soon, as he will graduate in May. 
– Cathy is entering her last month of an unpaid leave of absence from her position as medical missionary to Guinea. Please pray for her as she seeks the Lord’s guidance about her future. 
– Jack is still on a short-term medical disability through our health insurance and has undergone much testing and seen many physicians. We would love to say that things go quickly and we are able to get appointments easily and without delay – but that is not the case. There has been much waiting to get in to see the necessary doctors. The results of a recent scan showed some unexpected results and so, he will be seen the week of January 21 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. For now, any surgery has been removed as an option for Jack. Please pray for us and for the doctors, that they may finally give us some definitive answers, diagnoses, and treatment options.
– Please pray also for the Maninka people of Guinea, whom we have been privileged to serve and miss a great deal.
Trusting in Him,
Jack & Cathy Carlos
Serving the Lord in Guinea with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seem is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

An Update from Jack & Cathy
November 3, 2013, 6:17 pm
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Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

We thank you for your prayers, friendship, financial support, and encouragement. It is truly wonderful to partner with other followers of Jesus the way we have been able to partner with all of you over the past several years!
We wanted to provide you with an update on our situation. 
As you know, we are currently in the US pursuing some new medical treatment for Jack’s Parksinson’s Disease (PD). God has been faithful in sustaining Jack’s health and we feel privileged to have been able to serve the Lord in Guinea up to this time despite the health challenges. God has blessed the efforts in Guinea, allowing many people to not only hear about Christ’s love but experience it in a tangible way through health care. However, it has become clear to us that we cannot return to Guinea at this time.  With the guidance of Jack’s neurologist, Jack is preparing to have a surgery, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), as a treatment for his PD.He does not yet have a surgery date, but we hope to have one soon. We will share that date with you when we have it.
What does this all mean? We wish we had all the answers, but we don’t. Where will we serve in the future? Will we return to Guinea? Only God knows that and we know he will reveal things to us in his good and perfect timing.
Jack is now on a short-term medical disability through our insurance company. Cathy has been placed on an unpaid, 3-month Leave of Absence. This has been a very difficult time for us and we humbly ask for your continued prayers for strength, guidance, and patience as the future seems quite uncertain at this time in many ways – health, finances, future direction, etc. 
Please also continue to pray for everyone back in Siguiri. Pray for Growing in Grace Lutheran Church as they continue to witness to the community and pray also for all of the ‘seeds’ that have been planted there, that they may grow and many may come to know Jesus as Savior and Redeemer.
If you have any questions or would just like to connect – as always, we would love to hear from you. Please email us:
We will be in touch. God’s blessings!
Living in the Love of Jesus,
Jack & Cathy Carlos
Serving the Lord in Guinea with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seem is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18