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Long-time volunteer and LPGM partner Jim Noss passed away peacefully at his home early Sunday, May 16, with family at his side.

Jim served on LPGM’s program committee through April, when he was admitted to the hospital with complications from a previous heart procedure. A child of missionaries in Cameroon, Jim both grew up along the Cameroon-Central African border, and returned there with his own spouse and family to serve many more years.

I know of no other missionary who has left the breadth of legacy in Cameroon and other parts of Africa as well as in Haiti.  After retirement several years ago, Jim never stopped working and was even writing emails until a few days before his death.  For LPGM, Jim was source of information and worked for us during many of his trips to Cameroon where he traveled into CAR to help with issues at the Women’s Center in Bouar and the Clinic in Gallo.  He literally could do anything, from cleaning block-up toilets to repairing generators to installing solar panels and storage batteries to repairing water systems.  He will be missed.

Gordy Olson, founder of LPGM

I had the pleasure of traveling in Cameroon with Jim, whose regaled me with stories of his many years there. His love shined through as old friends met us and adoringly told me, “Jim isn’t a foreigner. He’s Gbaya.”

Jim committed his life to living out God’s call to love his neighbor, as he worked and volunteered for LPGM, Global Health Ministries, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, regularly traveling to Cameroon, C.A.R., Haiti and South Sudan up until the Covid-19 pandemic grounded his travel.

Please join the entire LPGM global community as we give thanks to God for this remarkable, faithful servant.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Jim. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light.


Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Augsburg Fortress. 2006

Author Dan Ruth

Dan Ruth is the executive director of LPGM and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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