Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Spring update!

Hi all! It's been WAY too long since our last update. We are excited to share with you some of the ways God has used us to serve Him these past few months.
The Buea ladies had a seminar a little over a month ago which turned out well! I was thankful that I had the opportunity to share with the ladies about the importance of strengthening your physical and more important spiritual well being... and what happens when you neglect strengthening in both areas.

A heavy demonstration at the beginning of the lesson to capture the attention of the audience and let the lesson me memorable. 

Alima led a song in Twi (Ghana's dominating language) AND in Pidgin which she learned some while here.

Another encouraging lesson by one of the Cameroonian women was taught.
Something else that kept us busy was being involved with the students in the school whether it was by tutoring or celebrating birthdays.

Emmanuel turned 8 a few days ago..

And Daniella (in the red in the middle) turned 6.

Alima tutoring in one of the homes of the students. 

Jeremiah is such an amazing man keeping himself busy being productive for the Lord despite various challenges. He truly is spirit filled and spirit led.

Jeremiah was invited to a fashion show by one of the guys in the gym, he was even given 2 nice looking African shirts to wear.
Teaching, preaching, leading programs are a few of the things Jeremiah does best, glory be to God for strengthening him and giving him wisdom.

Travel in Cameroon
There are 2 goats hanging out on top of the bus that kept head butting each other, we were entertained.

Suzanne is a 30yr old lady that a brother in Douala wanted to help when no one else would. She had elephantiasis and wet gangrene on her foot. We thank God that she was able to get the surgery she needed and is healing quite well and is more healthy all around. We are thankful for the opportunity to play a small part in helping Suzanne. "Little drops of water make the mighty Ocean." Please pray for Suzanne as she continues to heal and more importantly for her spiritual health as the brother in Douala continues to reach out to her.

Alima was with us for 9 months helping the ministry in so many ways.
She encouraged all those she came in contact with. 

We had a little going away party with food and basketball involved.

She surely is missed but we look forward to seeing how God uses her to shine in Ghana.

Tis the season which brings rats...

And SNAKES!!! Still thankful for the rains which provides water for many people. 
We had a program inviting people to come and pray for the country and the unrest it is facing at the time. We also sang, played games, and enjoyed delicious food. 

Bible charades!
The kids had fun participating too.

Cameroon trivia was another fun game.
A buffet that all can enjoy!

We are thankful for the pingpong table that the Harris' left, it has been put to good use.

The Celestial Singers uplifted and edified us all with their amazing God-given voices. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Back in Buea!

Where to start?! We have been back in Cameroon for over 3 weeks now and things have been challenging but good. We were hoping that things would have settled down with the political situation when we got back from India, however, we need to keep praying as schools have been burned down and more. Through all that is going on we thank God that He has helped the ministry to keep moving forward.

Though schools have not started back up in the Anglophone zones we have been able to safely make home visits to tutor the students. I'm amazed at Jeremiah's God-given strength in all areas of his life. Despite some health issues and other obstacles he keeps pressing on.

Jeremiah, Rosette, Alima and I take turns making home visits. Here Rosette is teaching French.

Alima has been such a great help in the school and gym ministry, in the house, and has made lots of friends in Cameroon. While in Douala, Jeremiah bought her ticket back to Ghana and she is to return May 17th. We will miss her dearly! 

We have students from 3 different villages and several different areas in Buea. We have divided them up into 5 groups so they can be tutored several times a week. They are not to wear their uniforms or bring backpacks as to not appear like they are going to school, which they are not.

The gym ministry is BOOMING! Many shops and activities have slowed down but the gym continues to grow.

We usually have around 30 ladies during the evening gym session and more than that who are registered and come at other times. We will miss Alima leading Zumba after lifting and her sweet devotions on Thursdays.

2,000 cfa bills are the most common counterfeit money in Cameroon. Unfortunately, I didn't realize I was given one after buying goat the other day.

Home assemblies are going well and some of the guys are stepping up to lead.

Jeremiah teaching in the last chapter of Galations in the village of Bolafamba.

*A note on Jeremiah's health* In India he was diagnosed with H Pylori and GERDS. He has finished the meds he needed to take for the H Pylori but he continues to take meds for the GERDS and has drastically changed his diet. We are hoping he doesn't have to take the meds long term as it lowers your immune system and makes you more susceptible to typhoid which is common in Cameroon. He still has bouts of nausea in the mornings but we are still trying to learn ways to manage his symptoms.

Some kids like to play with their pets...

And some like to eat them. haha!

She isn't really eating her pet but she does enjoy a flavored snail on a stick.

On her own Hannah wanted to start having Bible studies with her class mate and neighbor Gaelle. I'm in awe of the lovely young lady is becoming.

Since being back from India I have enjoyed the many visitors that have come to the house to welcome us back.

The children have enjoyed it as well. :)

I'm thankful that after 3 weeks of no internet in Buea we were able to make a trip to Douala to update you.

Yes, that is a whole live cow in the back of that wagon!

Some other benefits of coming to the francophone city Douala for internet, is a little more shopping options and staying at a cheap guest house (usually only available if you reserve way in advance) which has a nice pool for the family to enjoy.

I'm eager to share with you more that is on my heart but some of it will have to wait until we are in person again, if the Lord wills. We hope and pray you all are doing well and are shining brightly in your corners of the world. We appreciate your continued prayers and support through our journey in Africa.