Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Stateside 2018

Hi all! We thought we would give you a little update on how we have been doing stateside since arriving at the end of February.
Jeremiah has gone to several doctors appointments concerning his on going health issues. In additions to the h pylori, typhoid, eroded esophagus he was previously diagnosed with they found that he also had c diff. After taking a few rounds of  strong antibiotics the nausea, dry heaving, etc stopped for about a month. He is better than what he was but is still scheduling appointments for further treatment. 
When we arrived in the states several people gave household items and a vehicle so we had everything we needed to settle down in the states for 6 months. Praise God for His provision through His people!

There was an unusual amount of snow when we came and we believe it was because the children were praying for it. :) It was the first time Jonathan and Carys saw snow. They all had a lot of fun playing in it.

Shortly after arriving we were able to meet up with our old co workers in Cameroon, Brian and Jael Harris, for their daughter Zeal's birthday. It was encouraging seeing them and how the Lord is working in their lives.

Hannah has been enjoying helping out a young mother in the Church with her twins. She absolutely loves it!

It's been nice getting my cup filled and overflowing with different Bible studies.

Jeremiah always enjoys cooking for others and is a great host! Come on out and we'll feed you! 

He has also been busy studying for a test to become a NSCA Certified Personal Trainer. This will help him be more effective in the gym ministry in Cameroon if we are able to go back.

Carys loves having her daddy as her soccer coach. 

Having the kids in soccer has been a good tool for learning how to be team players and develop other character traits. They have learned to win & lose gracefully and have had fun improving their soccer skills. 

We have had much joy spending time with other Christian families such as the Osebreh's next door and the Reijgers who traveled from North Carolina.

And also the Keikkala's who flew from Oregon and brought much encouragement. We are blessed to have such loved ones to encourage and motivate us.

Meanwhile back home in Cameroon the ministry moves forward. Home assemblies are held at our house. Abel is doing a great job leading these. 

The school is able to run most days in spite of continued troubles in Cameroon.

It's comforting knowing the kids are in good hands.

Please keep Jeremiah's health in prayers, that he can continue to improve and be well. Also please pray for their to be peace in Cameroon. Things seem to be getting more and more volatile. Many homes have been destroyed, people are being killed, an losing so much. We hope to be able to help with some projects to alleviate the suffering, even while we are here, but pray for a lasting solution to the crisis.

Finally, thank you all so much! We are overwhelmed with the love and support that has been shown to us and words cannot fully express our gratitude toward you, but we thank you and pray God continues to bless you. 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

December to February Update

Hey All! It is hard to believe that it has been 3 months since we last updated our blog! Things have been quite hectic these last few months and there is a lot we want to share with you all. For one thing, this blog post is coming to you from the US of A! (More on that in the next post, which will hopefully come out next week.) But let's take a moment and review some of the stuff that happened since the last time we posted in December.

We were so happy to see our staff member, good friend and faithful disciple, Elizabeth, graduate from the University of Buea. I was honored to be asked to speak at the reception in her home. We thank God for some of the wonderful people with whom He has brought us into contact. 

Thanks for those who helped send money for our school kids' Christmas gifts. I think you could say they enjoyed them! 

We had another competition with our gym guys as the year drew to an end. The turnout was great and the guys really enjoyed it. Michael was our winner for the 3rd time in a row, squatting over 500 pounds and deadlifting 550. William, in the blue beside me is one of the faithful saints in Cameroon, and is a tremendous encouragement to me. 

We were greatly blessed to have my parents out for Christmas and the New Year. The kids really enjoyed having grandma and grandpa around and we appreciated them coming in spite of the tense situation in Cameroon. 
We had a fun barbecue/cookout for a large group of missionary kids from Rainforest International School who had come to climb Mount Cameroon in January. We really enjoy hosting people and encouraging through hospitality. 

Brittney, Alima, and Hannah had a chance to travel to the West province of Cameroon to take part in a women's retreat in January. 
Brittney got to teach and as always did a great job. Many were greatly encouraged by her presence there and also by Hannah, who was there for her 11th Birthday! 

We received messages that schools were being threatened in early February. People were rushing to take their kids home, as we were told rebels were in the area. We brought the school kids down to our house, closed up school and had parents come and bring a change of clothes so the students could return safely home. Thankfully the threats never materialized and school could resume that week. 

In February, we had a great opportunity for some of our staff to get trained in the ACE system that we use for our school.Elizabeth, Rosette, Lucy, Sophia and Mary all did a great job at the program.

Monday-Friday, our staff worked hard from 8 AM to 5 PM in an intensive Supervisor Training Program. It was such a blessing that this opportunity was available. 

Our staff got to experience the life of their students, raising their flags, working on PACEs, taking tests, using a goal card, scoring and more.  

A gentleman from Nigeria came and did an excellent job conducting the training. We are so grateful that God helped work this out, and for those of you who helped sponsor the training. 

We also had a wonderful chance in February at the end of the 2nd quarter, to take the school kids to the zoo, and it happened on Jonathan's birthday too! We hired a bus and went town to Limbe. 

The kids (and staff also) were fascinated by the animals at the zoo. God surely made some amazing creatures both great and small. 

I may be biased but I think we have some of the cutest school kids around. 

The Limbe Wildlife Center takes in animals that are illegally kept as pets and tries to rehabilitate them. Cameroon's wildlife is actually quite endangered as illegal hunting means we hardly ever see a wild animal. In fact, aside from birds, a few squirrels, lizards and snakes, I don't think I have seen any other wild animals in Cameroon in the past 6 years. 

After the zoo, we went down to the beach at Limbe and had a yummy meal of roasted fish. It was pretty delicious. Many of our students had never left Buea, and few had been to Limbe, which is only about 20 miles from Buea. 

We thank God for the chance to spend some fun time with our kids and enjoy the wonders of God's creation. So much happened in the last 3 months, we are humbled and grateful to our God who makes all these things possible. We also thank you all who help sponsor our students and school. You are making a difference! 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Pictures and Projects

Hey All!

We hope this finds you all well and blessed. We just wanted to take quick minute to share with you a couple of pictures, and some ideas we had for some special "Christmas projects" in case you'd be interested. We'd love to hear from you to know how your year has gone and what are some things we can pray for you for the next year!

And if you'd like to come for a visit, we'll hook you up with some Christmas goodies... maybe some chocolate peanut butter balls. Yummm! 

Or if you prefer to not gain 15 pounds this Christmas season :D, maybe you can have some of the fresh greens we are trying to grow in our kids' garden. (You're welcome to them, that means less veggies that I have to eat, Ha Ha!)

I really enjoyed taking the kids that made Honor Roll out for a special meal. 
Hannah, Melanie, John, Onana, Joshua and Jonathan. Good kids here, we are blessed to see them growing in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and men. 

A pretty big prayer request: Cameroon is in a downward spiral of violence. Civil war is all but inevitable, and things seem to be heating up at an almost exponential rate. The last 2 months have seen a significant escalation in the crisis here. Fighting has been going on not even 100 miles away. Please pray for peace and resolution. God only knows the future, but without some Divine Intervention, things look grim. We need the Prince of Peace to heal this land's growing schisms. 

Well, Christmas time is here, and as usual, we like to share a few projects and ideas for those who would like to know of ways they can be involved with the work here. This year, we could especially use the extra help with these projects, as we have run into some unexpected financial hurdles in the last few weeks. 

1- Christmas gifts for our students. We'd like to buy a few small gifts for our school students. Some of them will not receive anything at this time of year. $5 a child would let us buy nice simple gifts for our students. There are 27 kids. If you'd like to help out with this, we would love to send you a picture of the kids with their gifts. School closes next week by Wednesday, so please let us know ASAP if you'd be interested in helping with this. 
2- Bonuses for our staff. We'd like to help our staff out with some end-of-year/Christmas bonuses. There are a lot of additional expenses facing families at this time of year... a little extra cash to help spread holiday cheer would be a big blessing. We have 7 full/part time school and gym staff... you could be a huge blessing to our hard-working staff for as little as $50. We'd like to give these out at our staff Christmas party next Saturday (the 23rd). We've done these above two things every year, but with our current financial situation, won't be able to move forward with them without some help. 
3- Staff Training Seminar: We have a great opportunity to help equip and train our Cameroonian teaching staff. There will be a special ACE (the educational system we use in our school) training session, the 2nd week of January, in Limbe, about 35 minutes away from us. Trainers and instructors will be coming from Nigeria for a week-long program. We'd really really like to send our staff for this program. The cost is $200 per person and we have 5 staff members we'd like to send. We don't know when such an opportunity will again present itself, so would really like to take advantage of it, but will need some special help to make it possible. 
4- Some Rent Help: As I mentioned, we have gotten hit with a number of unexpected financial expenses. We aren't in debt (yet), but things are fairly tight. If you'd like to help us out personally, we could use a little help paying rents this month... we have rents due for the gym, the schoolhouse, and our own house. We usually budget for these and save up... but as I said, due to some unforeseen circumstances, it is going to be very tight trying to meet all of these obligations. 

We know God will take care of all our needs, as He always has, but also know the generosity of our beloved family and friends in Christ, and the joy that comes with being able to give, and this is why we share these things with you all. We do wish you all a very merry Christmas and a blessed and happy New Year! God bless you guys! 

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