Friday, 28 September 2012

The Rough Roads of Cameroon

Cameroon has some of the worst roads in the world, particularly here in the Southwest where mud roads meet up with some of the heaviest rainfall in the world. A four-wheel drive with good clearance is practically a necessity if you want to do any work in the villages. Check out these videos from YouTube of some village roads here in the Southwest region! :D Thank God, they are doing some road work on a few of the bad roads in the Southwest- pray that they can continue- it will open up the region tremendously. In the meantime, enjoy these adventurous folks' videos!

These are some of the roads we traveled on when we went to Fredrecks village to teach and preach earlier this year. Though the roads were still bad we were thankful we didn't try to go during the rainy season or the roads would have been worse as shown in these videos. :)

Thank you for your continued prayers as we take the Gospel to places that are hard to reach!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

A Mixed Pot of Update

Hey All,

Here's a quick update of some of the latest news.

The gym ministry has been going well. We have had over 30 people sign up for the gym and about 10 are pretty regular. (Many people sign up but don't stick with it). We have been able to have good discussions with them, always praying when we train. Two of the guys, Philip and Alfred, have agreed to studies with Jeremiah. Last Sunday, we went to visit Philip and his family on our family walk. He has 3 kids, a nine year old, a three year old and an infant. We then went and visited the family of one of the ladies that Brittney trains, Emmanuella. Her dad showed us around his house and treated our kids to some rice and stew- yummy! They were an extremely friendly family, and we pray that God may use us to reach them. Another of the gym guys, Alfred, lives and works within about 2 blocks of our house. He is a law student at the University, and is a neat young man who has been very regular in the gym. Jeremiah will be visiting him at the house for studies this week.

Another of Jeremiah's friends, Elias, came back from summer break. Before he went on break Jeremiah was having Bible studies with him and Elias really enjoys them. We've already made a plan to resume our studies soon. When he came back, he brought a few gifts from Besong-Abang, his home village which is near Mamfe. He brought a Bible in his language, Kenyang, which is the same language that Frederick speaks, along with some coconuts and oranges. It's encouraging to see that he feels like he has been blessed by our studies.

Brittney has been able to help start a young women's fellowship to help the young ladies in the Church deal with some of the challenges they face day-to-day. The meet every other week to discuss and try and come out with solutions. Brittney is trying to steer the group from a law-based solution towards a faith-based solution. We will also be having our once-a-month youth night this coming Tuesday.

Our car situation as of now is this- we have been receiving donations from individuals, churches and organizations to help us out with replacing our car. The 4Runner is being beaten (literally- they call the body shop the panel beater) back into shape so we can try and sell it. In the meantime, we are also car-shopping, trying to find something reliable AND affordable. We pray that we can do this sooner than later, as we were unable to go to Maumu this month for Jeremiah to preach because we can't get there in a taxi, and we won't all fit (at least safely) on the back of a motorcycle. 

As you can see, we thank God we have been able to stay pretty busy the last weeks, and we pray that we can continue to have the faith to keep stepping through doors that God opens. Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement, and keep on shining!

Jeremiah and Brittney 

Monday, 3 September 2012

This is my beloved, And this is my friend.

I am blessed to be married to an absolutely amazing man:

"When in Rome..." Jeremiah dressed up in Ntenoko traditional wear to go to one of their cultural meetings. Throughout our 6+ years of marriage I have seen Jeremiah talk with many different people and he always seems to know what they are interested in and is able to talk about it with them. "For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law..." I Cor. 9:19-20 going.

Jeremiah is my favorite teacher and preacher and it's a good thing because I am blessed with many opportunities to hear him speak. He has a lot of passion and zeal for the Lord and it shows in everything he does...

Others also enjoy listening to him teach. The youth had so much fun during our first 2 youth nights they decided to schedule and announce the 3rd before informing us.

Jeremiah is the sweetest man I know. He often does "little" things to make me feel loved such as writing sweet notes and picking flowers for me.

Wherever he is he is sure to get involved and help out anyway he can.. Here Jeremiah is helping coach basketball during the homeschooling co-op.

Family walks are never just walks with daddy, it's always an adventure! Jeremiah has a big imagination and it rubs off on the kids as he finds fun ways to make a simple walk an adventure.

Jeremiah is one of the busiest men I know but he always makes time to do what is important to him such as leading family devotions after a full day of work.

His great smile and attractiveness are just a bonus on top of his Godly character.

With the help of God Jeremiah does a lot to keep our family/ministry moving forward and though it's not always easy he does it with a good attitude and servant heart. We are blessed to have such a spirit-led man as the head of our family.

"His mouth is most sweet,
Yes, he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved,
And this is my friend..."
Song of Solomon 5:16

Blessed by the King,