Friday, 18 October 2013

Happy hellos and obstacles to overcome.

 Greetings from the slopes of an active volcano in Buea, Cameroon, Africa! It only took 32 hours to get here from the time we left Fayette, MO to the time we arrived in our house in Cameroon. It is a blessing to have all 3 kids be such great travelers. When we arrived in the airport we had a welcome party from a group of Cameroonians we've been working with. It was really nice to see them again and made us feel like we are making a difference in the lives of the souls here- to God be the glory!

Since being back we have had several people come and visit us. Brother Aaron on Jeremiah's left came to visit us along with 2 brothers from Maroua and Garoua in the far north of the country. 

Sister Pascaline is a lady that always enjoys discussing the Scripture. She is one of the ladies I am close to in Cameroon. While we were in the States she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Lydia Brittney Kudi. :)

The young men staying in our house did a good job looking after our house while we were gone and had it all straightened up when we got back. However, due to the intense rains and the age of the house it had severe mold issues, broken locks, electrical and plumbing problems, and roof leakages. We had to throw a lot of our clothes, sheets, pillows, etc away. I'm still working on cleaning the mold one room at a time.

One of the men that stayed in our house caught a thief in the middle of trying to break down the door. The neighbors wanted to kill the thief as an example to the other thieves that have been stealing from their homes but the young man let him go.

We had another issue concerning our gym. We left a friend in charge of the gym while we were gone and we asked him to keep the same gym times and not to accept new members until we got back. The landlady drove our friend and the old members away, took money from new members, and changed the times. Then she thought we weren't coming back so she decided to try to take over the gym and make it her own business. Things are working out but please pray that things get completely resolved with the gym.

I am so thankful for my Jeremiah's great example and Godly character. Through all the difficulties he continues to have a good attitude and focus on the positive. He also works from the time he wakes up to the time he lays down and yet makes time for the kids too. He is a blessing to his family and to all he meets. 

Hannah and Jonathan are adjusting quickly though they miss their friends and family in the States and in Ghana. Hannah drew a picture of Cameroon and wrote above it, "People I love are in this country." Jonathan likes giving hugs to everyone he meets. Carys is a smiley baby and wasn't effected by jet lag at all when the other kids stayed up until 1 am. :)

We will probably be in the process of settling in for days to come, but the joy we have in seeing people that we've invested our time and love in cannot be described. There have been so many warm greetings, and it is clear that we have made a difference in people's lives, and hope to be able to continue to do so, by the power of Christ. 

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