After a wonderful visit in Ghana, encouraging and being encouraged, we are back here in Cameroon. It has been a little busy since getting back, like stepping on an already-running treadmill is a little jerky at first, but we are finding our stride and with the help of God, getting things done. We wanted to take a minute and share some New Years News with you! Enjoy!
Our trip to Ghana was tremendous, and it was so good to spend time with some of the saints.
Brian and Jael are on their way! We are so excited to have them here for 3 months, helping out with the work, and discovering life in Cameroon. Please especially pray for Jael's pregnancy. She will be here for her 2nd trimester, and this is a big step of faith to come. Pray they will also have wisdom during this survey trip to see how they can be involved and to make the transition to a new culture and ministry environment.
You can read more on Brian and Jael's blog at http://harrisinexile.blogspot.com/
Speaking of trips, we have decided to postpone our trip to the United States until 2016 for a few reasons:
1- Primarily, we just don't want to drop everything and leave. We initially started planning a trip to the US this coming summer thinking that Brian and Jael Harris, our coworkers who have already begun their journey here, would stay for the summer while we were away. After they bought their tickets, they found out that Jael was pregnant (praise God!) with their first, and given our experiences, we advised them to plan to go back to the US for the birth. That means that if we left this summer, many things would just not be done. The timing is just not good without the Harrises here. When they come back in September and stay for the long haul, they would be here next summer when we would be able to come and see all of you!
2- Cost is also a factor, as the trip runs around $8000 for our family. Making the interval between trips 3 years instead of 2 helps us save for tickets.
3- I had intended to do my ACE Training in the United States this summer, to be certified as a school administrator. It would have made our trip very hectic. I have decided to do this training in South Africa rather. I can complete everything for about the cost of one adult plane ticket to the States. I will be making this trip some time in May or August. By doing this this year (which I need to anyways for our school) our next trip in 2016 to the United States can be a little less hectic, giving us a little more time to spend with all of you.
4- So, we have decided to our postpone this trip. We are sad that it will mean another year until we see many of you again, but we are excited to be able to keep working for the Lord and not lose momentum, as we keep trying to build up the saints here in Cameroon.
One final trip to mention:
Next month Hannah and I will be making a trip to Paris, where I will undergo training for the Let's Start Talking program. If you are unfamiliar with this program, it is a method of evangelistic outreach that uses a Conversational English and Literacy program as a vehicle for discussing the word of God. It is a program that we are really excited about here in Cameroon, as there are many Francophone Cameroonians who would like to improve their English, and so we see a potentially large field of ministry. It also dovetails nicely into our school/educational ministry program here, and is something in which short-term volunteers can also get involved. Their website is www.lst.org. We have booked out tickets and will be leaving on the 23rd of February. I decided to take Hannah with me as we will have a chance for some meaningful daddy-daughter time, and of all our ministry "investments" our kids are our most precious.
Well, that pretty much wraps up this update. Thanks for reading and HAPPY NEW YEAR!