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.

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