Posted in Africa Christian Missions Culture Culture Shock Encouragements and Exhortations

“Culturally Competent” Yet Still on the Outside

This last week, Dave’s drafting team was working in our village. Watching them work and talk, I was reminded how I have come to consider them to be some of my closest friends. We are united in the Lord, in the work, and in our love for one another. During our shared meal, this group of guys started telling some of their traditional folktales, full of wild arm movements, animal imitations, and silly faces. They were cracking up to the point of crying, sometimes having a hard time getting the words out, and slapping each other on the back for…

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Posted in Africa Christian Missions Common Objections FAQ

FAQ: Aren’t Missionaries Really Just Colonists?

Someone recently asked us to address this accusation: “By developing an alphabet and insisting these indigenous peoples of color learn a written language, you are acting as oppressive Western colonists.” While it is true that there are some similarities between missionaries and colonists (i.e. both left their home cultures and both come to bring about change) there are enormous differences. Here are a few: We come to give. Have you ever heard of King Leopold II of Belgium? If not, check out Dave’s blog HERE. King Leopold boldly came into Africa (specifically the region of the Congo) and claimed it…

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Posted in Africa Current Events Encouragements and Exhortations

When does a protest become village-burning?

People have asked us for our take on the racial tensions in the US and although I haven’t spent much time following it, this week I watched a video of people vandalizing a Target. The images I saw were strikingly similar to the violence we constantly hear about on the English-speaking side of Cameroon. I think the burning, pillaging, and violence we find here could shed some light on the conflict currently taking place in the States. The Anglophone Crisis: A Little History Relations between the former British colonies and the former French colonies have been tense since the independence…

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Posted in Linguistics Literacy Video

[VIDEO] The Making of a Literacy Primer

There are two groups of people among the Kwakum: Those who have some knowledge of how to read and write in French and those who have no knowledge of how to read and write in any language whatsoever. We have already started literacy classes for those who have some knowledge of French comparing the two languages and in September we will start literacy for those who do not even know the letter “A”. I recently finished creating a book describing how to read and write in Kwakum for those who have no knowledge of reading and writing at all. This…

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Posted in Africa Christian Missions Encouragements and Exhortations

The Balance Between Drive and Submission

There truly is a delicate balance between raw determination (I-will-do-this-or-die-trying) and submission to the limits that God has put on his creatures. I feel this on a daily basis and assume that I am not the only one, although I don’t know that all personality types struggle with this tension. I see this battle in one of my children very acutely.   All of our children are learning to type this summer. One child in particular sits down the computer and expects to type like her parents within the first half an hour. So far, she has spent each day…

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Posted in Christian Missions Encouragements and Exhortations Third Culture Kid

The Role of Unbelieving MKs

I have a friend who grew up on the mission field and even though both she and her brother grew up as MKs (missionary kids) their lives today look very different. Currently, she is a missionary while her brother totters between being called an atheist or an agnostic. Apparently, this scenario is not uncommon: some MKs live passionately for the Lord and his work and others want nothing to do with Christianity. While there are certainly plenty of exceptions, it seems often the children of missionaries fall to one extreme or the other. If then there are a great number…

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Posted in Current Events Prayer

[Prayer Guide] Quarantine Kwakum Prayer Guide

“One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”  ― John Piper How is God going to use Coronavirus for his glory? I think one way is to move his people to increased time in prayer. For me (Stacey), I’ve been in my bedroom this last week as I have been showing mild symptoms of the Coronavirus. Frankly, it is a form of torture for an extrovert to be locked up in the house with people always hanging out outside their window. And yet, the Lord…

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Posted in Africa Bible Translation Christian Missions Video

[VIDEO] “Before Hearing Word of God, I lived like an Animal”

Here is a quick, informal video that we put together on why we do what we do. It is designed for churches or individuals who are just learning about Bible translation among the Kwakum.

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Posted in Current Events Encouragements and Exhortations

Is the Coronavirus affecting our ministry?

Many people have been asking if and how the Coronavirus is affecting life and ministry among the Kwakum people. Until very recently, I would have said that there has not been much of a change here at all. However, a few days ago, the Cameroonian government closed all land and air borders as well as schools. Since then, there has been some changes. The first change is that people are starting to speculate as to why everything has closed. Unfortunately, due to illiteracy as well as unreliable news sources, people are left with hear-say. People are therefore wondering if there…

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Unless the Lord builds the house: Pray with us on Tuesday, Feb 25th

On Tuesday of this week, we officially start translator training with our team of eight Kwakum colleagues. Between Dave and me, we have hundreds of pages of notes that we’ve poured ourselves into in anticipation for this coming training. Pictured above, I am standing in front of pages of lectures that I’ve prepared covering the following topics: the message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelationthe doctrine of inspirationcriteria for what books were chosen to be within the canon of Scripturethe history of Bible translation in Cameroonthe geography, climate, vegetation, and daily life in ancient Israelthe process of Bible translation…

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