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The beginning of the beginning | Pray for March 30th

It has been almost 15 years since Stacey and I started to pursue missions together. We have been through seminary, adoption, support raising, linguistic training, French, Kwakum learning, more linguistic training, and more Kwakum learning and analysis. The point of all of this work has been to be a part of bringing God’s Word to a people group that does not have it. Starting in November we began building a house, which we call Itɔɔ Kwakum ‘the Kwakum House’ where we will begin literacy and translation. That house is going to be opened and dedicated on March 30th. Another missionary…

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Kwakum Community Choosing an Alphabet on Tuesday: Please Pray

The first time we met members from one particular village, after we explained that we wanted to write down their language and translate the Bible, said, “If you don’t pick the letter for the sound “s” that we want, we won’t touch your Bible.” These words echo in my mind as THE meeting to choose an alphabet approaches. This Tuesday, in a Kwakum village called Beul, representatives from every Kwakúm village will be coming to decide which letters they want to represent the sounds of their language. I have been indirectly preparing for this meeting for years and intensely preparing…

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4 Reasons to Teach Your Kids About the Persecuted Church

When Stacey and I were teaching the Kindergarten – 1stGrade Sunday School class in Dallas, we studied and prayed for the persecuted church (using a curriculum put together by Voice of the Martyrs). When the kids left we would give them some prayer requests to pray through with their families during the week. In handing a prayer sheet to one of the kids’ mothers, she said to me: “This is pretty heavy stuff for a Kindergartener.” I thought about what she said, and I agree. It is heavy. However, I do think it is worth it to teach our children,…

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Sometimes I Don’t Even Know What to Pray

As many of you  know, our family has spent the last 17 months in the US. And now, we have been full time back in the village for a couple weeks. Our hearts have been delighted to see the smiles of our friends and to hear them welcoming us back (and even understand them!). We see new babies and new houses. Our church has worked hard and is now a mud-brick building with a tin roof.But nearly every encounter is also a reminder of loss. Our dear friends Simon and Carine died while we were away. Carine’s father actually died…

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Day #10: Pray that we could live a peaceful and quiet life

We are so thankful to live in a country where the government is not opposed to missionaries. We entered Cameroon originally on visas that listed our role as “missionaries” and have never felt any tension in that regard. However, governments change, and even within an overall supportive government you can sometimes have individuals that can oppose you. We were told when we first met with the mayor of our town that if we did not have his blessing we might as well move onto a different people group. All of that to say, the government leaders in Cameroon can greatly affect…

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Day #9: Pray for a Ministry of Love

As we go to Cameroon we have a lot of goals and there is much that we want to accomplish. We want to translate the Bible, teach people to read, help build the still small and weak Bakoum church, and all along raise our family and minister to our neighbors. But we also recognize that we can do all of that without love, and as a result it would be worth nothing. And we know that because God first loved us, we can go out and love others. Pray that God would give us a heart to love our neighbors,…

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Day #8: Pray for Competent National Translators

I once admitted to a pastor that I was hesitant to preach in churches because of James 3:1: “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” This pastor responded to me: “Do you think that the judgment is going to be LESS strict for those who are translating his Word?!” His warning has been well received. As we begin Bible translation this term, we are going to be producing the text that future Bakoum pastor’s will preach from. Our task is both difficult and serious. Of…

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Day #7: Pray for Wisdom in Money Matters

Mary T. Lederleitner in her book Cross Cultural Partnerships writes about how money matters cause many divisions in cross-cultural partnerships: Cross-cultural partnerships are on the rise. They have become a primary method in which churches and organizations engage in global missions. Partners from different cultures and contexts start working together with the hope of accomplishing great things for the kingdom of God. Yet despite their noble dreams and aspirations, working through cultural differences that surround money can become overwhelming at times. Over the years I have witnessed often that these cultural differences about how funds are utilized and accounted for…

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Day #6: Pray for Future Co-Workers

There is so much work to be done among the Bakoum and surrounding people groups. The efforts of Dave and I are but a drop in the bucket. We would love to see full-time literacy workers, someone to come start a Christian school, church planters, people to work with children, and medical workers. The people groups around us are also without the Scriptures. We simply need more life-long workers beside us in Cameroon. Pray that the Lord would send out more laborers among the harvest in Eastern Cameroon Pray that the Lord would send out Bible translators for our neighbors:…

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Day #5: Pray for the Writing System and for Literacy

Working through the kinks of a writing system can be a very emotionally charged process (in some countries it has caused riots). Therefore, please pray that the process of proposing, testing, and implementing the writing system would be peaceful. Pray that the Bakoum writing system would be standardized and used. Pray also for literacy. If we attain an excellent writing system, but this writing system is not taught, then it is nothing more than a trophy without any function. Pray that we would have a thriving literacy program – that we would have writers’ workshops, that we would train teachers…

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