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Day #4: Pray for our Family

By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.  John 13:35 Pray we’d love like Christ. Pray that the love that Dave and I have for one another and for our children – that it would not be assumed to be part of “white-people” culture, but instead would communicate that our love is an overflow of the love with which we have been loved by God. Pray for physical health. Pray especially for Dave as he spent our last term sick half the time. Pray that the Lord would keep us…

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Day #3: Pray for a Mastery of the Language

Dave read a book a few years back that described the history of missions in Africa. One striking characteristic of the missionary community was that they achieved a mastery over local languages to the point that they were called teachers of the Bakoum language to the Bakoum (for example).This is what we want.We want to be conversant in the language, we want to teach abstract spiritual truths in the language, tell jokes, give a simple gospel presentation to a child, and disciple new believers. We want to know the grammar of the language, the various tonological processes, how to read…

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Day #2: Pray for Great Relationships with our Bakoum Co-workers

Mary T. Lederleitner in her book Cross Cultural Partnerships says: In order to work together well we need to listen to one another. We need to not only deeply grasp how our partners feel and what they believe but also take the additional step to understand why such feelings and beliefs are wholly logical within a given context. If we can see the logic of a person’s worldview, if we can value it as being wholly reasonable given a unique cultural heritage and history, from that place of mutual respect and dignity we can find new and creative ways to…

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Day #1: Pray for FRUIT

We are scheduled to fly out to Cameroon on August 20th and are feeling our great need of the Lord and of people to intercede on our behalf. So, for the next 10 days we will be sharing a specific way you can be praying for us as we transition back to Cameroon. Our first prayer request is that this will be the term if great fruit… This is the term that we have patiently waited for for over a decade. I committed my life to missions my senior year of college, and now, FIFTEEN years later, we will finally…

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Posted in Poverty Prayer

Does God Expect us to Change the World?

Imagine a child, just before his first trip to the ocean, telling you he is going to fit the whole ocean in his toy bucket. It is only when he stands on the seashore and soaks up the immensity of this body of water, that he is able to see the ridiculous nature of his ambitions. Why? Because no matter how hard he tries the ocean is simply too big for him to master. This is how we feel about the problems in which we face on a daily basis: poverty, injustice, corruption, sexism, illiteracy, abuse, false gospels, and lack…

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Slaying the Beast of Tone: Two Week Tone Workshop Starting Tomorrow

Our greatest enemy in the Bakoum language is hands down the fact that it carries its meaning in how high or how low one’s voice is. That’s right, it is a tonal language. And so far this great enemy is more-or-less defeating us. I believe that it is because of tone that we are not yet able to tell Bible stories in Bakoum to the children in our village. We have the right words, but we simply read the words using the wrong tones. I wonder if there is anyone who can tell me the difference between column A and…

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If Faith Comes by Hearing, How Do We Pray for Bible-less Peoples?

Am I the only one who starts to pray for a Bible-less people group but gets a little stuck? I start my prayer like this: “May they put their faith in Christ”….but then I realize they do not have a good understanding of who he is. So I try a different approach: Oh God, please change this people…but then I am reminded that without the power of the Spirit, we all remain slaves to sin. It is only those who repent and believe in Christ who receive the Holy Spirit. And then that brings me back to prayer attempt #1:…

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[Videos] Can We Come to VBS 2016?

Like last year, we made some videos for VBS. We made them for a specific church, but I am putting them here on the blog with the hopes that several churches will introduce our ministry to their kids this VBS. There are five videos, one for each day of the week. Check them out!Video #1: Our Friends Video #2: What We Do for Fun Video #3: Church Video #4: School Video #5: Our Work Thanks for including us in your VBS program. This time next year, we will be back in the States for our first home assignment!

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VBS Next Week: Satan, Demons, the Souls of the Deceased, and the Supremacy of Jesus Over All

Monday launches our annual 5-day Bible club for the local neighborhood kids! If it is anything like last year, we expect there to be 50-100 kids ranging from toddlers to teenagers at our door eagerly waiting for it to start each day. We plan to do games like tug-o-war, sing songs, have a teaching time, and then have them color pictures. To this day, when we go into people’s houses, there, hanging proudly on their walls are the now sun-bleached pictures that their kids colored last year. Needless to say, both we and our local young friends are looking forward…

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Launching of Bakoum Language Development Committee Tomorrow: Please Pray

By Stacey Well tomorrow is the day. It is the launching of the language development project for which we have been praying and preparing for years. If all goes as planned, we will have this 6 hour meeting at city hall with over a hundred representatives who have been selected from each Bakoum village.  Jean Yves, the Cameroonian brother who is helping us mobilize the community, will be here tonight and will preside over the meeting. I am going to pick up a Cameroonian-style dress I am having made later today. All that to say, this meeting is a big…

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