Posted in Africa The Hare Home

Merry Christmas from the Hares!

Merry Christmas from the Hares. We celebrated with presents, cupcakes, church, and a lot more dancing than we would have in the States. So overall it was a great day.One amazing aspect of Christmas this year was the sheer mass of children that the Lord has brought to our church. We decided not long after we moved in that we should add a children’s ministry focus to our lives. It is beyond belief how God has used that prayer. It was a great celebration. May God continue to grow his church in Cameroon for years to come!

Continue Reading...
Posted in Encouragements and Exhortations Prosperity Theology The Hare Home

The Goodness and God-ness of God in Tragedy

I cannot tell you how I felt when I first heard the news. Like, you know you should be feeling loss, but in reality all you feel is complete disbelief. She was only 36. She was a wife and a mother of six children. And she was gone. Even living here, in Cameroon, this would be surprising. But I am not talking about my neighbor. Lynn Shreve, a young American living in Louisville and attending every week our main sending church died in her sleep Thursday night. This is a tragic loss for her family and for our church, and…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Encouragements and Exhortations The Hare Home

Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing

This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those…who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing…For the present form of this world is passing away. 1 Corinthians 7:28–31 There are two main burdens weighing on me right now. The first and foremost being the fact that my mom has stage 3 ovarian cancer (as we have written in our previous blog posts). This is a deep sorrow that is just always there. The second burden has been the growing hardness of…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Africa Christian Missions The Hare Home

How to Provide For and Hate Your Family

We are facing a situation right now that is no doubt very common for missionaries, but very difficult. As you may have read in our last post, Stacey’s mom has cancer. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and prayer that we have received. Stacey is frequently in communication with her parents and they also are receiving much love. Thank you for those who have reached out. Beyond encouragement, we have also received counsel from those who have contacted us. Thank you for those of you who have recounted your experiences with sick parents and helped us think…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Christian Missions Encouragements and Exhortations The Hare Home

My Mom Has Cancer…So, Why Am I Here?

This week I received hard news from home: my mom has cancer. And it is in an advanced stage and is very serious. As can be expected, this news has brought a flood of emotions and many, many tears. My oldest son Kaden just sat on my lap and sobbed. He said that he wanted to see her soon “in person” and that he was really concerned for his Grandpa’s feelings through all of this. Makyra stopped a stranger on the street and asked them to pray. And Elias is fervently praying that God will take away Grandma’s “cancer ball”…

Continue Reading...
Posted in The Hare Home

A Funny and Not-So-Funny Hare Family Update…

The funny and not-so-funny are all mixed into a normal day for us, so we thought we would share them all together… Zoey Zoey gets in trouble every day for her mouth: for talking when she is not supposed to, for interrupting, for her tone, for lying, and for saying unkind things. And so, one day, she comes to me, sits down, and says, “Mom, there is only one thing for us to do. We have to tape my mouth shut. That is the only way.” We tried it, but it did not work (turns out the heart is the…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Africa Christian Missions The Hare Home

My Neighbors Ate My Dog, and I am Sad

I am not a very sentimental person. And to be honest I have felt a little perplexed when I have seen people mourn the loss of a pet. I have had many pets throughout my 33 years of existence. I have given many of them away, some have run away, and a few have died. Just since we have been here in Cameroon we have lost 3 adult cats, 3 kittens, a Western Tree Hyrax, and most recently a tortoise named Jack. I was sad to see them go, especially the ones that died. Sad because I knew that this…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Africa Bible Translation Christian Missions God’s Work in Cameroon Partnership Development Prayer The Hare Home

[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!

Continue Reading...
Posted in Africa The Hare Home

Is This For Real?

Our lives here in Cameroon are becoming our “new normal” but every once and a while we look at one another and say, “Is this for real?” Here are some funny examples… Daily Comings and Goings The other day, I looked out our window and there was a 50-something year old woman with her dress lifted up, squatting in the middle of our lawn relieving herself. We have since posted a sign asking people to not urinate on the lawn…but it strangely disappeared last time we went out of town…. One thing that you would not find in America…fake hair…

Continue Reading...
Posted in Africa The Hare Home

A Very Muddy Update

After almost 4 months of no rain, we finally had our first major rainstorm, complete with small hail and all! Since I have some great photos of us playing in the rain, I figured it would be a great time to give you an update about the family.Kaden Kaden is a joy in our lives. He is our most considerate and sensitive child. He loves to go out and play in the rain, though it really does not like to be dirty. For his 7th birthday, Kaden received his first personal Bible. We have started to do a study with…

Continue Reading...