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Discouragement: The Great Missionary Paralyzer

Often in the face of dangers, missionaries reassure themselves that if just one soul is spared from Hell and spends eternity worshipping Christ, or if there is a Bible left behind, or a church is planted, then their missionary service is worth it. The crisis for the missionary comes when there is no visible fruit. The scales in the mind of a missionary are constantly weighing the cost-benefit of the choice made to leave the familiar and embrace the foreign. It is when the costs are forefront in the mind of a missionary and the benefits are non-existent that a…

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[VIDEO] Letters Behind Your Name, Without Love, Mean Nothing

Dave and I graduated from The Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics both with Masters in Bible translation. We are thrilled to be done and tremendously grateful for this institution that has equipped us well for the task of Bible translation. And yet in this season of accomplishment and relief, the Lord through his Word reminds us that his calling is higher than just letters behind our names. Paul says that even IF we speak multiple languages, if we speak them with loveless hearts, we are simply obnoxious. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have…

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The Double-Edged Sword: Theology and Linguistics

I believe that at times Satan tries to convince us that the best way to honor God is to fight with one another. We criticise one another and sometimes pit two doctrines, or two pastors, or two methodologies against each other unnecessarily. In this vein, we have sometimes heard in the missions community a criticism of linguistics/linguistic education OR on the other side, a criticism of theology/theological education. If you know Dave and I at all, you probably know that we have pursued both theology and linguistics. And in doing so, we have discovered that training in linguistics and theology as…

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All Safe and Blessed: A Tribute to a Sister (Not) Lost

Several years ago, a missionary from Burkina Faso came to Eastern Cameroon to tell people about Jesus. He lived in a city called Bertoua and while he was there he met a young lady named Audrey. He shared the Gospel with her and she believed. However, when Audrey shared the Gospel with her mother, Carine, she rejected it. She didn’t believe that Jesus was enough, but instead believed that it was her good works that would make her acceptable before God. Through many prayers and conversations, Audrey won her mother to the Lord. Audrey and Carine then began to worship…

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[VIDEO] Four Years, Two Languages, Still So Much to Do

I am sure that many of you have seen the new video in our most recent newsletter, but I wanted to post it here as well. And, just for memories sake, I also have posted the video we did at the end of our time in France as well. These two videos represent the last four years of our lives. It has been a tough climb but we are so thankful to see fruit of our labors and the grace of God throughout. Now onto bigger and better things! End if First Term in Cameroon:Year in Review from France:

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Black Sunday: Saying Goodbye to Bonnie

I am calling today “Black Sunday” because tomorrow our home school teacher, sister in Christ, and friend Bonnie Marcum will be flying out to go back home to the US. We are happy for all the opportunities and relationships that await her there, but we are all sad to see her go. Let me share a little bit about the impact that she has made on us this past year… When Bonnie arrived here, we were all more-or-less dribbling, slobbering babies. Dave and I were barely able to put a sentence together in Bakoum and, on good days, were talking…

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Leaving today for Cameroon!

by Stacey Today we will be driving to Geneva, Switzerland with our four kids and 12 pieces of luggage to board a plane headed to Cameroon, Africa. Although our minds are currently filled with the details of our trip, in the seldom quite moments, we are reminded and encouraged that there is no “foreign land” that is out of the reach of our Lord’s presence in our lives… “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?   If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you…

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We Love Louisville!

by Stacey We had no idea how much we missed Louisville until we recently spent a week with friends and church family.  We treasured every minute of it and felt at home back in a familiar church, driving around on familiar streets, and being with people who know us well. We were having such a great time that we forgot to take pictures of a lot of loved ones. However, we did remember to take a couple…   This is Karen Danka. She was so kind to make us dinner, hosted an Open House in our honor, and even make a…

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