We’re Back!

We thank the Lord for bringing us back from Cameroon safely and in good health. Our visit could not have gone better. In fact, it went so well that we left almost in tears knowing that it will be at least two and a half years before we can return. Our logical reasons for choosing to go to Cameroon have now turned into deep affection for our fellow missionaries, for those who are without Christ, for the state of the church in Cameroon, and for the pleas of many different people groups begging us to translate the Bible for them. Our desire to make disciples and for Bible translation has been confirmed by this trip and we pray that the Lord would allow us to return quickly.This was quite a packed trip – we did mini-surveys of around 6 different language groups. We were absolutely blown away by people yearning and pleading to have the Bible translated into their languages. One people group had already built a house for a Bible translator to come live in and translate for them. Another people group we found singing and dancing to a song “Come to us” upon our arrival. Later on in that people group, a brother in the Lord put his hands together pleading for us to select them as a language project because he and his people were so hungry for the Word. Another people group has already formed a language committee and said they will do their best to work on constructing an alphabet and teaching people to read and write as they await our return. One lady asked me if I would come back to Cameroon and I said, “Yes, if the Lord wills.” She replied, “He does will!” (Well that was easy huh?) We made it very clear we would only translate for one people group so each group argued as to why we should come to them and not the others. Overall they argued, “We are so so so hungry for the Word of God.”

The decision as to which people group to translate for is very very difficult. We are definitely leaning towards a particular people group, but we want our future teammate Steve to meet with them when he goes to Cameroon in January before we officially decide.

Our next step is to raise support and we are praying that we will raise it all by June of 2011. If you would like more information about partnering with us in our ministry please email us at stacey.hare@worldteam.org.

Thank you to those who prayed for us during this trip. The Lord heard and answered them.

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Author: Stacey Hare

Stacey is a wife, mom, linguist, and Bible translator. Right now she is working on the writing system for the Kwakum including how to mark tone. Literacy among the Kwakum is already beginning and translation is scheduled to begin in September 2019!

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