We are in an intense period right now. We are finishing up Nathan’s thesis so he can actually graduate (from Westminster Seminary California with a Master of Arts in Historical Theology), we are trying to find work to get some income in, we are preparing to go to Cameroon for two weeks with our baby while Nathan’s parents take care of our other 4, I am trying to get all my shifts in at the ER so I can “graduate” from Palomar Hospital’s Intern program, we are preparing to move in a few months….oh, and we are trying to catch up on homeschooling because we had to take a break when I had Talia!
I’m tired just typing all of that. 😛 And if you would like to pray for us, we have just sent out a prayer letter. Sign up here and we will send it to you!
I am a planner. So I am trying to imagine all the things that I should be preparing for during our trip to Cameroon. We will be going from this:
We will not be in the city of Douala long, but will be visiting Bamenda and Kumba, which are more like this:This image of Kumba’s High School is, from what we’ve seen, fairly typical of public buildings. No money wasted on planters, fountains, or new paint. And this is definitely life in the tropics – I can taste the air just looking at this picture!
We have been moving towards this step for about 5 years now, and we aren’t even “there” yet. I have felt frustrated at times, and at other times I feel gratitude for the preparation phase of our life taking place in clean, prosperous California and Canada. It would be a culture shock, there is no doubt, moving from California to Cameroon, Africa. And just going for two weeks will be intense and tiring and exhilirating and crazy and a whole lot more I don’t even know about yet! We are planning on meeting with some people and exploring opportunities for Nathan to serve in a teaching role to Cameroonian church leaders.
It is very humbling to consider that God, as far as we can tell, has a plan for Nathan to serve in that way – there is no doubt that the verse from James 3 strikes fear into the heart! “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.”
Nathan knows for certain (and so do I) that we are not perfect. Hah! As we say in the “About Us” page, if you are looking for sin in our lives you will certainly find it! Yet, this verse also holds the key to our desire to serve in Africa. For there are not many who can teach who choose to teach in Africa; and if our God is the God of the whole world, and all believers are our family, as we proclaim, then we feel we must pursue serving where the need is great… and we hope that our lives may also in some way encourage others to consider serving too…
We want this to be true of us: For me, to live is Christ; and to die is gain! 🙂 (Philippians 1:21)