Q When did you first know God was calling you to the mission’s field?
I was in university and really struggling with that famous question, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” I attended a one day Student Mission Advance seminar in Hamilton, Ontario, and when the keynote speaker, George Verwer (Operation Mobilization) asked us, “If you don’t go to the mission field, who will?”, I made a commitment to go for at least 2 years.
Q How long have you been serving as a missionary? As a NAB missionary?
23 years plus: 1 summer mission to Nepal (1987); for NAB 23 years – 3 years short term (1988 – 1991) and 20 years career (1994 to present 2014)
Q What surprised you the most once you began your work? What did you wish you knew beforehand?
What surprised me most was how extensive and integrated the NAB mission work was in Cameroon with the national church. What I wish I knew beforehand was, that when you get malaria, it’s really important that you finish your prescribed medication, even if you are already feeling a little better.
Q What has been the most challenging aspect to your work?
Communication, being understood. Even though English is the operative language here, North American English and mannerisms are often not understood.
Q What are some of the ways you have been affirmed in following God’s leading?
God provided a wife for me from Cameroon. Through NAB churches, God has provided the needed support. I enjoy the work God has given me to do.
Q What changes have you seen in yourself (what ways have you grown) since you have been serving overseas?
Before going to Cameroon, I was confident, I knew right and wrong, and saw things/issues as black or white. Since being here, I see many things/issues are as more gray, than black or white. I am striving more to balance upholding principles, while honoring relationships.
Q What is something that would surprise others about mission work or the people you are called to serve?
There is a close relationship with missionaries from other denominations also working in Cameroon. They are kind of like your extended family.
Q What advice would you give to those considering overseas missions?
Keep connecting with God, through prayer, every step, every hurdle along the way. Persevere. Take courage. If you have the opportunity, read some missionary biographies to see what challenges others went through and how God provided.
Q How can people pray for you?
Pray that I may represent Christ well, through the continually changing dynamics of stewardship ministry in Cameroon. Pray that when I stumble in my relationship with God, that I will recognize it, and seek His grace.