January 2015 will mark 13 years since we (Shelly and Randy Schmor) began to serve with Gateway Teams (where has the time gone?!) and with each year we continue to see God using this ministry to develop “Global Partnerships through Kingdom Mission.” Here’s some of the most notable developments at Gateway this past year:
What key factors need to be considered when choosing where to go or to send our m’s? There are three factors to consider for missions: The first factor is a place where the vast majority of people have yet to hear the true Gospel. Secondly, where the ch*rch is in need of mentoring leaders. Thirdly, where there is a specific need to reach the sick, the orphaned, the abused or the foreigner.
We continue to work on recruiting more young people to join us in the work at Mbingo. We are encouraged that a young pediatrician and her family are raising support through one of our sister missions to come work long-term at Mbingo. We attended the Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, KY, and were able to make a number of good contacts for volunteers to come help with the teaching and clinical care.
Since many people are asking us how safe we are from both Ebola and Boko Haram, we’ll cover this topic first. Thankfully, nothing adversely has changed since we last reported. In fact, things are more hopeful where we are. The closest that Ebola came to Cameroon was Nigeria next door, but the Nigerian Ministry of Health was very proactive in isolating the few cases and preventing its spread.
…And WHAT a summer this has been! I feel like I have been LIVING-OUT just what the Teacher of Ecclesiastes described in chapter 3 — there is a time and season for everything…planting, uprooting, weeping, laughing, mourning, dancing, etc.
Recently Hispanics for Christ has completed one of our most important projects to date. Thanks to the work of our Field Coordinator in California (Tony Campos) we have translated for use in Spanish the evangelism/discipleship tool called “Story of God.”
As always, I can hardly believe the three months have passed and it is time for another newsletter! Those three months have been filled with all the craziness that surrounds the end of the school year and the farewells that seem to punctuate every moment of our lives here, hosting some visitors from the US, and even most of a week hiding out up in Bamenda enjoying great company and the beauty of Cameroon’s NW province.
It was my privilege to return to BBH at the end of June. One of the things which has been striking since then is the amount of cancer we are seeing – ranging from leukemia and lymphoma to liver cancer (related to the high prevalence of hepatitis B in this part of the world) to breast cancer to colorectal cancer… to name those most commonly seen.