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Reflecting and Moving Forward

Published on May 31, 2017

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Granddaughter Jayna

Granddaughter Jayna

Ten plus months ago we left Cameroon to begin another year of home assignment in North America. This home assignment is coming to an end and on July 4, we travel back to Cameroon. Reflecting over the past ten months we can say in summary that they were good, full and at times refreshing. Here are a few of the highlights that filled our ten-month calendar:

  • Drove and flew thousands of kilometers to visit 27 of our 35 sponsoring churches scattered across North America.
  • Re-connected with our home church family – Lakeview Heights Baptist in West Kelowna.
  • Re-connected with family and many friends.
  • Learned and excelled at Muai-Thai kick boxing (Ysabelle).
  • Loved on and cared for many dogs at the community animal shelter (Elianna).
  • Became a permanent resident of Canada (Susanne).
  • Purchased our first home – a great little 970 sq.ft. condo in Kelowna.
  • Celebrated the life of Calvin’s dad, Edmond Hohn, following his death on April 20th .

For each of these points we could write pages of stories; stories of people and events that clearly show how God beautifully orchestrated the intersection of time, events and individuals. Involvement in each of the above listed points allowed us to meet, interact with, bless and be blessed by a mix of wonderful people.

This year has also reminded us that God’s timing and purposes are gracious. While it is never easy to bury one’s parent, we are grateful that we were on this side of the globe during the time of Calvin’s dad’s health decline and death. He lived 88+ years loving and serving God and people with no regrets. We apologize for having to cancel our visit to some of you and thank you for your love and understanding.

A few of the things we anticipate once arriving back in Cameroon are:

  • Reuniting with friends and colleagues.
  • Meeting our “granddaughter,” Jayna, for the first time – born May 4th to our Cameroonian son, Jude, and his wife, Angela.
  • Resuming the encouragement of programs and projects that benefit many who are vulnerable and less privileged.
  • Preparing to send both Ysabelle and Elianna to boarding school in early August.
  • Meeting a repressed economy in our region, and the many challenges people are facing because of continued strike actions and closed schools.
  • Fellowshipping with our church family, Mt. Carmel.
  • Eating soya (grilled beef kabobs Cameroon style).