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Travels and Gatherings
During the month of July, we spent three weeks in western Canada. The time was spent with a mix of visiting family and friends and at various gatherings. Spending time with our parents/grandparents doesn’t happen very often so each moment is cherished. A friend had sent along gifts of traditional dresses for our mothers.
One of the gatherings we participated in was the NAB Triennial Conference. Joining in corporate worship and being challenged by inspiring speakers renewed our souls. Meeting up with many of you, our faithful supporters, at this conference was an added blessing. We greatly appreciate the NAB family that clearly loves God, loves people, and focuses on being on mission with God.
We had the privilege of hosting the Cameroon Baptist Convention Executive President, Dr. Godwill Ncham, and Director of Theological and Christian Education, Dr. Samuel Ndeley, at the Triennial. In various settings together we had the opportunity to engage in dialog over the continuing partnership with Taylor Seminary and Sioux Falls Seminary.
Global Theological Education partnerships enhance the learning and growing experience of everyone involved. Pastors and church leaders in Cameroon, Canada, and the USA can be better equipped for ministry because of this partnership.
High School Has Begun
We arrived back in Cameroon on August 1st with only four days together at home before taking the girls to Yaoundé for school. Rain Forest International School (rfis.org) began classes on August 7th. Ysabelle is in 12th grade and Elianna in 9th. They have settled back into the hostel that is their home away from home while at school. It was a great reunion to meet up with all their friends again.
While in Yaoundé, Susie chaired the first school board meeting of the year. This is her second year serving as chair of the RFIS board. The administrator (principal) of the school has just announced her resignation after serving the school for the past ten years. Susie and the board now have the task of recruiting and hiring a new school administrator over the next 12 months. Stay tuned for further information about this opportunity and need.
Cameroon & Security
The socio-political crisis in Cameroon continues to grow and spread. While we still feel safe and secure where we are, some of our missionary colleagues have had to evacuate their areas. Others have witnessed violence around them. The next few months will be quite uncertain with the national presidential election scheduled for early October.
As NAB Field Director and CBC Director of Cooperating Missions, Calvin monitors the security situation daily in order to update and advise all missionary personnel serving under the Cameroon Baptist Convention.
For more information on the situation and its historical background, check out our recent update posted on the NAB website: https://nabonmission.org/cameroon-update-july-3-2018/
Always grateful for your partnership,
Calvin, Susanne, Ysabelle & Elianna