In the rain forest town of Kumba, the Cameroon Baptist Seminary operates to prepare a little over 100 students for ministry in God’s Church. (There is also a larger, older seminary in Ndu, in the grasslands.) In late September a board of governor’s meeting was scheduled at the Kumba seminary, where I needed to present a report on the rather pitiful financial position of this school.
ó Napot Romániából! Greetings from Romania! We did it! We feel so incredibly blessed by all of your support and prayers and together as a community—we did it! Paul and I arrived safely to Romania on October 29th. We could not believe how smooth the entire process went and know it is the result of a powerful praying community.
After a full summer of fun, school began. With that came the realization that we are now parents of a High Schooler. Where did the time go and how do we navigate these waters? KCS is a very small school and family participation is an expectation, so we are learning to set boundaries and compromise since we do not live within an easy commute to the school.
Udo is from Latvia, trained at the Baptist Seminary in Ukraine, did advanced study in music in Russia and now serves a church in Sacramento, California. Udo assisted the Billy Graham meetings in Russia in the 1990’s.
God is doing amazing things here and we are excited to be part of it! Along with progress come many new problems and challenges. Pray with us over these new areas, that we will glorify God and no one or nothing else.
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.