Greetings from rainy, but lushly green Mbingo! The heavy rains have seemed to come on early this year, but we are grateful for a better water supply because of it, and the beautiful scenery around us. These last 3 months have been busy and involved some exciting travel. In March we went to the beach for 3 days in Limbe with our NAB group for our annual retreat and it is always good to get away and hear about what God is doing in other parts of Cameroon and also gain some spiritual and physical refreshment.
To those of us involved in Gateway Teams, the country of Romania represents what became an opportunity for this ministry to significantly extend its reach in addition to the North American Baptist’s (NAB) established mission fields. Gateway was invited to serve in Romania, and a number of other nations since, by NAB churches in Alberta who had established some relationships there.
Many years ago, missionaries at Mbingo dreamed of a small hydroelectric plant to provide electricity for the hospital. (At that time a hospital generator produced electricity only a few hours in the evenings, plus two mornings a week during surgery time.) Others nixed the idea, and the idea never went anywhere.
With much joy and thanksgiving we can report that Mt. Carmel Church is back in her original community. Easter Sunday morning marked 4 years, 4 months and 4 days since the former church premises were illegally taken over. But this Easter marked a triumphant day as the members of the church marched and danced through the neighborhood to their new building. While it is still very much a construction zone, with only the basement useful at this point, many friends and supporters from sister churches joined in the celebration.
It has been a month since we left Cameroon. These past weeks we have been caught up in a whirlwind of packing, unpacking, organizing, visiting family, visiting friends and starting back at our jobs here in Calgary.
God wastes NOTHING! You may feel that your type of service is ordinary and others may even feel it’s a waste. But David Roper reminds us, “Every act of love rendered for God’s sake is noted and has eternal consequences.
I returned safely from France just before Christmas, and it was such a blessing to be with family to celebrate the birth of Christ! In the days between Christmas and New Year’s I was able to make a quick trip down to Kansas.
I have arrived safely back in Japan! Thank you for your prayers. I was to leave in the midst of the polar vortex and was, therefore, delayed a few days. It was great to have some bonus time with my family and friends. All of my flights went smoothly, and I was greeted at the airport by a few friends who kindly helped me get all of my baggage up to my apartment!