Sunday, March 29, 2009
Please pray for the safe arrival of the rest of our teammates tomorrow evening, Monday.
Also please pray that my 2 large suitcases, filled mostly with materials and gifts for people here, would make it here from Paris--at least that's where I think they are.
And most urgent, please pray that Dan Eriksen's electric scooter arrive tomorrow from Paris. Air France wouldn't allow it on the plane as we came, but hoped to have paperwork that would allow it to be delivered tomorrow.
Thanks! Pictures soon.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
- That we not forget anything that is crucial for our ministry
- That we trust in God as we pack, not getting uptight
- That our times with family and friends are close and sweet as we prepare to go
- That we trust our families and friends into the Lord's hands as we go
- That our times with God are close and sweet, getting us ready to represent Christ in Cameroon.
- And that God do what only God can do–-prepare the hearts of the people we will meet there
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Clovis, a boy about 10 years old, is one of the students at the CEFED Special School in Santa, Cameroon. [He received a wheelchair during the 2007 Harvest Project.] . . . .
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Shortly after my first husband died 12 years ago, God told me he had a job for me in Cameroon. I had never been on a mission trip, and I didn't know any missionaries.
I argued with God. "I have no talents, education or skills that could be used in missionary work. He said, "I don't call the equipped, I equip the called. Remember how I solved the problem when Moses said he couldn't speak to Pharaoh because he had a speech impediment?"
I said, "Yes, you sent Aaron to speak for him."
"And you know what happened to Jonah when he refused to go to Nineveh."
"Yes, and I don't swim very well."
I did get some information about Cameroon and I contacted my denomination for names of missionaries in Cameroon. I corresponded with one woman for about 6 years. But the Lord didn't speak to me again.
I met Dan in 2002. He said, "If you stick with me, you'll go places." I didn't know he meant to the ends of the earth! Since we've been married, we've been to China, Brazil, and twice to Peru with Wheels for the World. We thought we would go again to Peru this year.
But in November, we found out about the Harvest Project to Cameroon. We knew immediately that we would be going.
God had been preparing me for this for twelve years!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
From Bob Horning, Team Leader
Not only are individuals impacted by these wheelchairs, but whole churches are impacted.
We’ve mentioned Nfor Silas a few times on the blog. He was a big helper in 2007 and has been working tirelessly preparing for us to come in a couple of weeks.
I don’t think we’ve ever mentioned that we had the pleasure of giving one of the wheelchairs to Silas’s dad.
A former pastor, he had several strokes years ago and had not been able to go back to church because he couldn’t make the two-mile walk. Here is Silas’s email when his father was finally able to go back to church.
The happiest day in his life was on Sunday, 2nd. Early Sunday morning he told me I shouldn’t ride him to the church. He wanted to use his wheel chair. My younger brother helped wheel him to church.
That Sunday I was the one preaching and my sermon was from Exodus 4:2&3. The title was "open your eyes and see what God has given to you."
From the pulpit I saw the old man wheeled into the church. He has not come to the church for the last six years.
He made his way to his old men’s choir where he was the founder some 15 years ago. Singing and dancing. I mean he participated in almost all the church activities that day.
The whole church was touched as he told the stories of how he got the wheelchair and the other disabled people he saw in Santa.
It was agreed upon, some men will wheel him every Sunday and during other church programs. Death seems to be a little longer away from him with all the happiness I saw in him.
I can tell you the church was full of cries and laughter. Can I say it was a joyful sorrow?
200 wheelchairs…..200 churches or neighborhoods. Pray that the impact of each wheelchair reaches far beyond just one person.
(photo: Silas and Gideon Nfor with their father and Bob Horning)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Harvest Project will work through 2 Christian organizations in 2 cities in Cameroon.
In the capital city of Yaounde, we will be with Monique Bessomo, the Founder and Director of the League of Solidarity of Handicapped Women of Cameroon. She tells her own story. . . .
It’s not easy for me to explain why I had the idea to make the center to take care of handicapped persons. In some ways it’s the result of what I lived through.
It all began with the hard blow I had in my life: I was hit by a car when I was 13 years old. I was bedridden for a long time, undergoing surgeries in my upper and lower limbs, which left the joints of my right shoulder and right hip fused and unbendable.
This suffering since my youth placed in my path certain people who spoke to me particularly of the Gospel. These persons--my family, my friends, and some missionaries--helped me understand that, without a doubt, the Lord Jesus Christ wanted me to offer Him my life as it was, and that I should ask Him in prayer [what He wanted me to do]. It was thus that the idea of helping others came to me.
I got together some handicapped women and some other people to form an association called “League of Solidarity of Handicapped Women of Cameroon”.
Profiting from my professional experiences, including training as an occupational therapist in France and 30 years in the Handicap Center of Yaounde, we created a rehabilitation center for the handicapped--men, women, and children.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Happy Birthday, Julie!
(This is the first time I'm posting twice in one day, so don't miss the previous post about Julie Anderson.)
(A reminder with many thanks: If you were thinking of making a donation on behalf of a Harvest Project team member, this would be a good time.)
In the interest of full disclosure: Julie Anderson is my sister. But I’m not slanted in my opinions of her as a Harvest Project team mate. Any of the others on the 2007 team would say a similar thing.
Julie is a fantastic team mother.
She has lived in Cameroon most of the years since 1984. She and her husband Steve are members of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Their son, Luke, grew up in Africa and is now a student at Bethel University in St. Paul.
Over the years, Julie has had many different kinds of responsibilities and opportunities as a Christian woman and as a member of the mission community. Her gifts of hospitality and help and mercy have shone.
In 2007, the rest of the team was the benefactor of those gifts and of her familiarity with Cameroon. Julie arranged our accommodations, including last minute scrambling when the guesthouse in another city where we were booked suddenly wasn’t available. With less than 1 day’s notice, Julie found a place for 16-18 people.
Along with other Cameroonian team members, she got us where we needed to be, found materials we needed, and fed us. Julie herself spent plenty of time at the market finding our meal fixings, even taking into account our personal preferences as much as possible.
This time, she’s adding the role of mentor as she helps others learn the ropes.
I am so glad God gave me Julie as a sister and that she is part of our team.