Here are a few of our favorite photos from the last few months, and the lyrics to a chorus that we have been singing over and over this week. It is such a good reminder. Thank you for keeping up with our family.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace”
Today, July 13, 2015, marks nineteen years since Jesus rescued me from the bondage of death and sin. I truly experienced 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.“ (NLT)
By the grace of God, nineteen years later I’m still proclaiming and showing others the goodness of God which is Jesus Christ. Even with ALL my sin before Christ and the sin since July 13, 1996 nothing shall separate me from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:35-39).
So today I want to thank God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) for rescuing me from the eternal damnation I deserved, justifying me through His perfect Righteousness and adopting me into His eternal and glorious family. I would also like to thank God for all the men and women who have encouraged me along the way. I was a total mess (huge understatement) before I was rescued and needed a lot of teaching, training, correction, love, grace and mercy…..etc. Even today, I know I can’t do this by myself and God has not left me without faithful brothers and sisters in Christ to disciple me along this journey.
With the Lord’s help I hope to continue to point people to Jesus and share with them the greatness of His goodness.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20 ESV)
Last week we had the opportunity to take 10 students from RFIS (Rain Forest International School) to a city in the Northwest Region of Cameroon called Bamenda. During the week our kids worked at a Children’s Home by doing one-on-one tutoring, afternoon VBS, and moving large amounts of dirt at the home’s new construction site. The family that hosted our team also runs the children’s home and has chosen not to call it an orphanage or refer to the children as orphans. It makes since because the ‘Home’ has Ma’s and Pa’s, Aunties and Uncles and a lot of children who have been rescued from terrible situations. It looked like a home and it felt like a home and we were so blessed to serve there. We were also proud of our students and the way they worked and persevered through some long days. The VBS was led by our students and involved the regular lesson, games, music, crafts, scripture memory. They also tutored the children 2 mornings and worked really hard at the children’s home new construction site. We moved at least 2 truck loads of dirt using shovels, picks, 10 buckets and 2 wheel-barrels. It is so cool to watch MKs (missionary kids) serve and be missional (sans parents!) They were so open to serving and building relationships with the kids at the home. We did have some free time and were able to go hiking! Wow, the scenery was breathtaking. I am so happy that our whole family got to go. The Mayo kids were able to see first hand the aspects of the children’s home and the way that our students jumped in and worked. This, of course, made it a little more busy for me but I am so thankful to God that He provided the means for all of us to go. Jake and Holly Schilinski are the founders of the Helping Hands Children’s Home. They are making a huge impact on the lives of the 31 children at the home (and generations to come.) They also impacted and encouraged our family. We left with some new friends and hopes to return soon to visit the Schilinski’s and the children at Helping Hands. Below is some information about the Helping Hands Children’s Home.
Win Our Nation’s Helping Hands Orphanage was established in Cameroon in April 2009. It’s located in the beautiful town of Bamenda. In a country with many orphans that are neglected and overlooked, there is a huge need for a compassionate, safe, and Christian environment for them. Of the thousands of orphans in Cameroon, many live in extreme poverty, never having a hope of going to school or to be cared for. Many are forced into child labor and with no hope or a future. Helping Hands Children’s Home is a loving place where orphans are raised with the knowledge of Jesus. Our goal is to equip them with all they need to become a successful adult and a contributing member of the society and the Body of Christ. This is done through schooling, Bible classes, hygiene and nutritional classes, tutoring, sports, an unlimited amount of love and allowing them to just “be a kid”.You can see pictures and updates on their Facebook page Helping Hands Page…or go to http://www.winournations.com to learn more.
It’s that time of year again…the time to say good-bye. Since we work with teenagers, we get the privilege of getting to know (and love) them. Therefore, when graduation comes around it is bitter-sweet. These seniors do not just leave for the semester and return for Christmas break like our former students have…many leave the country never to return again. This is hard on us, but much harder on the students themselves who have made dear friendships and will be indefinitely saying good-bye to their lifelong best friends. It ain’t easy.
So, you can pray for us that God would help us to encourage the students and faithfully keep pointing them to Jesus…who is constant, compassionate, and capable to do exceedingly, abundantly above all they could ever ask or think.
As always…we thank God for friends like you who stand beside our family regardless of the distance or time apart.
Just the other day I had a friend remind me of this song.
He is able, more than able
To accomplish what concerns me today
He is able, more than able To handle anything that comes my way.
He is able, more than able
To do much more than I could ever dream,
He is able, more than able To make me what He wants me to be
Do you remember this song? I have been singing it over and over all day today. I hope the words encourage you like they have me.
Here are a few photos to walk you through what we have been doing over the last month.
As always thank you for keeping up with us! We are so grateful for your prayers.