Warm greetings from Cameroon! We have just finished a fruitful two weeks of Branch Retreat / meetings. This time each year, team members from all around the country come to Yaoundé for a time of refreshing and fellowship. Each year we are able to host many families for meals and reconnect with friends. This year we were blessed to have a Team from Wycliffe Bible Translators U.S.A come and provide a week long camp specifically for MK’s (Missionary Kids/ our kids). So while the adults had a time of spiritual refreshment and worship, the kids were also nurtured and encouraged. The team really invested in our children and we thank God for providing for us in such a practical way. There are pictures below from the camp “Refuge 139.”
Laura and I have been extremely busy sorting through our belongings as we prepare to transition back to Alabama in June. Fortunately, we were able to sell some of our stuff last Saturday at our Branch Yard Sale. It is very difficult to find things like children’s books, good quality shoes, tupperware, good socks,etc…in our area so this yard sale was more like a multi-cultural yard sale on steroids. If only you could have been a mosquito on the wall and seen those 2 hours of chaos! It was a sight.
The last few months we’ve been focused on student ministry and opportunities to serve our mission community. We are still mentoring students weekly (meeting one on one) and every Sunday evening we host students in our home. Sometimes we take the meeting outdoors to the soccer field! We’ve included some photos below of our awesome group during one of those Sunday evenings.
School starts back this Wednesday and things will shift back to a more normal schedule, but we are very aware of the upcoming transition. Please join us in praying for God to provide us an affordable home to rent in the Gadsden area, and if you have any contacts or leads please let us know. This would be an extremely practical and helpful way to serve our family.
Thank you for your prayers for Laura…she has fully recovered from the weird virus she had last month. Oh….and yes the rains have come to Yaoundé and we are so grateful.
Thanking God for you,
Blake and Laura