Posted by: macahajo | March 18, 2015

…on the other side of the world

After I met with my language instructor today, I walked down the rocky dirt road towards our home in Africa, thinking about my parents on the other side of the world.

My mom fell last week and broke her knee. She is having knee surgery tomorrow. My dad received word back from his doctor a few days ago that he needs his appendix removed. He will have his surgery the day after tomorrow.

Though there is a great ocean between us and those we love in America, technology has made us feel closer than we really are. When we lived in Niger, West Africa in 2002, the Internet was not dependable, email was spotty, and we hardly talked to my parents on the phone. There was no Skype or Viber. No Face-time or Facebook!


Now, we get to see my parents almost every Sunday when we video Skype with them. We send free Viber text messages to each other every few days, and we even make free phone-calls to them through Viber! We have a Family page on Facebook where we post pictures of our kids and share about our family life in Africa. Technology has made living so far away from each other a lot easier.

But, when both of my parents need surgery in the same week, I really feel how far away we really are.  And it’s hard!  I wished that I could’ve been in the doctor’s office with my mom and dad as they get their pre-surgery consultations. I want to drive them to their surgery, and be in their home to care for them afterwards.

But like my parents, I also need to depend on those whom God has provided to take care of them. He has given my mom and dad some dear family and friends to support them during this difficult time, and I am so thankful for each of them.

As I have considered traveling to Illinois to help them, I have been praying through Proverbs 3. Lord, help me to trust in You with all my heart. May I not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways, may I acknowledge You Lord, and will You make my paths straight, showing me what to do. May I not be wise in my own eyes, but may You give me wisdom, Lord.

Please be praying for my parents in Illinois, and for our family in Cameroon.
Love in Christ,
Cathy Lynn


  1. So glad they can see your face. And you can see theirs.
    How can I help here? Please send me their address that j might bring them a meal.

    God bless you Cathy

  2. Hi Cathy,
    So sorry to hear of your parents’ needs for surgeries back to back. Thankful for the contact you can have with them. I understand how you feel even though I’m here in the states. Mom is 830 some miles away. She’s now almost 91, and when she had a hard time with depression last fall I wished I was closer. For over a month she wouldn’t talk with anyone on the phone, including me. It is hard to be far from loved ones, but through prayer, you are right there with them. You will pray them through their surgeries, and their recoveries as well as encourage them with your continued contact. It’s hard to let go and allow God to love those we love through other people. You’ve got the right verses to help you through this part of your journey.


  3. Hi Cathy,
    I was so sorry to hear of your parent’s misfortunes. you are all in my thoughts and prayer’s at this time.
    Cousin Marilyn

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