Posted by: macahajo | February 25, 2017

waiting on peace island

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, with some of the most vulnerable children. Currently, there are 124 children in Liberia sponsored through GlobalFingerprints, the child sponsorship ministry of the EFCA.

liberia-map

Peggy is the GlobalFingerprints Country Coordinator for Liberia. She shared this story with me of a family in Liberia impacted by the recent Ebola Crisis…

Peace Island. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Like a tropical paradise.

But the reality is far different. After the civil war, the Liberian government gave houses there to the ex-soldiers; hence the name Peace Island. But today this area is far from peaceful. It is a hill in Monrovia (the capital of Liberia) surrounded by fetid swamp and filled with poverty, despair and crime. Even the Liberian staff members do not venture into this community after dark.

slide1

GlobalFingerprints has signed up several children from Peace Island for the program. The family pictured below has several children in the program.

slide1

The father died of Ebola and the mother has no job to support the children. Unemployment is so high in Liberia that many women like this mom sell water and food on the streets to try to survive. This family has an advantage most Liberians don’t have because they own their own home. However this blessing also keeps them trapped in this downtrodden community.

Anitta (pictured below) has a sponsor. She and her two brothers have been experiencing mental and spiritual stress that they believe is demonic.

slide1

Success (pictured below) is also sponsored and doing well.

slide1

We are trying to get their brother Shedrick (pictured below) into the program, but he has been having the most problems. He is suddenly showing erratic, out-of-control behavior and hasn’t been able to attend school.  He sometimes has visions that something is chasing him.”

slide1

There are 65 children like Shedrick, waiting to be sponsored in Liberia. Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring Shedrick or another child? Go here to learn more: http://www.globalfingerprints.org.

When you sponsor a child through GlobalFingerprints, you are helping give hope to a child for today, and for eternity. The mission of GlobalFingerprints is to transform the most vulnerable children in the world with the fingerprint of Christ. This is accomplished by meeting the spiritual, educational, medical, nutritional, and other needs of children through partnership with the local church.

Please pray for Shedrick and his family, pray for the GlobalFingerprints staff in Liberia as they strive to bring light, hope, and peace into the darkness of Peace Island, and pray that all of the children waiting to be sponsored in Liberia would be sponsored in the next few months.

In Christ, Cathy Lynn

Posted by: macahajo | February 20, 2017

what-ifs

“Waiting for the What ifs of life, for what might happen, causes the sturdiest of hearts to be anxious.” – Linda Dillow, Calm My Anxious Heart

Last week, I noticed that a suspicious spot on my face had grown. While it is still smaller than a pencil eraser, I started to get concerned when I noticed a faint bluish tint. I had basil cell carcinoma several years ago. What if this is more serious than that?

So, what to do. I’m in Yaounde, Cameroon. When I think about going to the doctor here, I think about the cleanliness of the facility and tools used, and I question the quality of care I would receive.

I realized that I had two options: I could see the dermatologist in Yaounde that a friend told me about; he saw the doctor for the removal of a fast-growing mole on his back. Or, I could travel to the Mbingo Baptist hospital – a stressful, 9 hour drive away or a short one-hour flight via missionary aviation, SIL Air.

After much consideration and prayer, I decided to go to Mbingo – I know I would get the best possible care there, especially for the location of the spot. And the Lord worked out the details so I could fly this week, and for a very low cost!

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I have been reminded by the Lord lately that He doesn’t want me to carry the burdens of my heart. He wants to carry them for me.

In her book, Calm My Anxious Heart, Linda Dillow challenges her readers to create an Anxiety Box… She described how when she worries about something, she takes a small piece of paper and writes down what is causing her anxiety. Then she puts it in her Anxiety Box, as a way to symbolize giving her cares to the Lord. She said, “Every time I see the box, stuffed with my worries, I’m reminded that God is carrying them, not me.”

So, this morning, I wrote a note to the Lord and put it in my worry jar, giving him my worries and my what-ifs. Please pray that I would keep this situation in His hands.

Carried by Him, Cathy Lynn

slide1

Posted by: macahajo | February 10, 2017

TGIF

Friday night was coming, and we thought it would be fun to go out! So, we asked some friends to join us at a new café in town, Ci Gusta, where they sell delicious gelato!

slide1

One family couldn’t make it that Friday night, so we started to plan for Sunday afternoon instead. We stayed in that Friday night, and had our traditional Family Night, including pizza, a movie & games! We realized that this plan worked out a lot better!

A couple nights ago, both of our kids were on overnights for their school retreats. So, Mark and I (briefly) talked about going out, but then opted to stay in and watch a movie.

We both agreed that after the busy, stressful week we had, if we were living in Pingree Grove or Port Washington or Oswego, we would have gone out. But, we live in Yaounde, and we really don’t like driving here at night!

There are a lot of Cameroonians walking around outside at night, and it’s really hard to see them. Some walk really close to the road and others cross in front of cars without hardly looking, so it can be dangerous. During the dry season, it gets hazy from the dust in the air, making it even harder to see. Also, on a Friday night, the traffic is terrible. It probably would have taken us 45 minutes to drive to Ci Gusta that Friday night, compared to just 20 minutes that Sunday afternoon.

It doesn’t mean that we never go out at night. We do – there are special gatherings at the kids’ school or dinners and game nights at friends’ homes. We just prefer not to drive too far, if we can help it!

#lifeincameroon  #lifeisdifferenthere

Posted by: macahajo | January 27, 2017

in His strength and grace

Have you ever felt in over your head? Have you ever felt inadequate for the task at hand? Have you ever feared that you just wouldn’t do a good enough job?

When I was asked to serve as the GlobalFingerprints Africa Director, my first response was WHAT? You want ME to do THIS?

I had a Moses moment. Well, several moments, actually. 😉 Moments of doubts, fears, and questions.

When God called Moses to lead the people out of Egypt, Moses said, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)

     But God said, “I will be with you.” (Exodus 3:12)

Later in his conversation with God, Moses said, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me…” (Exodus 4:1)

     And God gave Moses three miraculous signs so that the Israelites would believe.

Then, Moses said, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)

     But God told Moses that He will help him speak and teach him what to say.

With all of Moses’ questions, what-if’s and doubts, God spoke His Truth to Moses – that He would be with him, provide for him, help him, and teach him.

Over several weeks, I talked and listened to God, and I talked and prayed with Mark. A LOT! I brought my questions, my what-if’s and my doubts to God. 

And then I said, yes!  

The Lord chose me for this role, at this time. I’m not sure why He chose me, but He does that. He calls different people, at different times, for different things!

The Bible tells me that God’s grace is sufficient for me. That His power is made perfect in my weakness. Paul says, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

So, with my weaknesses, but in the Lord’s strength and by His grace, I will offer leadership to the GlobalFingerprints ministry in Africa, and seek to develop and expand GlobalFingerprints, giving hope to some of the most vulnerable children in the world, for today and for eternity.

In His strength and grace, Cathy Lynn

slide1

 

 

Posted by: macahajo | January 24, 2017

what no child should do

“No child should wonder if they’re going to eat today, or have to carry the burden of making money for their family. They shouldn’t miss school because they’re sick with diseases we already know how to treat, or be forced into trafficking their own body. Yet countless children around the world face these very realities. But what if we could help give a child hope?” (GlobalFingerprints media)

Watch this short video clip to hear and learn more about GlobalFingerprints, the child sponsorship ministry of ReachGlobal, and how you could give a child hope. https://vimeo.com/195999877/fbdf802505

Click here to sponsor a child and give them hope: https://go.efca.org/ministries/reachglobal/globalfingerprints

Posted by: macahajo | January 13, 2017

Have you ever asked…

What can I do to help the poor?

Development economist and professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, Bruce Wydick, told Christianity Today that people ask him how they could help the poor. And after much research, he could confidently say, sponsor a child. (Christianity Today, June 14, 2013)

GlobalFingerprints is the child sponsorship ministry of ReachGlobal, and I have been asked to join their team!

The vision of GlobalFingerprints is to transform the most vulnerable children in the world with the fingerprint of Christ. They want to accomplish this by meeting the spiritual, educational, medical, nutritional, and other needs of children through partnership with the local church. Almost 3000 children are sponsored through GlobalFingerprints in Congo, Liberia, Zambia, Haiti, Panama, Lebanon, India, Indonesia, and Myanmar.

I will serve as GlobalFingerprints Director for Africa. I am blessed to join this ministry that I am totally passionate about- a ministry that God is using to change lives and give the most vulnerable children hope for today and for eternity.  

Please pray for me and my family as I transition into this new role! We look forward to what the Lord is going to do!

With hope, Cathy Lynn

 

 

slide1

Posted by: macahajo | January 11, 2017

hello again!

It’s been a few weeks! Like many of you, our December was very busy so our regular blogging paused for the season.

In December, we went to Mama Regine’s home for orphaned children with the RFIS volunteer team. We had several meals and meetings with the leaders of Hope Social Action to pray and plan for 2017.

Mark organized a special youth event, The Amazing Race, for the students at the RainForest International School. RFIS hosted the girls soccer tournament including the drama evangelism team performing skits that shared the Gospel with visiting teams, pictured below. Hannah played in the tournament and performed in the dramas.

slide1

We welcomed and spent time with a visiting Congolese pastor and his family who serve with ReachGlobal. We also enjoyed Christmas festivities including the RFIS Choir concert and play, and several Christmas and New Years parties. Pictured below: Our Yaounde City team, along with our Congolese colleagues, during our team’s Christmas party.

slide1

After the new year, our family traveled four hours to Kribi, a village along the Atlantic Ocean. We loved walking to the Lobe waterfalls that go into the ocean (and jumping off them!), and playing in the water. We enjoyed quiet time and reading by the ocean.

slide1

There were 13 other missionary families who also went to Kribi at this time! We watched one of Hannah and Josh’s friends get baptized in the ocean, and were blessed by sweet times with friends. We thank the Lord for this beautiful get-away (that cost much less than a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for all of you midwesterners!), and the refreshment He gave our family, as we enter the new year!

slide1

Blessings, Cathy Lynn

Posted by: macahajo | December 12, 2016

what are you living for?

In October, I read “A Faulty Focus”, the 7th chapter of Calm My Anxious Heart. The author, Linda Dillow writes, “We’ve forgotten who we are and that we’re here for a reason. We don’t stop to think about what we do; and worse, we don’t even pray about it.” She goes on to say, “If we haven’t chosen what we are living for, we’re living life by default, acting out the scripts handed to us by family, other people’s agendas, and the pressures of circumstances.” She encourages the reader to develop a personal purpose statement.

It was a good study as I’ve been thinking and praying much about my life lately, considering my schedule and what I’m intentionally doing (or how I want to be more intentional). As I’ve prayed and reflected, the verses that are important to me include: 

Titus 2:3-5 “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

Deuteronomy 6:5-7: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Psalm 82:3: “Defend the weak and the Fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”

James 2:14-17 “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

As I’ve prayed and reflected, these are my life verses & are the foundation for the purpose of my life: to love my God and my family well, and to minister among the poor, using my gifts and strengths, for God’s glory.

slide1

What are your life verses? Do you have a personal purpose statement?

Sincerly, Cathy Lynn

Posted by: macahajo | December 6, 2016

Looking back on 2016

The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3

As we move towards the end of 2016, we take time to reflect on the great things that the Lord has done! We give thanks to Him for allowing us to have a small part in what He is doing in the lives of the vulnerable in Africa, as we serve with the Cameroonian Christian leaders of Hope Social Action. 

We thank the Lord for many of you who have prayed faithfully and given generously to support our family in the ministry, and to several of you who have contributed to a number of special projects this year. You have been a part of what God is doing here.

slide1

slide1

slide1

slide1

slide1

slide1

Together, we are giving widows, orphans, and boys who once lived on the streets hope for today and for eternity through evangelism and discipleship, as well as job training and holistic care.

As we look forward to 2017 and beyond, our hope is that we will see Gospel-centered, holistic ministries flourish and multiply in Cameroon.

Pray with us, Cathy Lynn

Posted by: macahajo | December 3, 2016

The power of His Word and Prayer

When I shared in a recent post how Mama Regine was struggling to pay for the school fees needed for some of her children to continue with their education and that none of them had school books, (read more here: https://africansandinourshoes.com/2016/11/07/did-you-do-your-homework/) a couple of you expressed a desire to meet this need, for which we’re so thankful!

And today when we visited Mama Regine and the children, she expressed her gratitude for the assistance, with her words and by generously preparing a Cameroonian dish for our family and the RFIS students who were with us.   Pictured below are three RFIS students, Mama Regine, and Martial (the Hope leader who ministers each week at Mama Regine’s home). Also pictured below is Mama Regine with Hannah and Mark, looking at some of the books purchased! 

slide1

During our time at Mama Regine’s this afternoon, Martial shared about Jesus birth. He shared how we are not saved by going to church or following any particular religion, but how Jesus is the One who saves. Martial is always faithful in sharing the Gospel and showing the children God’s love.

But after we left this afternoon, Martial was feeling discouraged that his teaching wasn’t making a difference in the children’s lives, in part because Mama Regine is not a Christian so she is not reiterating what Martial shares.

But, there are two things that we need to keep in our minds and hearts: We need to remember that God’s Word does not return void. The Matthew Henry Commentary says, “The power of His Word in the kingdoms of providence and grace, is as certain as in that of nature. Sacred Truth produces a spiritual change in the mind of men, which neither rain nor snow can make on the earth. It shall not return to the Lord without producing important effects.” God’s Word will accomplish His will.

We also need to remember that we need to persevere in prayer!  David Jeremiah said, “Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God.”  Prayer makes a difference!

So, please pray for Mama Regine – that she would come to know Christ as her Savior. And pray for the children – that the children who do know Christ would grow in their relationship with Him, and that the other children would come to know Christ as their Savior.

In Christ, Cathy Lynn

slide1

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »

Categories

%d bloggers like this: