Saturday, January 29, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Every Saturday Mrs. Mary and Gaston hold Good News Club at the mission. This is one of several that go on though out the week, lead by various people. This week little Caleb, one of the orphans, couldn't quite keep his head up. After several jerks and twitches, Katie took mercy on him and laid his head on her lap to enjoy his nap in comfort. Katie is doing well with trying to get involved with the children's services, even if it is just watching the little ones for the time being.
Monday, January 24, 2011
The back wall of the mission is in need of some repair, but before they could do that Drew needed to get the moss and crud off of it. What a blessing to have a power washer. Drew set to work, once the water, that seems to keep going off for hours at a time or even the day, came back on. It was going well, but as the school children were released for the day there were many curious eyes that gathered to watch. Soon they got bolder and were "assisting" Drew by first holding then shaking the ladder he was perched on.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
There is evil in the world that I will never understand, but I thank God that He is greater and that through His Love He has provided us an escape.
Hey,Grandpa, check out my fish! Ok, I didn't really catch it, my dad bought it from Liberman, who bought it from fisherman that were coming from the ocean.
This big one is called a Golden Fish. It had very interesting spikes on the side of its tail. It was very tough to cut though, we'll see how it tastes. The little one is called a bar fish and is really tasty. Kent and Katie were both having fun with the big Golden Fish. So much for don't play with your food.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Katie has lost something that will forever remain in Cameroon...her tooth actually 2 teeth in 2 nights. The first one, as you can see, was with daddy's help. We didn't have anything to grab it with so he grabbed my corn tweezers or whatever you want to call them. He soon found out that they were too big to fit in her mouth so we handed him some floss. With one quick tug out it popped. Now the tooth fairy might fly all the way to Cameroon but first the ants take their turn. These tiny ants are everywhere and you cannot escape them. We laid the tooth on the dresser and the next morning look what we found. If you can zoom in on the picture it is amazing and in this case a little gross but they cleaned that tooth up better than any dentist could. This is our new entertainment source.
On the appointed day, New Year Day, Drew along with 5 others headed back to Douala to retrieve the missing bags. As they entered the airport luggage room they were able to quickly locate 2 of the 3 bags. After much searching the third was still not located so as they left they asked the airport attendant that had been helping them to please call them is he found it. They loaded back in the van and headed home, but before they left Douala they received a phone call from the attendant that the bag had been found so they turned around and returned to the airport. They found that the missing bag had been searched in one of the other airports and due to our new found talent of being able to stuff every possible nook and cranny and then some after that, they couldn't close the suitcase so they taped it together and stuffed it in a big plastic bag, thus making it unrecognizable. This suitcase contained all of our medicines from Mrs. Jones (which might have been what they were checking) and the kids stack of paces, so we were very happy to have it back. As it was New Years Day we knew the roads would be very busy so many prayers were going up for a safe journey. They returned after having only one minor scrape with another vehicle. After checking the damage they both waved it off and continued. Thank God for all answered prayers today!
On New Year’s Eve the church had a watch night service. It started at 10:00 p.m. with singing, African style with clapping, “dancing”, and a lot of joyful noise! At one point it was a greeting song so everyone went around singing, hugging, or shacking hands. Bro. Peter’s wife, a very sweet and bubbly person, came up to Katie, wrapped her in a big hug, and danced with her. It was a surprise to Katie but she broke away with a big smile. Later in her journal she recorded, that the service was so much fun! She got right into the singing and clapping along with everyone else. Singing was followed by sincere prayer and a service from Bro. Eko. As midnight approached we sang and prayed in the New Year. It was a very special service and a great start to our new life here in Limbe, Cameroon
Kent's bed was originally a bunk bed but we took off the top so he wouldn't have wood spit on him all night from the termites.
We have been surprised at just how tired we are this time. I know that this has been a bigger deal all around with long term preparations and different emotions to deal with but it has still been a surprise to us at the lack of energy we have. Of course the normal jet lag and time adjustment takes its toll as well as the heat. We lefts piles of snow and when we arrived it was 91 degrees, quite a change. Most days the heat runs high 80's to low 90's with the nights being much cooler. The Homiton (this is sands coming in from the desserts from the north and filling the air) makes it look like there is a dense fog or haze over everything. It leaves a brownish red dust over everything but we are told that that haze keeps the temperatures down by creating a barrier between us and the sun. The hottest months are yet to come so we have some time to adjust and prepare.
Doing the smallest jobs seem to wear us out but it is getting better as the days go by. Drink lots and rest when your body says and it eventually levels out. The bags are mostly unpacked except for the lost ones, we are praying they will be available as they said. It didn't take long for Kent to want his own room, we had the kids share a room while they get used to a new place. We don't have much to decorate with except the sheets we brought and the homemade quilts that Grandma Derscheid made for them with pictures of their friends and family. They have been a huge blessing, making the rooms cheerful and bright. My one luxury or folly, my peacock feathers and flower, made it here safely and only slightly ruffled. Mrs. Chamberlin loaned me a vase and they are sitting on the table as a pretty centerpiece. Little things seem big as we settle into our new home and I thank God for them.
We were riding in the first of the two vans with Mom Chamberlin, the orphans, and two other men. We began to climb the hill but as it reached the steepest part it began to lose traction and slid back a little. We gave it a few tries before the men, Kent, Bless, and I climbed out. I followed the boys up the hill while Drew and the other men got behind the first van and began to push. Unfortunately this van was not 4-wheel drive and though the driver had it floored and the men behind were pushing it still proceeded to slide backwards. There were some concerned moments but finally the van got some traction and made it to the top of the hill. At the mission the vans were quickly unloaded and a delicious meal was waiting for us. It was a lovely welcome from the people here.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
5:30a.m. Tuesday morning our farewell party (Leah, Mom and Dad Herring, and Mom and Dad Derscheid) and us arrived at Grand Rapids airport. We arrived just ahead of the crowd and were able to get checked through after only a slight obstacle, that being that they had no record of Katie's tickets but we had all the paperwork and numbers so they got it fixed right up for us. Then came the final hugs and tears, that is always the hardest part. With a final wave we headed up the ramp to the security check in and boarding. The kids did a good job lugging their heavy backpacks and carry-ons. We told them they wouldn’t be so heavy if they wanted to leave their toys behind, but they opted to keep them. The first flight to Chicago was short and uneventful. Kent was quick to study the flight safety and escape plans on each flight and got after me if I wasn't paying enough attention to the instructors speech.
The second flight to Washington was bumpy but the kids slept right through that one. Washington was a 6 hour layover where we all ended up sacking out on some empty seats. As we boarded to fly to Brussels the flight attendant told us the flight had no room left for carry-ons so we would need to check our bags. I begged to keep the one bag containing our hygiene and change of clothes for the trip but to no avail. In Brussels and met up with the Chamberlins and orphans. Kent and Bless had a big reunion; they are going to be good buddies. Katie wore a big smile and gave and received hugs all around. The final flight went smoothly and we all got some rest (thank goodness for inflatable neck pillows, they were wonderful!)
As we touched down in Douala, we grabbed our bags and headed for the door to meet the biggest challenge of our journey, the Douala airport!