Wait and Endure
Hebrews 10:36 says, â€œFor you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.â€ This is exactly what the Lord has called us to in this stage of our ministry: waiting, enduring and doing his will until his Son returns. In two years, we hope to be in a place where we could articulate to this gentleman in the village that when Jesus died on the cross, he triumphed over rulers, authorities, spirits and that those who believe in him no longer have to fear. But until then we study, study, and then study some more.
Besides not being able to communicate in Bakoum, we also have been a bit frustrated at the opportunities that we have to pass up in order to protect our Bakoum study time. For instance, Dave has been asked to co-teach with our pastor, Boris, Bible courses for the pastors in the area. What an opportunity to make a difference here and how difficult it was to decline his offer. However, we firmly believe that without a solid grasp of the language our impact here will be minimal at best and the integrity of the Bible in Bakoum would be compromised.
Thanks to a sister in the Lord, Bonnie Marcum, coming to live with us for a year to home school our kids, we actually do have lots of time to devote to language and culture learning. It has been a huge blessing as we are now able to study around 6-7 hours a day plus spend Fridays going out to Bakoum villages to do linguistic surveys and to keep members of our language committee up to date on our progress. We are so so so thankful for her.
The kids are with â€œMiss Bonnieâ€ four days a week and the other day they go to the local public school. They are making friends and speaking French, so we are very pleased.
Speaking of kids, we have also started having the neighbor kids over every day to teach them French catechism songs. They do not understand everything that is taught in French, but we can still see some significant fruit of this. They are learning about the character of God, they are learning that God cannot lie, that people are made in the image of God and thus we should not be violent towards one another, and they are learning that sin is disobedience to our Creator. And to top that all off, around our village you can hear them singing Scripture testifying to who God is. Once we have the alphabet ready to be taught to the Bakoum people, we hope to start literacy right on our front porch with this group of kids.