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Not Meant to be Alone

"And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers...And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved."
Acts 2:42-47
Can you believe that we are leaving next month?! Our quickly impending departure has caused us to feel a bit of irony at what we are learning at church. The sermon series we are going through at our Dallas church is on the book of Acts. Our pastor mentioned in a recent sermon that the Christian walk was never meant to remain "personal." Certainly there is a personal aspect and it is important to spend time in Bible study and prayer on our own. However, if God had wanted things to remain on a personal level, he would not have instituted the Church. But read the passage from Acts 2 above. From the very beginning of the Church, we have been living life together. We were meant to live life in community. This is a funny truth to acknowledge when we are about to move to a place where there is little to no fellowship. Our current plan is to be among the Kwakum people, a people group with very few Christians. And even these few Christians will speak a language that we cannot understand and will not understand for a number of years.
By moving to Cameroon we are leaving the very community that the Lord has created us to live in. But as we have been thinking about it, we are actually moving into an environment more like Acts. There will be very few Christians, little understanding of the True God, and a message that bears with it the very power of that God. We can only pray that the Lord would allow us to see the same kind of dramatic response to the Gospel that the Apostles saw. Until then, we are incredibly aware of our need for our brothers and sisters. We have a resource that the disciples did not: you! Having Andrew and Lauren King out for a few days (see picture above) reminded us how important our family and friends will be when we move. We send out these newsletters not just to keep you updated, but to keep you involved. Like you, when we are in Cameroon, we will be facing temptations and attacks from without and from within. But we will not be able to go over to see a friend. Or have someone watch our kids so we can have a spiritual retreat or even a date night. It is very likely that for several years we will feel very alone. So I ask you now, as we move from Christian community next month, will you pray for us? Will you pray that we will believe Christ's promise that he will never leave or forsake us? Will you pray that the Lord would bring the Gospel powerfully to Cameroon like he did in Acts 2?
By Way of Update...
Bush Mechanics
I (Dave) just completed two short classes and the first is Bush Mechanics. It was here that I learned how to setup a solar power system for our house, how to repair small engines, and how to create a solar cooker (see my team's above, we got it to over 200 degrees!). We showed you a picture of a house a few newsletters ago that was built in Cameroon for us to live in. We are so thankful for this kind offer, but the house is in a village with no electricity or running water. This was an exciting class because it gave me the tools that I need to be able to install solar panels, dispose of waste, and even dig a well. I am very thankful that I will have other missionaries close by so that I will not have to do this on my own. But I am also thankful for the tools I learned in this class!
Primary Health Care
Just for the sake of fairness, I also took the Primary Health Care class that Stacey took last year. We made splints, learned proper sanitary practices, and even gave each other injections. The kinds of medical concerns that we have here in the US are nothing like what people face in tropical cultures. It is so helpful to have an idea of what to do if one of us gets malaria, or gets extremely dehydrated. Praise the Lord that those who have spent time in Africa can give us an idea on how to be prepared.
Prayer Requests
  • Practical Details - please be praying for all of the practical things that will have to happen for us in the next couple of months. We went to the French embassy in Houston earlier this month. Please pray that they approve our visas so that we can purchase our plane tickets.
  • Stacey Training - Stacey will be done with her linguistics training on March 7th. Please pray that she will finish strong and retain all that she has learned.
  • Kids - There is going to be a lot of transition over the next few months (really over the rest of their lives). Pray that they would transition well to France life, including daycare for a few hours a day while we are language learning.
  • Language Learning - we need to have a really good foundation in French before we move to Cameroon. Please pray that the Lord would give us great teachers, diligence to study, and supernatural ability to learn French. We will be in France for 1 year.
  • Patience - I think Pastor Jeff King (from IBC Louisville) said that this stage of parenting is "long days and short years." That is really how it feels. It is a challenge to have four kids under the age of four. Please pray that the Lord would grant us the patience to be a spiritual encouragement to the kids and lead them in righteousness.
     
*LOUISVILLE ALERT* We are coming to Louisville from March 10th - March 14th. Please reply to this email if you would like to plan a time for us to meet up with you.
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