Louisiana Flooding & Cameroon

August 30, 2016

Conflicted. That’s the word to describe my heart and mind.

I work in an office to spread the word about what God is doing in Cameroon, Africa. Yet outside of the office doors in Baton Rouge, LA, are tens of thousands of people who have been displaced from their homes due to historic flooding.

How do I write about what God is doing on the other side of the ocean, when there are so many immediate needs everywhere I look? How do I work on tasks in an air-conditioned office when people are working in the heat to bring back a little sense of normalcy? From social media to piles of home remains on the street, Baton Rouge is screaming at me that it is grieving loss.

However, I am reminded of eternity. I remember that Cameroonians, apart from a relationship with Jesus, will be separated from God for eternity. Though there are immediate physical needs to be met in Baton Rouge, there are also dire spiritual needs in Cameroon for Jesus to be brought to a people who would not otherwise have access to Him.

As we continue to bring updates about Cameroon to you, we hope you will not take our social media posts and our “business as usual” to mean that we are not thinking about and grieving with our friends and families who were affected by the recent floods. We are merely taking our call seriously to fight in the spiritual battle for Cameroon. We will help flood victims in Louisiana, but we must also continue to pray and labor so that Christ would be glorified in Cameroon.

In the midst of grieving, unsettledness, hours of manual labor and rearranging of life, may we cast our gaze upward, to Jesus, who empathizes, meets needs, and plans to bring transformation to every tribe, tongue, and nation.

In the midst of grieving, unsettledness, hours of manual labor and rearranging of life, may we cast our gaze upward, to Jesus, who empathizes, meets needs, and plans to bring transformation to every tribe, tongue, and nation.

Amber Elworth, MCWA Media Specialist

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