It is crazy that I have been back from Cameroon for six months now! I find myself missing many things. First of all, I miss the girls I lived with. There is just no other bonding that compares with sitting together for hours waiting for electricity and water to come back on. I also miss the rest of the team. Their love and support for me while I was there was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Even though many aspects of living in Cameroon were hard, the long-term missionaries on our team always helped plan fun things for us to do and really went out of their way to provide good experiences such as hiking, engaging with the culture, and game nights! Another thing I miss is the way that Cameroonians go about life. Nobody rushes around from activity to activity. There is this sense of just enjoying each moment instead of seeing it as a chance to get to the next thing. With working and going to school and all of the rushing that comes with just those two responsibilities, I definitely long for those days in Cameroon where life felt fairly simple. I also miss the exposure I had to a culture totally different from my own. There were many eye-opening experiences that taught me not only about their culture, but also my own. I was forced out of my comfort zone quite often just in doing basic activities such as going to the market or visiting people’s homes. I will always appreciate how that discomfort caused so much growth in me.
There are a couple of things I don’t miss, the first being the mosquitos. I was such a target to them, and they drove me crazy! I was convinced that they were God’s greatest test to me while I was there. I also don’t miss the times we had no running water. I was able to handle the lack of electricity pretty well, but not having running water was particularly frustrating. I never knew how much I loved flushing toilets until living in Cameroon.
Nobody rushes around from activity to activity. There is this sense of just enjoying each moment instead of seeing it as a chance to get to the next thing.
Despite some of the tough things, I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience all that I did there. I got to see God do some amazing things in me and those around me, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.