Heather

Living in Cameroon for a year was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, yet so rewarding. Life was a never-ending series of ups and downs. When we first arrived, it was a challenge to adjust to doing life in a whole new country. Even things like cooking and going out to run errands was a big deal. As the year progressed, it became easier to do little tasks and fun to see how much I was growing.

One of the best things I did was co-teach five crazy fun kiddos. We (almost) always had a blast doing school, and I learned as much from them as I taught. It was such a blessing to work with their parents as well and see how they led their family.

This was a year of giving up my “rights” in order to advance the gospel.

Though it didn’t always feel like I was helping advance the gospel and reach people (my job was basically to follow a curriculum and hang out with kids), I can look back now and see how God was using and growing me. Without my fellow teacher and I, the parents would not have been able to participate in language study and deal with all the details of living in a new country. Grace and I were able to be support for the kids when life was difficult, a fun group to hang out with when no kids their ages were around, teachers to guide them through new curriculum, and an encouragement to continue pursuing Christ - that He is worth it.

This was a year of giving up my “rights” in order to advance the gospel.

However, I will say, I definitely won’t miss power outages, dust, having to wear skirts all the time, the language barrier, the smells, having all manners of small creatures in our house, and people constantly staring.

I learned (and am still continuing to learn) to take rest in the promises of God;

                - who tells me He loves me - even when I’m overwhelmed

                - who tells me to come to Him when I am restless and worn - that He offers rest

                - who tells me not to be fearful - that He is near

                - who reminds me that I am His child - even on the days I feel like a failure.

I don’t know if I would repeat this year, but I definitely wouldn’t take it back for the world.

I learned how powerful prayer is and the importance of community.

God is big, and His love for this world is huge.