Archive for March, 2009
Sunday, March 29th, 2009
Dan and Faith Eriksen and I arrived in Yaounde last night, Saturday night. We were at 2 different churches this morning, with Dan giving his testimony of God’s work in his life through and after polio at 7 years old.
Please pray for the safe arrival of the rest of our teammates tomorrow evening, Monday.
Also please pray that my 2 large suitcases, filled mostly with materials and gifts for people here, would make it here from Paris–at least that’s where I think they are.
And most urgent, please pray that Dan Eriksen’s electric scooter arrive tomorrow from Paris. Air France wouldn’t allow it on the plane as we came, but hoped to have paperwork that would allow it to be delivered tomorrow.
Thanks! Pictures soon.
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
It seems all our main team members who live in Cameroon are suffering and/or grieving. You’ve already been praying for Monique, Magdalene, and Silas.
Steve and Julie Anderson have just decided that Steve should come to Minneapolis as soon as possible to have some time with his father, Les Anderson, whose Alzheimers has taken a definite turn. Julie plans to come as soon as the Harvest project is done. Our team leader, Bob Horning, has assured her that we will be fine if she feels she should return sooner.
David Anderson also sends a prayer request:
Florence injured tendons in her ankle some months ago and they have not healed properly. Between that pain (when walking) and her arthritis, she has been unable to do all that she would like to do.
Finally, David sends this encouraging update about Clovis:
His surgery went well (Monday). He will need to be in the hospital for six weeks, then physical therapy. They are confident his legs will be much straighter, making walking easier. This puts a strain on his Mom, who must stay at the hospital with him to provide care. But she reports that there are now nine people who have come to Christ through her witness and Bible study! She says she has never had people respond to her witness this way before.
Praise the Lord, and please keep praying.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
We all are packing (or thinking seriously about getting started). Dan and Faith Eriksen and Noel Piper fly out on Friday, and arrive in Yaounde, Cameroon–Lord willing–Saturday evening. The rest of the team departs Sunday, arriving Monday evening.
We plan to keep you in on what’s happening through this blog. So please pray that internet connections will work when we need them!
Please pray for the American part of this Harvest Project team:
- That we not forget anything that is crucial for our ministry
- That we trust in God as we pack, not getting uptight
- That our times with family and friends are close and sweet as we prepare to go
- That we trust our families and friends into the Lord’s hands as we go
- That our times with God are close and sweet, getting us ready to represent Christ in Cameroon.
- And that God do what only God can do–prepare the hearts of the people we will meet there
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Three of our main team members in Cameroon are undergoing personal difficulties and grief, while at the same time they continue in their normal ministry and family responsibilities. On top of that, they are busy with preparations for our team’s ministry with them.
Nungu Magdalene’s cousin, Emmanuel, died recently. Magdalene feels a great deal of affection for him and he has been a particular support and help to her for many years. Also, he was a customs official who helped her find her way through the complicated system when she was retrieving our wheelchair shipments from customs at the port.
Nfor Silas lost a cousin, a 22-year old who died when his car crashed. The wake was at Silas and Mary’s house. Then Silas traveled a full day one-way to return his cousin to their home village. He remained a few days there with his extended family.
Please pray for God’s strength and comfort for Monique, Magdalene, Silas and their families. Pray that they might be Christ’s channel of strength and comfort to their extended families and friends.
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Just a reminder that the Cameroon team will be prayed for tonight at 5:30 at Bethlehem Baptist.
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Clovis’s surgery was scheduled for Friday, but has been moved, probably to Monday. The Lord is saving up until the right time the prayers you have raised for him. And now we can add more.
And pray for the glory of God to be seen in the hospital as Clovis’s mother testifies. Florence Anderson writes:
I gave her a Bible (New Testament) to take with her. . . . She called me last night to say that she has been having Bible study with others in the ward where Clovis is, and that five individuals have come to know Jesus during this time of sharing the gospel with them. She called to thank me for the Bible and to rejoice with me by telling of the salvation occurring in that hospital. She will continue to read and pray with those in the ward.
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
from David Anderson, Team Cameroon member
Clovis, a boy about 10 years old, is one of the students at the CEFED Special School in Santa, Cameroon. [He received a wheelchair during the 2007 Harvest Project.] . . . .
A deformity in both knees has continued to make walking difficult, even with braces and crutches. . . . It has been possible for Clovis to go to an orthopedic hospital in Njinikom, a village north of Bamenda, where doctors from Holland will perform surgery on both knees on March 20, 2009. Read the rest of David Anderson’s letter, including the story of how God has worked through the testimony of Clovis’s mother.
Pray now for Clovis. March 20, the day of Clovis’s surgery, begins in Cameroon when it’s 6 pm today–March 19–in Minneapolis.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
from Faith Eriksen, team member
Shortly after my first husband died 12 years ago, God told me he had a job for me in Cameroon. I had never been on a mission trip, and I didn’t know any missionaries.
I argued with God. “I have no talents, education or skills that could be used in missionary work. He said, “I don’t call the equipped, I equip the called. Remember how I solved the problem when Moses said he couldn’t speak to Pharaoh because he had a speech impediment?”
I said, “Yes, you sent Aaron to speak for him.”
“And you know what happened to Jonah when he refused to go to Nineveh.”
“Yes, and I don’t swim very well.”
I did get some information about Cameroon and I contacted my denomination for names of missionaries in Cameroon. I corresponded with one woman for about 6 years. But the Lord didn’t speak to me again.
I met Dan in 2002. He said, “If you stick with me, you’ll go places.” I didn’t know he meant to the ends of the earth! Since we’ve been married, we’ve been to China, Brazil, and twice to Peru with Wheels for the World. We thought we would go again to Peru this year.
But in November, we found out about the Harvest Project to Cameroon. We knew immediately that we would be going.
God had been preparing me for this for twelve years!
Sunday, March 15th, 2009
The affection between Comfort and her sister, Marguerite, was obvious in their faces and physical closeness, and in the loving care Comfort received from Marguerite.
In order to move Comfort from one place to another in the house, Marguerite had to hoist her up and carry Comfort on her back. Comfort had a hand-pedaled cart she could use outside, but Marguerite had to get her out of the house and onto the bike. When they went to church, Marguerite had to carry her from the cart into the church.
We met the sisters during the 2007 Harvest Project. Now Comfort has a chair and can wheel herself around. As with most of the chairs, this is a blessing not only to the recipient, but to those who care about and for that person.
200 wheelchairs…..200 churches or neighborhoods and families. Pray that the impact of each wheelchair reaches far beyond just one person.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
From Bob Horning, Team Leader
Not only are individuals impacted by these wheelchairs, but whole churches are impacted.
We’ve mentioned Nfor Silas a few times on the blog. He was a big helper in 2007 and has been working tirelessly preparing for us to come in a couple of weeks.
I don’t think we’ve ever mentioned that we had the pleasure of giving one of the wheelchairs to Silas’s dad.
A former pastor, he had several strokes years ago and had not been able to go back to church because he couldn’t make the two-mile walk. Here is Silas’s email when his father was finally able to go back to church.
The happiest day in his life was on Sunday, 2nd. Early Sunday morning he told me I shouldn’t ride him to the church. He wanted to use his wheel chair. My younger brother helped wheel him to church.
That Sunday I was the one preaching and my sermon was from Exodus 4:2&3. The title was “open your eyes and see what God has given to you.”
From the pulpit I saw the old man wheeled into the church. He has not come to the church for the last six years.
He made his way to his old men’s choir where he was the founder some 15 years ago. Singing and dancing. I mean he participated in almost all the church activities that day.
The whole church was touched as he told the stories of how he got the wheelchair and the other disabled people he saw in Santa.
It was agreed upon, some men will wheel him every Sunday and during other church programs. Death seems to be a little longer away from him with all the happiness I saw in him.
I can tell you the church was full of cries and laughter. Can I say it was a joyful sorrow?
200 wheelchairs…..200 churches or neighborhoods. Pray that the impact of each wheelchair reaches far beyond just one person.
(photo: Silas and Gideon Nfor with their father and Bob Horning)
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
The Harvest Project will work through 2 Christian organizations in 2 cities in Cameroon.
In the capital city of Yaounde, we will be with Monique Bessomo, the Founder and Director of the League of Solidarity of Handicapped Women of Cameroon. She tells her own story. . . .
It’s not easy for me to explain why I had the idea to make the center to take care of handicapped persons. In some ways it’s the result of what I lived through.
It all began with the hard blow I had in my life: I was hit by a car when I was 13 years old. I was bedridden for a long time, undergoing surgeries in my upper and lower limbs, which left the joints of my right shoulder and right hip fused and unbendable.
This suffering since my youth placed in my path certain people who spoke to me particularly of the Gospel. These persons–my family, my friends, and some missionaries–helped me understand that, without a doubt, the Lord Jesus Christ wanted me to offer Him my life as it was, and that I should ask Him in prayer [what He wanted me to do]. It was thus that the idea of helping others came to me.
I got together some handicapped women and some other people to form an association called “League of Solidarity of Handicapped Women of Cameroon”.
Profiting from my professional experiences, including training as an occupational therapist in France and 30 years in the Handicap Center of Yaounde, we created a rehabilitation center for the handicapped–men, women, and children.