Monday, October 22, 2012

Joyful


I have to make a post about Gladys. She is the missionaries housekeeper/cook. She is one of the sweetest ladies and you can just see her love for Jesus shining through her.  She has not had an easy life.  Her husband walked away years ago and she was left to raise their children on her own. All of her children were recently abused by a neighbor.  Yet despite all that she always has a smile on her face. She takes joy in her work.  She never fails to greet you good morning and ask you how your sleep was.  She laughs freely and easily, it is a beautiful sound.  When we shared our snickers with her, she joyfully exclaimed that she was so blessed.

Gladys with bread just out of the oven!

And her food!!! My goodness is she an amazing cook. Gladys makes the best bagels I have ever had! Everything is made from scratch and tastes wonderful!




In the afternoon after school some of her children would come over and visit. I loved those times of getting to play games and seeing their smiles when you gave them sweets. I will miss them all dearly.

Me and sweet Joy!

Playing Sorry together :)

~Jessie

Life for us in Cameroon

I have enjoyed my time here in Africa so much! Hard to believe it’s almost over, the time has flown by so very fast. The children here have stolen my heart. Each one of them, so extremely precious! I will never forget my time here. I pray that in the (very near) future God opens the door for me to come back!

Friday was our last day of doing classes at the school. We arrived at the school earlier than normal so that we could be there for morning devotions. 

All the children gathered for devotions.

Reading their bibles.

Some members of the school board came to thank us for coming to the school and gave us each (Grammy, Kali, and I) an African bag! I love it! 

Our bags!
The children all sang some songs as well, it was beautiful to hear! They even had a little band. I love the way they play their drums here! It was sad having to say bye to all the kids. There are certain little ones that have stood out and made me fall for them even more. I will for sure be missing them all!!! As our trip has gone on the children have gotten more comfortable with us. On Friday when we were walking up to the school many of the children came running and held hands with Kali and I, even had some holding onto the back of my shirt. Then when leaving the school the littlest ones from pre-nursery (around 3 years old) came running over to us and gave us all lots of hugs. Their pudgy faces and sweet smiles just melt your heart! I felt like it was a little piece of heaven ;) Children are such beautiful gifts from God. 


Today is our last full day here in Cameroon, I'm hoping we can at least walk up to the school and see the children one last time. I am not ready to leave them...but I am looking forward to seeing my wonderful family! Now if only I could be in two places at once :)

Life here is not easy. Many live with no running water or electricity. Children are on their own at a very young age. You see a six year old taking care of a three year old. When driving the other day there was a little boy (probably no more than seven) walking along the road with a machete in his hand! You see sights like that very often; it is just normal everyday life. People carry just about anything on their heads (firewood, clothes, food, water).



Walking home from work.

~Jessie


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

African Wedding

On Saturday, we got to experience a Cameroonian wedding! It was very long....the service was about 4 hours of sitting on wooden benches :) There were many different traditions than in the US. It was very neat to see how it is done here and what customs they have. Everyone danced down the aisle to give the couple their gifts. It was so fun to watch, the African drums were playing and everyone was singing.  Since the couple getting married are teachers at the school there were a bunch of adorable children at the wedding, all in their best outfits. Loved seeing them :)

The little flowers girls were so cute.

The bride.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday Afternoon :)

Today after church we took a drive up a mountain and took a little hike. The drive was very bumpy, well it was beyond bumpy, but I quite enjoyed it :) The view was breathtaking! Reminded me just how great God is and how powerful He is! You could see for miles and miles. Here are some pictures of our adventure :)




Love the waterfalls!

Getting firewood

Taking in the view.

My wonderful grandmother :)


Loved these flowers.

Grammy and Kali with one of the missionaries we are staying with.

Me being me ;)

Pretty lady!





Trying not to slip into the water :)

Loved the view!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pictures, Part 2

One of my favorite little guys :)

Some of the older students.

This was a sunset out the back door a couple nights ago. So beautiful!

During one of the lessons.

Love those eyes :)



These two were so smiley and cute!

Kali with some cuties!

Playing a game. They love competing. 

Trying to get in the picture, one of the little boys ended up on the ground cause everyone  was getting so excited for the camera. 

Playing during a break at school.




Loving getting to teach these precious children!

Washing their hands before lunch.

Lunch break.

She is just so cute!

Gathering around Kali :)

"snap me, snap me" :)

Coloring ;)