Every spring around Easter our missionary community gathers together for worship, spiritual emphasis meetings, and business meetings. With everyone in meetings there is a huge need for childcare during that time. If you or or others from your church are interested in helping with this need please contact us or Lori Chilton at email@example.com. Please pray with us that God will lead the people he has chosen to care of all our young ones during that time.
A little bit of Michigan in Yaoundé
The boys have already had about 3 weeks of school and so far things are going well. They enjoy having their friends in their classes and they have been learning a lot. The school is small with one teacher for every 2 grades (1-2, 3-4, and 5-6) and a separate K class. It’s a short walk from where we live and the kids get walked there and back by a parent.
The boys’ school put on a pinewood derby-style car race and the boys entered. Since some folks don’t have a lot of tools here, we were able to use the maintenance shop on the center and the tools there. This was a big help. Here’s some pictures of the work in process and the finished product.
We made it!
Praise God for answering so many prayers. We had a wonderful time with our family on vacation, seeing Paris and Rome. Then, we were able to get everything packed and say some goodbyes to our friends in France. We arrived in Africa with all of our luggage late Tuesday night and have been unpacking and getting settled into our new home in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Our new colleagues and their families have been very helpful and welcoming to us. We are grateful for our time in language study, which has made our transition easier. The kids start school next Monday and Brian has already gone to work for a bit. Shannon has connected with the linguistics team a little as well. Thank God with us for His provision and care for us!
Please keep praying with us for:
- Adjustment to daily life, especially shopping and meal preparations (and school for the kids)
- Good health and wisdom in decisions
- Community living, specifically good relationships with our neighbors and co-workers
Yay! We are super excited to have our passports back from the Cameroonian Consulate with our visas to enter the country. Praise God that this happened so quickly (less than one week total!) and smoothly. This is a huge relief and answer to prayer. We can now check off the biggest box on our list in getting ready to move to Africa. As they say in French “Toc.”
Just a few more things to do before we go… We are slowly getting it done. ✅ Toc. Toc. Toc.
Last weekend, the Centre Chrétien d’Enseignement du Français (CCEF) in Albertville celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. It was a full weekend which started on Thursday with skits, poster, tree planting and videos by each of the classes to commemorate this special occasion.
We continued with some songs, skits and snacks again on Friday morning.
Saturday morning, Shannon helped to lead small groups of visitors as they toured the school. Then there was the official ceremony on Saturday afternoon. All of the current students participated in a chorale for the ceremony and Brian’s class performed their song to transition from officials to testimonies of formers students.
The final part of the celebration was on Sunday morning. All of the evangelical churches in Albertville joined together for a special service followed by hors d’oeuvres. Actually, each of the 50th anniversary events were followed up by a little snack. It was very French, complete with champagne (plain or with crème de cassis), pain surprise (a bread bowl filled with a variety of tiny sandwiches), and lots of little quiches and charcuterie. The cake for the Jubilé was especially festive with large fireworks!
It was a full weekend with a wonderful celebration of all the ways that God has used this school to teach and send out over 2600 missionaries from over 30 countries to 36 different francophone countries. God’s work is ongoing and it is so encouraging to be a part of something so much bigger than we can see.
Nous avons réussi nos examens!
We passed our exams!
We are almost halfway through our language training here in France and have progressed on to the next level and also class. We will have another set of exams at the end of June that will determine if we have the necessary fluency in the French language.
It was a full week of testing that covered speaking, pronunciation, reading comprehension, listening, writing, vocabulary, grammar and of course, une dictée (a dictation), which is typically french. The boys have two dictées each week in school. The grammar test was grueling, but the production exams in writing and speaking were also extremely fearsome.
Grades in France are usually based out of 20 points. 50% is passing and anything less is failing. It is acceptable to get 10-11,9/20 (passable). Scoring 12-13,9/20 is pretty good or a C (assez bien) while 14-15,9/20 is good (bien), which is the equivalent of a B and 16-19,9/20 is very good (très bien) or an A grade.
A little story about Josiah’s recent field trip was published in the local paper and Josiah appears in the picture. Pretty neat:
Josiah’s school published a story on their website about the field trip. You can read more here (in French). Josiah appears in one of the pictures (same one as the newspaper it looks like).