Happy Easter from the Yee family. We hope you had a time to celebrate and worship despite all of the challenges of the current situation.
Like many people across the world, we have been spending a lot of time at home. I feel like this picture sums up how some days have gone:
Hopefully everyone is enjoying this time at home.
There are many question about what happens next for us, but no more than there are for everyone right now. We wait on the Lord, and know that He has been faithful in the past and will continue to be.
There’s no doubt that being away from family during the holidays is hard. It was great to spend Christmas and Thanksgiving with new friends, things just weren’t the same.
During the holidays there’s always something that makes Thanksgiving your family’s Thanksgiving, or that makes Christmas your family’s Christmas. For us, that was usually food.
And in Cameroon we would attempt to recreate these recipes.
Usually they were close. However, no matter how closely a recipe is followed, or how carefully the ingredients are selected, making it yourself — especially in a different country — just isn’t the same.
And the holidays don’t feel right.
So we were glad to be able to visit with our family’s Christmas and Thanksgiving this year and be part of the familiar again.
Well, it has been busy. With the start of school, we have been busy. The kids are playing soccer and cheerleading. Eila also attended the homecoming dance. We visited with family at Old Man’s Cave in Ohio, and have been returning to local favorites like cider mills.
And, the weather is getting cold. We all need extra layers.
Here’s an overview of April in photos:
We don’t have pictures of fall, because there’s no autumn here! However, here’s some pictures to show what we’ve been doing over the last few months:
Cinco de mayo was no time for siesta, but time to fiesta. We planned a fun little party to celebrate the defeat of the French forces in Pueblo and also to eat lots of good Mexican food with a wide variety of international families (but unfortunately not even one hispanic person in the mix.) The boys made signs to let folks know about the fun to come. Eila made a piñata. We all worked to make food and some decorations. There was lots of music and dancing, and, of course, football (soccer).
Then, on the occasion of the royal wedding (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle), our British neighbor and friend, hosted a lovely garden party. It was a royal afternoon tea party to which the ladies wore hats and the gents sported bowties. Again, of course, there was music and food and even a little badminton. This was also the date we celebrated Brian’s birth and so it was extra special.
We hope you had a happy Easter celebration.
We just want to send a very quick update and give thanks to you for your prayers and to God for His great power!
Shannon has been pain free for almost two weeks now. She experienced immediate relief and full healing as a small group prayed over her. Praise God.
Schedules returned to normal this week after spring break. Also, Shannon is away this week at the village to continue with the next linguistics workshop with the same language community.
Please pray for Shannon’s workshop in the village this week to go well and also for continued good health for the whole family.
It has been a little while since our last update, and maybe you are wondering how Shannon’s village trip went. The short answer is: wonderfully! You can read more details and see a few pictures here.
One of the downsides to life in a tropical climate is the large insect population, mosquitos especially. While Shannon was in the village, she got quite a few bug bites, one of which likely resulted in a virus called chikungunya (similar to dengue fever or the zika virus). Shortly after returning from her travels, she got a high fever, itchy rash, headache, etc. that lasted about a week. Then, the second stage of the virus set in with severe arthritis pain in her joints. She is doing better each day and is easing back into resuming her regular workload, but still from home.
Brian continues to work on the final details of the new payroll system, as well as preparing a new website for the Cameroon branch. The computer services department is very busy, and Brian is glad to have great colleagues. He and the kids have been playing soccer in their free time as well as doing some extra cooking and cleaning.
We really want to thank you for partnering with us in this work; we are so encouraged when we think about the people that are participating with us in Bible translation here in Cameroon!
Please thank God for:
- protecting and caring for us each day,
- deepening friendships (Shannon’s sickness has opened the door for others to come alongside and love on us.)
- safety in travel and the productive noun workshop in February.
Thank you for praying. We would appreciate your prayers for:
- good health: in addition to Shannon’s virus, stomach troubles and bug bites are a common problem for all of us, and Eila has been having some bad headaches lately;
- continued development of friendships and adjustments to cultural differences.