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Posted in Africa Culture Culture Shock Encouragements and Exhortations

Time-Orientation and Love

A few years ago, when we still had young kids, we hired a young Kwakum woman to come and help us with cooking and cleaning in our home. She came to us one day and said that she wouldn’t be able to work for a week because one of her family members had died. The reason she wanted a week off was that the Kwakum have funeral celebrations that last for six days. They spend all six days at the burial site, they sleep next to the tomb, and they spend all that time with their family. So, attending this…

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Posted in Newsletter

[NEWSLETTER] Progress and a Request for Help

Stacey and I (Dave) have continued the three-week cycle in and out of the village. While the translation project remains our primary focus, whenever we are in the village we continue in evangelism, discipleship, and literacy. One world view issue that keeps coming up regards how we treat the weak and the poor. Here is Stacey’s account of an experience that she recently had in the village: ”It breaks my heart to say that those who are unable to have children, or the handicapped, or the unmarried are often called witches, their possessions are stolen, and they are treated as…

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Stacey Hare and kids in the village
Posted in Encouragements and Exhortations Third Culture Kid

Mitigating Risk in Missions

Last week I wrote a blog about how fear for safety keeps many people from considering missions, especially when it comes to raising children on the field. One of my points in that blog is that missions is not a monolith. The risks that my missionary friends in Mexico face are different from the ones we face, which are still different than the risks my friends in Ireland face. So, any advice I could give would either be very specific to Cameroon, or very general. That said, here are three general tips for mitigating risks in missions: 1. Join a…

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Danger mines
Posted in Christian Missions Encouragements and Exhortations Mobilization Motivation for Missions

Fear and the Myth of “Safety”

A few months ago, I read a blog in which some missionaries were talking about a difficult event that occurred with their children. In the comments on that post, a woman wrote something to the effect of: “If you have young children, it is clear: God has not called you to missions.” I was not really surprised. People have asked us questions about our children throughout the years that belied the same assumption: missionaries are unable to keep their children safe on the mission field. I have found that the main reason people do not consider missions is because of…

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Posted in African Traditional Religion Christian Missions Culture Encouragements and Exhortations

Dangers in Interpreting Circumstances

The Kwakum people, whom we work with, believe that they are surrounded by the spirits of their ancestors. This might sound romantic or even exciting, but in reality for most Kwakum people it is terrifying. I think I have shared the story here before, but early on in our ministry, we did a language survey with a man in a different village whom we had never met before. At the end of the survey we asked him if there were any ways we could be praying for him. At that point, he nearly started weeping. He told us that his…

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Posted in Encouragements and Exhortations

A Christmas Poem from a Mom of Teenagers

Jesus, All You Didn’t Have to Do Jesus, we don’t want to clean up our own messes,Let alone our neighbors’.Begrudgingly, we rinse our own plates,As though doing someone a favor. “Why should we have to empty the whole trash can,When to its contents, we only contributed 10%?”We grumble, we complain,Completing the task while throwing a fit. Jesus, we moan, and we fuss,At the smallest responsibilities entrusted to us. You give us a body to clothe and nourish,That it may be used in service to you.But we tend to primp and worship it,Drawing people’s eyes away from the One to whom…

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Posted in Culture Encouragements and Exhortations Linguistics

Science’s Inconvenient Truths

Stacey and I are scientists. No, we don’t wear lab coats, or work in a sterile environment. We are linguists. Some people consider linguistics a “soft science,” as opposed to the “hard sciences” like biology and chemistry. However, linguists do follow the scientific method: 1) make observations, 2) make a hypothesis, 3) test the hypothesis, 4) repeat until data is accounted for. Rather than chemicals or microorganisms, linguists study languages. Our main area of study so far has been the Kwakum language. Kwakum is structured so different from Indo-European languages and we often encounter grammatical constructions that are untranslatable in…

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Posted in Biblical Counseling Encouragements and Exhortations

Victim Blaming and the Rich Young Ruler

When I was in college, I lived in off-campus housing. The apartment complex was pretty full, and sometimes I would have to park in a lot outside of the parking garage. One morning, when I was heading to work, I came out to find that my car had been broken into. The driver-side window was smashed, stereo stolen, and all my CDs were gone too. I was both a poor college student and an audiophile at this point, so they basically stole everything that I valued. I was crushed, and certain that my car insurance would not pay for it….

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Posted in Encouragements and Exhortations Links Mobilization Prayer Third Culture Kid

RFIS Needs Your Help

If you have read our most recent newsletter, you know that our kids are now attending a school in the capital, Yaounde, called Rainforest International School (RFIS). I cannot tell you how much of a blessing RFIS has already been to us, just over the last couple of months. Our kids are loving it, and it has freed us up to invest more time into the translation work and into the lives of the Kwakum people. Due to a COVID and other reasons, RFIS is struggling and needs your help. Without this school, Christian missions in Cameroon would be hampered…

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Posted in Bible Translation Literacy Newsletter

[NEWSLETTER] Between Two Worlds

Greetings friends from Yaoundé, Cameroon. The Hare family arrived back in Cameroon back in mid-July. We spent a couple of weeks out in the village, but we have now settled-in to a house in Yaoundé, the capital (pronounced yown-dey). In case you don’t know, we moved to the capital for our kids to attend an international school called Rain Forest International School (RFIS). RFIS is desperately in need of teachers, by the way. If you, or anyone you know, might be interested in teaching here (even if it is just for one school year), check out this link. Because we…

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