Hello from Douala, Cameroon! This will be the third country we have been to in three months. (Four for me if you count my visit with Veronica.) The changes have been swift and constant. I am very excited to settle in one place for a bit.
The last couple of months have been a little overwhelming. There has been a lot of transition and change here. As I sat in reception this week and the first couple of patients came on board it made it all worth it. I was reminded why I am here. Not only to do a job, but to love people. It is easy to get caught up in the work and deadlines and forget that. So the Lord was reminding me that my first job is to love those around me well. For this field service that is my goal. To love and support the reception team well, that they may love and support the crew well.
I’ve done a bit of exploring in Douala. We have found food that is amazing and walked done streets that are new to us. The hospital was open the other night for crew to explore. I got to walk through the O.R.s that where our patients will have surgery and through the wards where the patients will recover. They told me my blood type in the lab. I am A+ if you are curious. One of the most amazing things on the ship is that the crew is the blood bank. Crew volunteer to give blood and if they need your blood type they will come find you and ask you to give that day. You get to meet the person that your blood helped saved.
We also had a dessert night with friends. We divided people up into teams of two and they had to provide the dessert and entertainment for the night. Below is a picture of what one of the teams made. The in the dessert is the country each individual was from. Some of my friends had two or three flags in their desserts.
They made a lemon tart dessert and pavlova. It was very yummy. For our night we made no bake cheesecake and I taught everyone the paper game (Picture Telephone). Such a fun game to play.
My boss has asked me to extend my time on the ship. I am in the process of praying and planning for this. If it is approved I will be on the ship for an additional 11 months. It is a bit scary to commit for that long, but I feel this is where the Lord is leading me. I enjoy my time on the ship. It can often be tiring and difficult, but there are great moments as well. I have met people that have poured into my life. People that love Jesus and love those around them.
This is not a comprehensive photo list of those people, but I tried my best with the time and internet I had.
I have had experiences that only come from stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing myself. I have relearned what living in constant community looks like. I think we all have an idealized view of this. The Lord continues to remind me that community can be difficult, but so worth it. That serving others is better then serving ourselves. That living in grace and loving him is where true faith begins. Please be praying that I will make time for him, that I will love others well, and that wherever I am after March I will rest in His plan.