We had an easy and uneventful 9 1/2 hour flight from Seattle. We just met a Seattle-based medical mission team in the airport here in Paris. They are providing glasses to remote tribes in Cameroon. Their team leader, Dan, serves with KIROS prison ministry in the Seattle, having formerly lead the ministry in southern California. He mentioned that he has been to a couple of the prisons in Cameroon in past years. This is their 21st trip.
We have a five hour layover here in France and we will arrive in Yaoundé this evening, starting with an evening of rest and jumping right into work tomorrow, hopefully visiting a prison before teaching our first leadership conference in the capital city tomorrow evening.
We are all in great spirits and very excited to serve as a team this coming week. A short update from a non-eventful day.
As our departure approaches (36 hours away) I am excited to once again be returning to the continent of Africa to be used of the Lord to tell of his son, Jesus Christ, the King of Cameroon and the universe. I am blessed that he has chosen to use me in this way and I am so thankful for all of my prayer and financial supporters that make this Prison Ministry Campaign possible.
As it was prophesied that John the Baptist would be a herald for the coming King, so God has commanded all of his children to be a herald of his second coming. Jesus said “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (Jn 8:36). “The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor (afflicted); he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (the opening of the eyes to those who are blind) – Isa 61, Lk 4:18 – May that be our prayer.
This will be my 15th overseas trip with Prisoners for Christ and the first time for an American team to travel the nation of Cameroon. Pastor Dona has been serving under the umbrella of PFC since we met him 6 years ago in Congo when he traveled there to meet us. He met our PFC team in Nigeria last fall and has been diligently putting our training into practice – he has established regional directors in four other areas of Cameroon. Each of those directors will be with us in Yaoundé for our Prison Ministry Training Conference.
We are scheduled to visit four or five prisons, meet with prison officials and hold one all-day Prison Ministry Training Conference and two evening Leadership Conferences.
The Lord has been leading me to prayer in a much more powerful way than usual and I am very encouraged to be traveling with three dear brothers, all of whom I have served with on the international mission field previously. Greg Von Tobel is the President of Prisoners for Christ (I have traveled about ten times with Greg), Paul Franks serves with me at King County Jail semi-monthly and traveled with me to Liberia and Kenya in recent years, and Mark Richardson serves as Chaplain of the Kent Regional Justice Center (RJC) and I partnered alongside him in Congo a few years ago.
May the name of Jesus be proclaimed, known, praised and worshiped in the prisons of Cameroon.
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised,
and I am saved from my enemies.