First things first..
Today’s news…I passed my evaluation with the required “Strong B2” level.
So let me take a moment.. WOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOO!! I don’t have all the numbers yet, but Dominique’s writing up the attestations tonight, so I should have that in hand tomorrow.
Ok…now that that’s over…on to the DELF Exam on June 18-19. I have the other papers I need to apply for my Cameroonian Visa early next week.
Scott (or Equality Part 2):
So i mentioned in my first post that missions were predominantly female…and found out from Scott, a friend in Orlando, that it’s 80%. I can’t remember whether he was referring to Wycliffe or missions in general, but either way, it’s still shocking either way. What’s even more shocking is that out of over 6000 Wycliffe members and partners worldwide, 17 are black. This isn’t the fault of them not being acdepted or welcomed. He thinks it runs much deeper. Each Wycliffe missionary must form a personal partnership team for prayer and financial support, just as I did. Scott, an African American and converted Muslim, tells me that he’s found that the health and wealth gospel is destroying the African-American church from the inside. He says that many times the members and leaders are more worried about what they recieve than what they can give back. Of the 3 African-American members I’ve met since joining Wycliffe, one is in the field, one is still searching for partnership, and Scott, who has worked tirelessly for Wycliffe with only $200 monthly support and will pursue another mission of evangelization in Africa. He is one of the most passionate Christians I know and has spoken at hundreds of venues promoting Bible Translation and encouraging others like me.
There are many areas where Christianity is considered the “white man’s” faith…think of the effect of a few passionate African Americans helping to bring the Gospel to a people group of Africa.
And Tigger too..
Another missionary friend (I’m gonna call her Tigger for reference because she’s in a sensitive country and situation [the pseudonym makes sense to me]) has arrived in her country of destination after years of linguistics and language study, financial and spiritual roadblocks, and several setbacks in developping a team. She has been able to start work in a community that needs the word of God…mostly with the single women as the social system is very constraining and separative. Recently, though it seems the rules are changing, and she may have to go home and re-apply for a visa to stay in that country. I was able to speak with her today and encourage her…let her know how much her courage and heart for the people encourages me. It was a great exchange, and God’s timing. Please pray for “Tigger” in this difficult time.