Wed 9 May 2007
In the past four months, I have visited 9 of Cameroon’s 10 provinces and seen some incredible sights. But what I most love about Cameroon is the people that I have had the opportunity to spend time with. Here are a few of the faces I love:
Albert Samah is my research partner for my study of Pentecostalism. He is a history teacher, a phd student, a poet, and always making me laugh. A typical day spent with and Albert involves us walking all over the city debating the inerrancy of scripture or the role of women, on our way to the next interview. He is a true friend. (see blog titled “In the Field)
Collins Etchi Ako (or Sketchy Etchie, as I call him) is the leader of the HIV/AIDS malaria team for the United Methodist Church Cameroon. Collins knows how to “get the fun.” His great sense of humor made the endless hours in the bus a blast, and I love hanging out with him in Yaoundé. He recently got married and has a baby girl, Annielle. I don small class for pigeon, Collins na ma teacher.
Paulinesse (Ines) becomes more beautiful to me everyday. My youngest host-sister has a heart of gold, and eyes that grow big and bright and full of wonder. She loves to lie next to me on my bed and listen to my music. I’m teaching her to swing dance, Charleston and everything, and she loves to be twirled about. I’ve learned a lot about life from spending time with Ines.
Lawrence is from the village of Defang wayyyy out in the Southwest province. When we arrived at his church on the mission trip, he was out front leading the children in song and dance. He has the faith to move mountains and recently told me about his dream of becoming a United Methodist pastor.
Marie is the “femme de ménage” at my homestay, so six days a week I wake up to her fantastic smile. She is one of the most delightful people I know, and taught me how to flip omelets in the air. I love to sit next to her in the kitchen as she grinds spices or peels vegetables.
Mama Therese is the wife of Pastor Simeon and has two adorable boys, Jonas and Janvier. She is incredibly sweet and has a beautiful smile. She is a wonderful seamstress and loves to lead children in song and dance.
Alain is my host sisters’ home teacher, so he comes by the house three times a week to teach math and physics. He studies and teaches computer science at local schools. Alain is always teaching me in the ways of Cameroonians; one time put a chicken bone in my mouth for me to eat, but I just couldn’t do it.