September 2012 Update
Mark & Nancy Waite (1986)
Dear Pastors, Churches, Individual Financial Supporters, & Praying Friends,
It is hard to believe that we are fast coming up on our one year mark here in Cameroon in just a few days. God has been so faithful in the meeting of all of our needs, both ministry needs and personal. Thus, we wanted to give you an informal financial report of sorts as we come to the end of our first year of ministry here and before we pack up the computer and set off for Maroua. As we studied all our financial records and put this together we were amazed at how much has been invested in our ministry over the course of one year. Between our supporting churches, many individuals, and gifts from Bread For Life International God has supplied all of our needs, over and beyond what we could have imagined.
This report will include our four main ministries and their respective expenditures from August 2011 to September 2012. The report also includes our living expenses while living in Cameroon this past year. It does not include our continuing stateside expenses such as our house mortgage, retirement savings, kids’ education expenses, airfare savings (saving up for our plane tickets to come home), and other personal expenses. This report does not include the support provided to the orphanage in July of 2011 which amounted to $2000.00. Nor does it include the expenses related to traveling to Cameroon, shipping our things as well as ministry materials, supplies for the orphanage, and the custom fees paid out to retrieve all of these things from the Port of Cameroon. Those costs amounted to almost $50,000.00.
We do praise God for raising up such generous and faithful supporters as you and truly hope you are pleased with the investments being made with your support funds. At the present time two of our CM3T graduates are beginning another training school in Yaounde with 13 students which begins November 3. Two more graduates are accompanying us to Maroua where we will begin another CM3T Training School there with at least six students who have already signed up. We also have two graduates already at work here in the Bali area working a circuit of Fulbe preaching points where they continue to preach and teach the Gospel in Fulbe villages and compounds as well as disciple the few Fulbe converts God has given us. Two other graduates are working in a local church in the village of Bossa and the orphanage is being led by another of our graduates. Presently, we are working with our graduates to begin three new churches—one in Yaounde, one in a small village outside of Bossa, and another among the Fulbe in the mountains surrounding Bossa. Nancy is also meeting regularly with four to eight Fulbe women and children each week in our home. They come to hear Bible stories and talk about what it means to be a Christian. In addition, we continue to meet with Adam and his family two or three times a week including Sunday mornings. Continue to pray for them and especially Adam as he is struggling with the pressure being brought upon him from the Muslim community for professing Christ.
Our two CM3T grads remaining here have already begun taking over these different meetings and are doing exceptionally well. They have also begun to make new contacts and are sharing the Gospel regularly with whoever will listen. Mark, for the most part, continues to oversee, encourage, and provide pointers as they do the work of the ministry.
One other ministry endeavor we are involved in is the disbursing of Mark’s library of almost 2500 books to pastors, national evangelists, and church planters who are interested in seeing a biblical and theological reformation occur here in Cameroon and then spread into West Africa. As you can imagine there is a great lack here in terms of sound theological resources and Bible study materials. Our intent in bringing Mark’s library, which he used as a pastor in the States, was to give it away here so as to put into the hands of faithful pastors and national missionaries ministry tools to be used for God’s glory. We have also had the joy of distributing Bibles, books, and other ministry materials sent to us from some of our supporting churches through our valiant visitors who have been willing to lug around a couple suitcases weighing sometimes from 60 to 70 lbs. full of good solid (and heavy) books for our students.
We want to take an opportunity to also thank Southern Hills Baptist Church which has acted as our “bank” for most of our orphanage ministry funds. They have faithfully collected and disbursed all the monies that have come in for the orphanage this past year. What a blessing this has been to us. Whether you are giving to the orphanage through Southern Hills or directly to our support through our mission agency, Commission to Every Nation (CTEN), be assured your funds do arrive and we appreciate every single gift regardless of the amount. As a final note, we have been made aware that some of our supporters will need to lower or discontinue their support altogether for various reasons resulting in a loss to us of about $550.00 per month. Please pray with us that God will raise up this support through other interested individuals or churches. If you know of any who might be interested in helping us with this please feel free to direct them to CTEN’s website (www.cten.org).
We hope this report encourages you as well as inflames you to excel even more in your support of missions for the sake of God’s glory and your joy in seeing Christ’s “other sheep” brought into His fold (John 10:16). I would also be amiss if I did not mention that we are so very grateful for your prayer support on our behalf. Your prayers to the Father for us and our ministry are precious to us.
Thank you again!
For The Sake of The Gospel,
Mark, Nancy & kids
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