April 2013 Update
Mark & Nancy Waite (1986)
Dear Prayer Partners,
Where In The World Is The Waite Family?
After leaving Cameroon February 13 and landing in Memphis, TN twenty-eight hours later we have logged over 6000 miles on the road reporting back to seven churches in five States while visiting family and friends along the way. Not quite finished yet, we still have 1500 more miles to travel, one more church to report to, as well as a few more family and friends to see in the Northeast before the end of April when we will move to Manchester Center, Vermont. That’s a lot of driving, preaching, visiting, and fast food to cram into a family in less than 50 days. No wonder you don’t know where we are and no wonder we’re a tad bit tired!
Seriously, we have thoroughly enjoyed the visits with our supporting churches and praise God for these churches who have invested heavily in our ministry in Cameroon. We are also very thankful for our individual supporters as well who have also invested hard earned finances into the lives of Cameroonian believers and “pre-believers” alike. And whereas it was simply impossible to visit everywhere and everyone we wanted to please know that all of your faithful prayer and financial support are very much appreciated. In fact, your generous and sacrificial giving has resulted in the Grace Tait Children’s Shelter becoming a loving, stable, and almost entirely self-sustaining ministry to orphaned children. In addition to the orphanage, your financial support helped three missionary training schools come into existence so as to train national believers in Cameroon as church planters, evangelists, women & children’s workers, and pastors. Finally, your investment was used to support the beginning of two new churches, one in the town of Bali and another in the Muslim city of Maroua. Thank you for giving to the Lord so as to make much of Christ in Cameroon.
We continue to support and provide guidance to the different ministries in Cameroon from here in the States and will continue to do so indefinitely. Whereas, we had hoped and planned for the orphanage to be independent and completely self-sustaining by this June some of the Cameroonian churches who had pledged support are unable to fulfill their commitment leaving us to provide $600 per month for the support of the orphanage at least through 2013. We are still hopeful that the churches will come through and begin helping in the next year or so. In addition, we are hopeful that the orphanage’s farm and business ventures will continue to keep costs low and eventually provide for the lion’s share of the ministry’s support. Until then, we are continuing to accept donations for the Grace Tait Children’s Shelter through our ministry partner Southern Hills Baptist Church. The “Adopt-An-Orphan” program is also still up and running as well.
We are also continuing to support two missionary training schools in Yaounde and Maroua respectively. Both schools run 12 week class sessions three times a year training between 36 to 40 young men and women per year. We have also been asked to begin a CM3T School (Centers For Missionary Training, Tactics & Theology) in Liberia. This new school is slated to begin this September. Each school needs $200 per month to operate.
Finally, Mark is planning to lead a trip to Cameroon and Liberia in early 2014 for the purpose of providing theological and pastoral training in our three schools. Please be in prayer for this trip as it provides our national believers in Cameroon and now Liberia with opportunities for encouragement, further training, and ministry resources which we are able to hand carry to them, that otherwise would never get into Cameroon.
s for our personal support that is given to us through CTEN, this should no longer be sent to CTEN after June 27 as we will be resigning from the mission at the end of June. Our resignation from CTEN does not mean we will no longer be working in Cameroon or continuing to oversee and expand the ministries God has given us there. It simply means we will no longer need personal support. On the other hand, we do need ministry support to continue supporting the orphanage, CM3T Schools, and our church planting evangelists who are working among the Muslims in Cameroon. Any support that you may wish to send for the support of these ministries after that date should be sent to Southern Hills Baptist Church in Copperas Cove, Texas by either check or PayPal. All financial support sent to SHBC for the work in Cameroon will be used by us for that work. In addition, all of your gifts are still tax-deductible and you will receive a tax receipt.
So, perhaps you’re wondering what’s to become of us now that we are back in the States. Well, we have been adopted by a small church in Manchester Center, Vermont that was looking for a missionary pastor to come and lead them in making much of Jesus in a very hard an “unchurched” area of the country. When we realized we were not going to be able to stay in Cameroon on a fulltime basis we asked the Lord to send us to an area in the U.S. that had hardly any believers and very few churches where we could be used to make much of Him. Vermont seems to fit the bill and thus, that is where we are planning to land once all our traveling and reporting comes to an end in the next few weeks. Please pray for us in this next adventure! Believe it or not, there are less solid Bible believing and teaching churches in Vermont than in Yaounde, the capitol of Cameroon.
Thanks so much for all your help! God has indeed used your prayers and gifts to further His work in Cameroon and soon Liberia.
Mark, Nancy & Kids
P.S. This is not an afterthought…….but because I know many times we run our cursor down the main body of letters and read the P.S. I decided to put this prayer request here. Please pray for a young Muslim man named Bah from Maroua who recently was brought to saving faith in Christ. He left the Mosque and began preaching Christ in his village where three brothers, listening to him, also came to saving faith in Christ. The father of these three brothers had them killed when they would not deny Christ. Bah was able to escape and is in constant danger of death as well. Presently, he has found refuge and is growing in his faith. Please pray for him and for our evangelists in Maroua who are preaching the glorious and costly Gospel of Christ.
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