The return trip to Douala which should have taken 6 hours, took more than 11 hours due to bad roads, heavy rains and getting stuck in a major traffic jam for over 3 hours. We were able to check into the hotel and walk down to the ice cream shop for dinner. We bought pizzas for the team and they ordered fries, burgers and ice cream.
We enjoyed real showers and air-conditioning last night.
We are excited to get back to the U.S. and especially excited that we will be home in just one week.
From the Team: First Impressions of Africa
Jazmine: Bonjour! When I first came to Africa I was surprised to see that there are things in Africa that are also in America. Everyone was colorful and happy. Being in the presence of a different kind of joy. And I’ve learned that just because you don’t speak their language and they don’t speak ours doesn’t mean we can’t communicate with a smile or a wave. Another thing I’ve learned is that they know how to cook. We had jama jama which is cooked greens and really good seasoning. It reminds me that f what my dad makes. We also had really good rice with carrots, plantains, watermelon, chicken with hot sauce and a really good tropical drink. When we got to the apartment/hotel room we swam in their pool. Our beds were comfy and the rooms were nice. For breakfast we had eggs, bread with jams/jelly or butter and tea. Yesterday we played Mafia and we got to hear a testimony. I love the African music and the people and it’s only been two days. The smell startled me when we got to the restaurant. We crammed into a van with the luggage on top when we left the airport. I was reading Genesis 1 when I got here and it totally described everything here. The weather is super nice too and I’m excited to see the AIDS orphan kids and be able to share God’s love with them. Au revoir!
JonMichael: My first impressions of Africa are that it is very dirty and different. The city is smelly and poor and people everywhere on the street are trying to sell things. Nearly everything is different from America all the way down to the shape of the sewage drain. It feels as though lots of people are out to scam us so I am always focused when we leave the house. The trees and plants are really pretty. We ate at a restaurant last night and had jama jama, chicken and plantains. The plantains were amazing! The people wear gorgeous patterned clothes! I hope I get to buy some. People are just as happy and sad here as in America which goes to show that wealth does not bring happiness. You can tell that the gospel is not prevalent in this area though, so I can’t wait to share it with the people.
Lucas: My first impression of Africa was that there are ten times more bugs in Florida than in Africa. The people here are awesome. They are also kind. The food here is SUPER GOOD. We ate this green food called jama jama. It was delicious. The people here are amazing. They balance food on their head and walk really fast. Most of the people here ride motorcycles. The water here isn’t very clean so we have to filter the water. I met an African TMI leader. He told me a lot about the life here. A three year old African boy played with me today and looked in my Bible. The smell here is weird and different but I got used to it.
Madeline: Africa reminded me of Central America, however, the people here are a lot different. They seem more curious about our purpose here and more often than not, shocked to find out that we came to share about Jesus. But every person I’ve met, was happy to know we are here to help and wish us good luck. The community seems close, even though we’re in the city. They have the infamous crazy driving and pedestrians everywhere I think we’re the only white people for miles. I had my first African dish of juma juma, which I didn’t care for because it was basically shredded salty spinach, and fried bananas which were very good. I really like this culture of walking places, meeting people on the street, seeing all the ethnic religious outfits and hearing all the different languages. I look forward to meeting the people of bamenda and acquiring relationships with them. This week when we run the boot camp I hope the kids get to know us open up and hopefully many of them will find Christ as there savior . I’m also looking forward to the next four weeks with my amazing team while experiencing Africa and sharing the gospel of Christ.
Caleb: Our team arrived in Cameroon yesterday! I love being back! We are not even at the base yet, but it has been awesome. Everyone is so friendly here, maybe because we’re white, (ha ha ha). I am excited to help the AIDS orphans at the base. Yesterday we were walking and I saw two guys looking through a dumpster for something to eat. I hope we can help people that desperate this summer. For dinne we had, chicken, rice with tomato sauce, plantains, and juma juma (a green vegetable that looks like seaweed). We had a six to seven hour bus drive today to the teen missions base at bamenda. God has really shown himself through answered prayers so far. One of my great team mates (Mikhaela), who lives in Canada, didn’t have her visa yet while we were going n boot camp. We spent time praying for her and four days before we left Florida she joined us! The Cameroonian government had our passports and visas while we were in boot camp. We still did not have them on the last day of boot camp, which is when our leaders informed us. So we started praying. Not ten minutes later our leader walked into the eating site with a bag of passports. Yesterday during travel we got through security with no problem and are now in Cameroon. When we were right outside of Orlando airport about to leave. We could not get the bus through we started praying and about three to five minutes later they let us through. This trip is amazing, and it just started!
Anthony: My first interpretation of Africa is having strep throat, having coke with natural sugars, being treated like I’m famous, having pollutes the air, having a tv on the plane, not being able to sleep,eating Jamau Jamau (like spinach, but better),having to purify water,sleeping in beds, ignoring traffic laws, people honking because it’s fun,stuffing 18 people into a small bus/van, people carrying anything on their heads, not being able to rinse my tooth brush with tap water, swimming in a dirty pool that is 9 ft deep, having marmalade on bread, eating a really spicy sauce, eating egg white.
Luke: My first impressions on Africa are that it’s nicer than I thought here at the hotel, in the city. I can’t wait to see what it’s like on the field, and how the kids are, and see the difference of how we live compared to them.