Love Beyond Your Neighborhood with these Nonprofits

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If your friend didn’t have any food, would you feed him? If your mother didn’t have shoes, would you give her a pair? If your co-worker was no good at their job, would you help him out? If your child didn’t have access to education, would you help build a school? I would guess that your answers to these questions are all the same: an enthusiastic “yes, of course!” Jesus calls us to love everyone. We’re very good at loving the people in our lives, and there’s nothing wrong with that. God’s heart is filled with joy when he sees … Continue reading

My Favorite Places in Cameroon

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As I have been working with the Life Abundant Program in Cameroon this past month, I have had the opportunity to visit many different villages, go many different places, and do so many different things. The entire country of Cameroon is so beautiful and no matter where you are, there are breathtaking views and incredible people all around you. So far during my time here, I have not been to a single place I would not want to return to. Although it is hard to choose my favorite places because I have loved everywhere I have been, these places have … Continue reading

A Typical Day Working at a Primary Health Center in Cameroon

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As the roosters crow to wake me up just as the sun is beginning to rise, I roll out from under my mosquito net and pull on my skirt and flip-flops. I gather my towel and soap, then go outside to greet the Primary Healthcare Center workers and the field supervisor. One of the healthcare workers has prepared a bucket of water for me, which I take to the bathhouse (a small hut made from palm branches about 4 feet tall) for my morning bath. After my bath, I brush my teeth, making sure to use only bottled water, and … Continue reading

Why Live a Life Blatantly on Fire for Christ?

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So far, this summer has been filled with new experiences. Living on my own and working 40+ hours a week has me feeling like quite the adult. Honestly, I feel like a little kid playing dress up in my mom’s shoes. It’s hard to imagine being able to take one step, but I find myself stumbling along. However, instead of people putting their hands on their knees and telling me how cute I am, they give me responsibility, correct my mistakes, and ask for my opinion on big decisions. The most interesting thing about living on my own away from … Continue reading

My Greatest Experiences in Cameroon

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Being in Cameroon this summer has been an incredible, eye-opening, growing experience and it can be hard to put into words all that I have experienced. I have had the opportunity to travel around the Northwest region of Cameroon to many different villages. Each of these villages has a health center run by the Life Abundant Program with trained health workers from the program. These health workers are trained in midwifery and to diagnose and treat common illnesses in the region. The work can be difficult due to lack of supplies and basic necessities, but it really has been incredible … Continue reading

Don’t Miss it ’till it’s Gone

This weekend, I had the opportunity to be the returning worship leader at my home church’s youth beach retreat. This was a retreat I had been on as a high school student, and last year as a worship leader. I was excited to be invited back, but even more excited to work with the speaker– my brother, Patrick. Patrick and I grew up in this youth group together and have even gone on this same retreat together. It was so cool to work alongside my brother this weekend and experience this awesome retreat in a totally different way. Instead of staying … Continue reading

10 Things I’ve Seen in Cameroon you won’t find in the US

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I am on summer break from Nyack College and loving every minute of being in Cameroon.  You won’t be shocked to hear tha it does have many differences from the U.S.  Every day I am eating new foods, exploring new things, and embarking on bigger and bigger adventures.  It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.  Hopefully this will give you just a little glimpse of all the interesting and different things I am seeing and doing here in Cameroon.  Here’s some pictures of things found in Cameroon that you won’t find in the U.S. 1. A hanging bridge that … Continue reading

Nursing Experiences in Rural Villages in Cameroon

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After only a few days in Banso, Cameroon, I was finally able to take a trip to some of the rural villages where Primary Healthcare Centers are located. At each of these Primary Healthcare Centers, Promoters and ComCHAs are trained to learn to diagnosis and treat basic illnesses common to the area, as well as to perform health education, screening, and prenatal care. I was able to travel with a Nurse Field Supervisor to three different villages over an eight day period. The first village I visited was called Kitfumen, and was about a two hour ride away from where … Continue reading

5 Adventures for the Summer No Matter Where You Are

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It’s finally summer and time for a break from the never-ending tests, papers, and school work. Although summer is a great time to get a job and make some money, it’s also the time to relax and have some fun. But, after you’ve had a week to lay in bed all day, you’re ready for something exciting and memorable. Here’s some fun things you can do no matter what part of the country you are in this summer. Sunrise hike-Yes, it requires getting up early, but it is worth it to get some fresh air and see a gorgeous view. … Continue reading

The Blessing of Not Knowing

Imagine, for a moment, what it must have been like to be one of the first humans on earth. The God of the universe saw it fit to create you, give you everything you ever needed, and take walks with you in a beautiful garden. You exist perfectly and confidently in who you are. You don’t know what it’s like to feel shame. You have all you could ever need both physically and spiritually, without a need to look elsewhere for anything. Then, all of a sudden, everything you know changes completely. Suddenly, you make a choice that completely alters … Continue reading

Serving and Volunteering in Cameroon as a Nursing Student

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As I took a walk down the dark red dirt roads this afternoon, I thought about the journey it took to get me here, in Banso, Cameroon. First, a 7 hour flight from Boston to Paris. Then, a 2 hour layover, 60 minute delay, shuttle bus to a new plane because the one we were supposed to fly on broke down, another hour wait on the plane, and finally takeoff for a 5 hour flight to Douala, Cameroon. After getting through customs and security in Douala, there was finally a time to rest at a guest house for the night. … Continue reading

6 Tips to Help you get through Finals Week

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With finals this week it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the studying, papers, and projects that need to be done before you can officially say you are on summer break. Even though the semester will be over in less than 7 days, it feels as though there is a month’s worth of work standing between you and handing in that final exam. Although these next few days will be stressful and a lot of work, here are some things that can help you make it through: Find a quiet place to study= Whether it be the library, Starbucks, … Continue reading

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