It’s been a very long time since we posted any blog posts.  Partly due to not knowing what to share.  Today, I (DeAnna) felt nudged to write, maybe just to get things out to process.

Covid has turned all of our worlds and normalcy upside down.  I have a bit of a frame of reference to operate from in this upside down reality.  When we moved to France without knowing any French and needing to purchase groceries and function as adults with not even an infant vocabulary – all normalcy was gone!  When we moved to Cameroon we lost all those things you do automatically without thinking about (like brushing teeth, sleeping under mosquito nets, staying in at night, grocery shopping).  All these new learning curves in daily life drain you!  They are draining physically, emotionally and mentally.  I find I’m in that space now.  When we lived overseas we looked at the US as this place where we could go and everything is there – the stores were stocked to overflowing, restaurants always bustling, unlimited entertainment venues, etc…  things that weren’t part of our lives in Cameroon.

I’ve started to tap into framing our current situation with our life in Cameroon.  We arrived in Cameroon without a frame of reference, without knowing cultural norms, without knowing daily life routines, etc…. and needing to establish all those things in a new norm/new daily routine.  Below are my comparisons.

In Cameroon when returning home from shopping, I needed to soak the produce in a bleach/water mixture, then rinse before eating.  Due to covid, when I return home from shopping, I spray the produce with a vinegar/lemon/water mixture, then rinse before eating.  I’m also wiping all boxes, packages, etc… with bleach wipes.

In Cameroon we would go shopping and it was normal to not find what you saw the last time on the shelf.  Many times you might not see it for months.  Due to covid, many of the items that are normally in stock are not available.

In Cameroon we would stay inside from 6:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. due to malaria transmitting mosquitoes.  Due to covid, we are spending at least 12 hours a day in our home due to potential covid transmission in public.

In Cameroon we really didn’t have school functions to be bouncing to like concerts, competitions, events.  Due to covid, we don’t have any functions.

In Cameroon pretty much everything we made was from scratch.  We didn’t have many conveniences or take out.  Due to covid, I’m back to making pretty much everything from scratch.  It doesn’t bother, as I’m pretty used to it, however, I do appreciate a break every now and then and miss those breaks.

In Cameroon we were completely dependent on Skype, email and phones to communicate with family.  Due to covid, we are dependent on those things to communicate with family.

In Cameroon since Christmas is celebrated differently and it was hot in December, it never felt like Christmas.  Due to covid, it certainly doesn’t feel like Easter.

In Cameroon we missed worshiping at our church in the US.  Due to covid, we miss being able to be in church in person worshiping together.

In Cameroon I constantly had a low lying stress of health issues arising like asthma attacks especially during harmattan, malaria, amoeba, giardia, cholera, boils, strange to me tropical diseases, fungal infections, skin issues.  Due to covid, I’m constantly having a low lying stress of covid, especially with being a mom of an asthmatic.  I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming about these stresses nightly.

In Cameroon there were very few public restrooms one could use and even if you found one, you wouldn’t really want to use it and toilet paper wasn’t readily part of it.  Knowing this I would carry extra tissues with me, hand sanitizer and any other personal item to help in that area.  Due to covid, I find myself not wanting to use facilities away from our home and carrying/using hand sanitizer frequently and wearing a mask & gloves for protection in public.

I could go on, but this is getting long.


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The Bible App turns 10 today!

The Bible App turns 10 today, I thought I would share their celebration video with you!

There is more information on their blog about this celebration.

Also, why not join the mid year challenge and start a reading plan today with YouVersion!

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Over Memorial weekend we were able to visit family in Ohio and Pennsylvania, share our ministry with Swatara and see many people we haven’t seen in years and visit NYC – one of Joshua’s wish list items.

It was a great trip creating many great family memories.  It made me think of the last time David and I were in NYC.  I thought I would share the differences through our pictures.

World Trade Center Site

Streets lined with seekers trying to find loved ones and memorials of lost loved ones.

Tower footprint at the 9/11 Museum & Memorial.

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10 Years!

Today marks ten years in Wycliffe!  It’s also our wedding anniversary.

In some ways it’s hard to believe it’s been ten years and in other ways it’s hard to believe all that has happened in our lives over ten years.

2008 Apply to Wycliffe, complete Wycliffe training, have an awesome partnership team who gives financially to pay our salary and who are committed to pray for us, sell our possessions

2009 move to France, learn French

2010 move to Cameroon, work in Cameroon wearing many different hats

2012 have the ups and downs of injuries; illnesses; accidents

2015 return to USA, go through re-entry stresses

2016 begin roles in the USA with Wycliffe from home

2018 and still going…

We’ll be sharing some posts from the past ten years and intertwining some new posts too throughout this celebration year of one decade in service with Wycliffe.

Thank you for being part of our ministry!

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User Advocate

Customer support of the YouVersion Bible app is not the correct title for what I (David) do to help people engage with the Bible app. I am a user advocate, I want to help people engage with the Bible in a language they can understand I want to share the challenges that many around the world have with being able to access it. I want those on my team to have a passion not only for the Word of God but a desire to make it accessible.

I was recently asked the following question:

I search bible in madura language

Are youversion bible haven’t bible in madura language ?

Thank you

May God bless you .

I did a quick search and I saw we do not have the Madura Bible available in the app. Although we have the Bible available in 1188 languages we do not yet have this Madura Bible easily accessible on your smart phone anywhere. Why is this important? There are over 7 million speakers of Madura and less than 0.1 % are professing Christians.

I was able to share the link to the audio Bible that is available from Faith Comes by Hearing and I also sent a link to the Indonesian Bible Society where they can purchase a hard copy of the Bible that was completed in 1994.

Please pray with me for the continued partnerships of Bible Societies around the world as we add additional languages to the YouVersion app. And for the many developers and administrators that are working to overcome some of the various technical challenges of adding languages whose alphabets are not currently available on mobile devices. Pray with me for this user who is searching for the scriptures in Madura. Pray that God will raise up the estimated 150 workers that will be needed to reach the Madura people.

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Bonne Année

Bonne Année (Happy New Year)!  We pray that your 2018 is filled with overflowing blessings.

We decided this year to take a family trip for Christmas rather than purchase more stuff for the boys.  We wrapped clues and they figured it out much faster than we had hoped.  Our destination was San Antonio.  We had been looking forward to warmer weather, the forecast before leaving was mid-50’s, however, it didn’t get above 42 degrees.  We had fun regardless of the cooler conditions.  We had a couple of stops along the way.  Our first stop was to stay with and visit some great friends who always make us laugh.

We were playing a game called Watch Ya Mouth – guaranteed laughter!

Our next stop was my Christmas present.  I love the show Fixer Upper!  This is a happy place!

We had a great “unplugged” time in San Antonio taking in all the sights, sounds and wonderful tastes.

Happy New Year from our family to yours.

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Advent Week Four

We are on the last week of Advent – peace.  “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  And the government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)

Merry Christmas from the Anderson Family!


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Advent Week Three

This week’s Advent theme is Light.  Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  Genesis 1:3



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Grocery Grab

Jonah sold raffle tickets as a fundraiser for his Choir group for a chance to be drawn for a five minute grocery grab or one of four $100 gift cards.  I was called on December 2nd saying that I was a finalist to either win the grocery grab or gift card and needed to be at our local Cosentino’s Price Chopper at 7:30 a.m. on December 9th.  I was excited that I would either win a gift card or the grocery grab.  I was expecting a gift card and was excited about it.

Saturday David, Jonah, Denise (my sister) and I (Joshua was still sleeping) were at the store by 7:30 a.m.  They drew the fifth place winner, then fourth, third and my name still wasn’t drawn so it was down to me and one other person.  Then her name was drawn next making me the grand prize winner.

I was given three minutes to run through the main aisles of the store to grab as much as possible, one minute for the meat department and one minute for the health & beauty section (some exceptions applied – no gift cards, batteries, alcohol, tobacco, razors).  I felt like I was on a TV show.

Here’s the video David taped of the Grocery Grab.

It was so much fun and was on an adrenaline rush for most of the day.  Below are pictures of the grand total and the full carts – I still can’t believe it!

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Advent Week Two

The theme for this week is Joy and Hope.  “The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are clear giving insight to life.” Psalm 19:8 (NLT)

“What is faith?  It’s the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.  It’s the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

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