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Meet Field Team Member - Kerry

February 18, 2015

Since Kerry was 17 years old, God had been calling her to be involved in serving 'unreached' people. As a teen she responded to His call to serve in places where people had not heard the Good News. "God confirmed to me that he would never leave me and always equip me," shared Kerry. Since God's clear calling, Kerry has never looked back. It took Kerry ten years to get to Cameroon. Kerry was able to gain life experience, to learn a profession and had time to grow in her relationship with God before leaving the UK. In 1996 Kerry knew it was finally time to go to another culture, but still wasn't sure what God wanted her to do, or where or with whom serve. Kerry prayed, asked advice from church leaders and started to research the possibilities with many different mission organizations. Nothing seemed to be right. Kerry said, "I just didn't have peace about any of the organizations or projects that I found. Then my mother saw the post of physiotherapist with MCWA, advertised at a conference and she told me about it." Kerry was interested because it was a new project, with the aim of reaching out to an unreached people group and also included physiotherapy! Kerry got the map out to find out where Cameroon was, researched the target people group and contacted MCWA via Pioneers in the UK. In January 1998, Kerry arrived in Cameroon with MCWA to help set up the PT department. It was a much bigger task than she had imagined but step by step Kerry and the team got to where they wanted to be. By the end of 1998 Zebai, a Cameroonian nurse, and Kerry were treating patients! PT does not really exist in Cameroon, so it was a new thing for the nurses, the doctors and the patients. People had no expectations at all, so everything that was achieved for the patient was seen as a mini miracle in their eyes!

Kerry

Half way through 1998, Kerry moved off the hospital compound into a house in the village. This is when Kerry began to build relationships with her specific people group. Kerry began to learn their language and started to understand the great need for people to know Jesus. She saw for the first time how difficult it can be to share Jesus with the unreached. God revealed to Kerry that if the specific people group were ever going to come to know Jesus then she needed to give them a lot of time, with lots of love and lots of patience. "This was when God told me that he wanted me to be here for the long haul, not just for a few months," Kerry explained.

So, Kerry went back to the UK, with the support of her family and church, to prepare for long term work in Cameroon. She went to Bible school for a year, then to France to learn French, and in November 2000 Kerry was finally back to the hospital. When sharing about her work with MCWA, Kerry said, "To think that God chose me to be a part of his work among the unreached, in this corner of the world still amazes me. To me, there is no greater joy or privilege than seeing a life transformed by Jesus, and my eyes have seen this right here in the dust, the heat, the poverty and often 'hopeless' situations. I can hardly put into words what it feels like to be the first person ever to tell someone about our wonderful Jesus."

Women's Ministry with Kerry and Charis

In 2013, Kerry was able leave the PT work in Zebai's capable hands and moved to the nearby town, along with her team colleagues Dave and Patsy. They concentrated on the church planting side of MCWA's work. When Boko Haram increased their activities in the region they were living, the team decided to move away to another part of Cameroon. Kerry and the team are further south and getting accustomed to their new surroundings. The MCWA team spends their days visiting in the neighborhoods, going on research trips to other nearby towns and villages, making new contacts, praying and seeing what God is doing. Kerry shared, "It is a bit strange to be so far away from the medical work but we keep contact with our phones and make occasional visits to the hospital." She does not know how long the team will be in the new village but is grateful for the new opportunities to represent Jesus to the unreached. MCWA is still committed to seeing a vibrant body of Christ emerge and grow among our target people group, wherever they may be found.

"To think that God chose me to be a part of his work among the unreached, in this corner of the world still amazes me. To me, there is no greater joy or privilege than seeing a life transformed by Jesus, and my eyes have seen this right here in the dust, the heat, the poverty and often 'hopeless' situations. I can hardly put into words what it feels like to be the first person ever to tell someone about our wonderful Jesus." - Kerry

- Kerry, MCWA Missionary

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