Mbingo Baptist Hospital: view from Mbingo Hill

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


This first week at Mbingo has been a week of many firsts for the Young family.

- The day before we left, Cathen first babbled: “dah, dah, dah.”
- Our arrival to Mbingo was an abrupt first introduction to Cameroonian culture and hospitality. The people are gregarious, kind, and genuinely welcoming
- On Sunday, we experienced our first Cameroonian church service
- Cathen’s first sleeping with a mosquito net

- Our first mouse kill
- Cathen’s first guitar lesson

- Cathen's first bath in Cameroon

- Our first introduction to local food: fufu and njama-njama

It has been a busy week, and a week of many new sights, smells, faces and words.  Parenting has been difficult. Cathen, although not yet crawling, still manages to get her hands into everything, and it is a challenge both to appropriately monitor what she gets into her mouth, and to relax and let her grow. We have had our first arguments in Cameroon, our first experiences of forgiveness, and our first time as a family to sit together and give praise for our blessed life here at Mbingo. Thank you again for your well wishes, prayers, and support.

Next week: our first days serving as Pediatricians at Mbingo Baptist Hospital!

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