The typical Cameroonian has little material wealth. Most farm and depend on the little income they get at market from their farmed goods for subsistence.
Judged by their homes and outward appearances, Cameroonians appear impoverished. But spiritually, riches abound. They take great pride in their labors and farms. What they have was eagerly shared with us. Our lunches came straight from their fields. After a day of farming, they came to sing and dance with us to lift OUR spirits. On the last day we were in Lassin, to express their thanks, they gave us more food than we could carry on our car and van. We were outfitted with shirts and dresses out of fine cloth. These are the same people who may not have EVER purchased anything beyond food and material required for the farm.
Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on." (Mark 12:43-44)
Lest you think I came back and gave away all of our possession and took to wearing sackcloth and eating locusts and honey.... Don't worry. My appetite is still plenty healthy for much more. What I did bring back, however, is a more acute sense of what's important. Like any gift from God, riches can be a blessing. We're not called to be poor, but we are warned to not cling to material wealth.
- Matt 6:19-21: Store treasures in heaven
- Matt 13:22: Parable of the Seeds, "fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it"
- 1 Tim 6:9-10: "love of money is the root of all kinds of evil" is well known