Back to the Not So Familiar


For the first time in years my adventures will take me back to a very familiar place, a place that is very dear to my heart. Back home, back to the east coast.

But lets not get ahead of our selves. As some of you know I’m currently staffing School of Worship (SOW) here in Kona Hawaii. I went through the school last year and it was such an amazing experience I decided to join staff! I have really loved sitting in class and hearing old things and new things. It’s also really been a time of disciplining myself when it comes to my time, my spiritual life, and even my health. It’s definitely had it’s challenges but the rewards far outweigh them.

My fellow SOW staff and close friend, Alicia, will be co-leading an outreach with me to Lynden Washington and Washington D.C. starting in January. We have a team of 4 amazing students and I’m so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us. While In Lynden we will be partnering with the local YWAM base and the music collective, Mountain Top, where we will be participating in a regional mobilization tour. The purpose of the tour is to bring awareness to what YWAM is doing in the region and help unify churches in the local area. We will be in Lynden for a month and from Lynden we head straight to D.C.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 09.46.34

While in D.C. we will be working with David’s Tent. David’s Tent is a gathering on the grounds of The National Mall of America to publicly worship Jesus for a full year. Their desire is to make a statement to our generation that Jesus is Lord and should be enthroned in every level of our lives and the nation. While in D.C. we will be partnering with their ministry and joining them in worship. None of us have ever done anything like this on outreach and we are so very excited to see what God has in store for us

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I’m still praying about what my next steps will be but for now I’m planning on moving back to Richmond and visiting with friends, family, and supporters. I would love to visit each and every one of you before I leave for Hawaii again in September.

I’m in need of $1,500 in order to cover flights, and outreach fees. I will be praying, support raising, and saving money for this outreach. God is faithful to provide; he has and he will. Thank you all for your prayers and support!

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Discipline is not a Bad Thing

” For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

When I said yes to staffing School of Worship (SOW) I don’t quite think I knew exactly what I was saying yes to. Since staff training ended and the school began I realized with my various responsibilities that I didn’t just say yes to staffing a school; but I said yes to discipline. With my various responsibilities I realized that I could no longer be flaky, waking up 30 minutes before I had to be somewhere was no longer an option. Staying up till early morning hours and not getting enough sleep is not going to cut it Now I have to force myself to wake up early, spend some time with the Lord and prepare for my day. Because I’m only working on weekends I have to discipline myself in the area of finaces and start support raising. I’ve even decided to start working out every evening, eating healthier, and taking better care of my body inside and out.

Now all of this isn’t just due to staffing SOW but being on such a busy schedule has helped me organize my time and prioritize a lot better. Of course it sucks (especially the working out bit) but I’ve realized that it’s worth it. Even though I wake up early I feel refreshed, my body feels healthier, and I’m not scrambling around doing things I put on the back burner. During these past couple weeks I’ve realized that discipline is fun, it’s refreshing, and it’s worth it.

A Month Full of Laughs, Family, and Good Food

On July 2nd I left the heat and humidity of Kona for a 4 day sejour in Pasadena, California. It was a beautiful time, not only was I able to meet up with old friends but I quite frankly fell in love with California.

Well before the sun had risen Bou and I set out to the airport to begin our 24hr journey to Yaounde Cameroon. As we got off the plane the smell of Africa greeted me, I don’t know how else to describe the smell except it smells like home, it smells comforting.

Unfortunately it was more of a work-cation than a vacation, I didn’t get to see as much of my family and as much of Cameroon as I would like to but I still enjoyed my time there. One of my cousins lived with us the entire time and others came to visit us for days at a time. It was such a precious and fun loving time. Seeing family after 13 years was so refreshing, but it also caused me to realize how little I know my family and my country.

One of my biggest highlights was getting to see my grandma after 20 years, it was so nice being able to re-connect after such a long time. It was also nice to be able to see someone who for years my only interaction with her had been over the phone.

This trip however really caused me to realize that I really need to get in touch with my roots. A good portion of my family are strangers to me, they all know me by name yet most of them I don’t even know their names. I met cousins that were either born after I left or just hadn’t gotten to meet last time I was in Cameroon. It’s a sad reality but it’s also a real motivator. I really desire to go back to Cameroon for an extended time to get to know my family, my roots, and even myself. I really feel that my life, and my destiny is wrapped up in my roots; I can’t fully know who I am until I know where I came from.

All in all my trip to Cameroon was amazing and I dreaded leaving. Even now I wish I was back in Cameroon. Thank you for your prayers and support, I can happily say that the trip was a success.

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

These past months have been filled with many ups and downs. I’ve really enjoyed being part of the worship collective here at YWAM Kona as well as working as a barista in town. But this past month working as much as I do has truly taken its toll. Lately I’ve been in a constant state of tiredness and I’ve realized that I really need a break from it all. Which is why I am very excited about going to California and in turn Cameroon and getting some much needed rest.

The biggest thing I’ve been struggling with lately is feeling as though in everything I’m doing I have yet to accomplish anything. I see this looming goal in front of me and no matter how hard I try I can’t reach it. Of course this has partly to do with raising funds to go to Africa in two weeks but I feel stagnant. It’s as though I haven’t gone anywhere or done anything. All this I know isn’t true but sometimes it’s hard to separate truths from lies especially when the lies are screaming in your face.

Comparison is the thief of joy, I’ve realized this, I’m constantly comparing my life, my gifts, my accomplishments to someone else’s I end up in a not so good place. So many times I find myself doing this and each time I repent and ask the Lord to help me. I find myself in a constant battle between the Spirit and my flesh. These times are always the hardest but the breakthrough is always so sweet.

It’s in theses times that I lean into God the most, give him my everything and he reveals his faithfulness and goodness. The Lord is so kind to reveal and help me root out these lies and every time I see more of him. I experience his presence on a whole new level and it’s so sweet. It’s in this place of vulnerability that I catch sight of Gods lovingkindness. God is good and no matter what will always be good, he is for me and he loves me.

Help Send the Zintseme Family to Cameroon!

Dear friends and family, I am so happy to inform you that this summer my entire family will be going back to Cameroon this summer! It’ll be a time of reconnecting, relaxing, but also working towards a purpose. I am so excited to go back especially because this will be my first time back since 2002.

My mother, who has been studying early childhood education here in Kona Hawaii since 2012, will be doing a workshop as well as pioneering a school in a town outside of Yaounde that doesn’t have a school. She’s very excited because this is what she’s been studying for and working towards and this is also something that’s been on he heart for years. Of course this is a family affair and we all will be sharing the load and helping in some capacity.

While we will be there one of my cousins will be getting married and we also will be helping during the wedding! There will be work but there will also be celebration!

For the plane tickets we need to raise about $12,000. Bou and I have both gotten jobs and we plan on saving up the money we earn in order to help with some of the ground cost.

$12,00 is a daunting number but we as a family have seen the Lord provide countless times and we’re trusting he will provide again. If you would like to donate please contact me at b.zintseme@gmail.com and I will give you the donation information. All donations are tax deductible and every little bit counts. Thank you for your prayers and your support, God bless

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Photography, Music, Voyages, and Weddings

It is often said life is a book and you’re the author. I have found that I’m not the only author of my book but I’ve stepped aside and allowed God to co-write this book with me.

One chapter has come  to an end the next chapter is beginning, I’ve graduated from School of Photographic Communication (SoPC) and I’m back to staffing; this time with School of Worship (SOW). I learned so much during the past 3 months about photography and in a sense my eye is sharper. I see things I didn’t necessarily see before and I see in a completely different way, as though I’m seeing the world though new lenses.

Until SOW starts in October I’ll be on staff helping out in the prayer room, Ohana Court (which is where we gather on Mondays and Thursdays), and helping with sound as well. I will also continue to grow in my musical skills, as staff we will be offered music theory classes as well as piano and guitar classes. Just because I’m staff doesn’t mean my learning streak has to stop. It will also be more of a family community and we’ll be meeting a few times a week for family group and community teachings.

One of the things that I’ve realized lately is that I’m not a photographer that happens to be a musician, or a musician that happens to be a photographer. The two are not mutually exclusive, I cannot split myself in two. I’m a photographer that is a musician and a musician that is a photographer. One of the things I really want to challenge myself in is how to hone my skills without neglecting the other. I want to be an excellent musician and an excellent photographer because I feel God has called me to both. I don’t exactly know how it’s going to look but the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together slowly, and if I discipline myself I can do even more than I think I’m capable of.

In late June or early July I will be hopping on a plane and making a few big voyages across the sea. One of my dear friends is getting married in Pasadena California and I have the honor of being one of her bridesmaids! I’m so very excited and as the day dawns closer it becomes more real. Soon after the wedding I’ll be hopping on another plane and making an even longer journey back home to Cameroon and attending yet another wedding. For the first time since 2012 the entire  Zintseme family will be in Cameroon, and I’ve already gotten messages from family who are very excited to see me.

For the past 6 months my life has been a series of exciting chapters and the excitement has yet to end. I just want to say a big thank you to those who have continually supported and prayed for me. It’s been an encouragement to see just how many people believe in me to. As my journey continues I would still greatly appreciate your support and prayers and I also hope to be an encouragement to you.

If you would like to support me or even if you want prayer for something you can contact me via Facebook, or my email. If you would like more information about what I’m doing feel free to ask.Thank you again!

Journey & Vision

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An adventure is an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risk. Adventures can be daunting but usually once we go we have amazing stories we can share with others. If you had told me 3 years ago that I would be a missionary with YWAM (Youth With a Mission*) in Kailua-Kona Hawaii I wouldn’t have believed you. Yet here I am and this is all because I dared to say yes to God. I’ve been able to go places, and do things that I wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to do.

Since moving to Hawaii I’ve worked and volunteered as a nanny, staffed a Discipleship Training School, lead a team to Uganda, done School of Worship, and School of Photographic Communication. All these experiences have been amazing, I’ve grown  in my musicianship, my photography, and even the other arts I’m passionate about. I’ve met so many amazing people and heard some unbelievable stories.

In 2013 I was driving and praying about what my next step should be, in all honesty I really wanted to leave Hawaii. I wanted to go somewhere else, mostly I wanted to run away from the hardships I was going through; in my mind running away meant no more problems. As we all know that’s not the case. God really challenged me to stay even though I didn’t want to. It has hard but I am so glad I did.

Starting in April I will be joining School of Worship staff and working along them for the foreseeable future. I am so excited! During the school my heart for worship and God’s word really came alive and I also grew in my knowledge and skill as a musician. It’s my desire to continue growing in worship as well as lead others on their journey to worship.

My calling isn’t to a specific nation, people, or age group; my calling is to the nations. Through my talents and gifts I’ll be able to go to the nations; to train up others and help  them cultivate their gifts and talents.

Now what exactly does that look like? I have been gifted in the area of the arts (media, music, photography etc.) for a particular purpose. I’m not to sure what exactly that’ll look like but I know that taking small steps will lead me there. For the next year or so I’ll be training up others to follow their dreams and start their own adventures; this is also part of my adventure.

Going into this next adventure my hope is to get long term supporters. People who will run with me and take risks with me. Whether that be financially or through  prayers. Even if you’re not able to give monthly a one time donation is also helpful. One of the things we all long for when adventuring is someone to adventure with, or even people to share the stories with. Would you consider going on this adventure with me?

Contact:

Email: b.zintseme@gmail.com

Address: 75-5851 Kuakini Hwy #393 Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

   *YWAM is a non-profit organization and every volunteer raises support.