On The Road Again

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Our break from travel was much needed.  We really had a lot that we needed to get caught in on life and ministry in general.  It also gave us a chance to recharge.  Mostly it was also good for the boys have to have us both here for a long stretch of time.  However as of last week our break is over.  Joel as I write is driving on a terrible road in Guinea to meet with some of our ...

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Come Clothing Shopping with Me

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Last Monday I went fabric shopping with Joel’s mom and as I was doing that I thought it might be a fun post to share a little of what getting clothes here is like.

First of all clothing is very important here.  It is not just important for your own image as it is in the states, but what you wear communicates how much you honor the people or event you are attending.  So it can actually cause great offense to ...

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Two Coins

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The story in the gospel of the widow with her 2 coins has started to come alive to me recently as I have traveled around visiting some of our families.  One of my favorite parts of my ministry and talking with missionary moms.  There are a lot of challenges that missionary moms face.  Sure there is a lot carried by missionary dads as well, but I just have a soft spot for those moms.  One of the challenges for missionary ...

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Ethan Turns 10

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We have reached double digits!  Ethan has grown in amazing ways this year.  He has really gotten to a place where he reads scripture and can start applying it to his life and to where I can see him making his faith his own.  He is our game strategist and avid audio book listener.  This past year his highlights were the visit from his cousins and our trip to Tanzania.  This next year he is looking forward to our furlough ...
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Getting A Driver’s License

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Should be simple right?  Now I know DMV’s worldwide are not known for their efficiency, so let’s build in some cushion time for extra long waits and so on.  We are also in a country where any paperwork takes time, so we will add in a cushion for that.  Well over six months later we finally walk out with our licenses.

Our adventure began with paperwork, proof of health and our address and so on, each needing to be gotten from ...

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The View From There – Tanzania

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The easiest way to get around there

How many crates can you fit on a moto?

So much yummy fruit!

Gathering fire wood

Where the real wood is found

A treasure the boys found

Local store for all your daily needs

Wood worker

Leaving the big city

So many beautiful plants

Sugar cane – Joel was so excited!

Our cabin in the woods

Tadpole hunting

We went on a night time chameleon hunt

The boys had a blast

We also found frogs

Snakes

And sleeping birds

A highlight was our hike to a waterfall

It was amazing and yes ...

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Our Trip To Tanzania

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Our trip to Tanzania was a gift from God.  The leadership in Tanzania had approached us about coming about 6 months ago.  They asked us to come and help them look at the program they have set up for integration – a program we call e2.  They have 4 new families arriving soon and wanted to see how they could improve what they have going.  When they first asked us our response was, “Are you sure?”.  We were willing to ...
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What God Has Done

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Looking back I feel like Christmas Day for us was a good reminder of all that God has done for us.  As we look ahead to the next year, I wanted to take some time to write down some of the ways God has been at work.

The day started off with meal preparations for all our neighbors.   Since we get meals on all other religious holidays from our neighbors we wanted to return the favor on our holidays.  So ...

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It’s Christmas Time

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Because of our travels Christmas really crept up on us this year (posts from our trip to Tanzania will come, but just a little later).  We arrived back to Senegal on the 23rd late in the evening.  However this year was an important year for us as it was the first time since Joel’s parents had moved here that we would actually be together on Christmas.

Christmas starts for us on Christmas Eve with a big celebration at our church.  We ...

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And Were Off Again…

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After only 2 weeks back home, it is time to leave again

After only 2 weeks back home, it is time to leave again

We leave in a few days on our next trip.  This trip will be taking us down to Tanzania.  The team down there is wanting to look at their program for helping missionaries adapt and enter into life in Tanzania.  We are going down to provide some outsider’s perspective and to share a little for our experience with the same type of program.  When we went to get tickets ...

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