Furlough…Ready or not Here We Come!

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Preparing to jump through the wardrobe

From one world

And One way of life….To another

Yep it is that time again.  We are heading back to Portland in July.  Our first term we felt like it took forever until our furlough came, but this time around we can’t believe that it is already here.  We look forward to stepping through the wardrobe into our other world, but we aren’t as in need of rest and healing as we were the last time we ...

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The View From There: Southern Senegal and Guinea

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Just a few more good picture Joel got for me to share with you

Got to love how people travel here

One way or another it will all fit

Fishing boat

Seeds

Pineapple

The daily chore in most villages

Bread making

Bricks for building

But the best part is always the people

Because that is why we are here

So that no matter what language people speak

Or where they live

They all might have a chance to hear

Just a little glimpse of some of the sites we saw

Until the next trip…

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A Marathon Trip

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This past month marked one of the longest trips that Joel has ever taken.  What started out as 2 separate trips ended up being combined into one marathon trip.  He participated in this trip along with another couple from our leadership team.  During the trip they connected with 8 separate teams.  I was worried about the trip as it is easy to get worn down from travel and consecutive meetings, but God was really looking out for them.  They were ...
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God Knew

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30 years ago, I was an uncoordinated child who just loved to dance.  My grandmother took pity on me and decided to pay for dance lessons.  Little did she know those lessons would only be the beginning.  6 years later at the beginning of high school I joined the dance team.  It just happened that this dance team did something unique – our amazing coach allowed the seniors to actually choreograph the routines.  Not only did this give me first ...
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Wolof Studies

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The Mountain of Wolof

And our LONG journey to climb it

We started Wolof studies over 3 years ago.  When we started out we had just begun ministry so we were able to go at our language study with full force.

We began our studies pushing hard like we were on a motorcycle and making good time.

Then our chain broke stopping us in our tracks

Pretty quickly ministry responsibilities started in full swing cutting down our time in Wolof significantly.  We dropped down to ...

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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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