February 14-20

21 02 2009

Isn’t Skype amazing?  It is awesome to be so far away, yet feel close to home when we can talk to you personally!  It was very fun seeing the congregation.  After our five minutes of chatting, we watched the remainder of the worship songs and some of Kris’ message.  Little doses of home are really great as we continue to adjust to Nigeria. Let us know if you have a Skype account and want to visit online sometime.

Although we have many freedoms here, we also have to be very careful in how we act, how we treat our government officials and police, where we can use a camera, and strict observance of a city wide curfew.  There is an article in Christianity Today regarding missionaries in Gambia who are imprisoned because of the words they used in an email.  For more information, go to:  www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/march/8.14.html

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Pix February 14-20

21 02 2009






Small blessings

21 02 2009

Sometimes it’s easy to miss all the small blessings that God places in our lives every day, but this last week have definitely been enjoying the seemingly small blessing of 110v power in our house. While this may sound like no big deal, power issues here are a challenge! So far we have burned up a hot water pot, had a 200w light bulb explode (fortunately no one was near!), have melted (and replaced) the wiring for a 220-110v step-down transformer twice, and are down to one small fluorescent light in our kitchen that sometimes needs some coaxing to come on, and will often flicker off unexpectedly.  And even when the power is on, there are frequent flickers, surges, and power level changes that are very hard on all things electrical…that’s just “normal” here!

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Valentine Villa Afternoon Delight

14 02 2009

The Hillcrest School Senior Class hosted the Valentine Villa Afternoon Delight this afternoon, complete w/ decorations, tablecloths, a pianist, and some delicious food! We enjoyed choices of  a beverage (fruity slushy, punch w/ fruit, or frappacino made w/ donated Starbuck’s Coffee!),two lunch items (pizza roll, hot dog, spring roll, caesar salad), and a  dessert (Valentine’s cake, ice cream sundae, banana split, French silk pie), all delivered to your table by one of the senior class students, dressed up and looking very sharp. All of the food was wonderful…especially the REAL ice cream, which is very much a treat here! When we arrived from our long journey (the 5 minute walk across campus!), we had the pleasure of seeing Dave and Gretchen Peterson walk up behind us in as we waited for our table. They are a couple from Edmonds who are now teaching at Rafiki Orphanage, between Jos and Miango. When the NMT visitied Rafiki last year, we discovered that Dave had been an architect in Edmonds, and had done design work for Camano Chapel, and for the two new elementary schools on Camano Island (Elger Bay and Utsalady). Dave and Gretchen visited Camano Chapel last summer when they were home on furlough, so they knew we were returning and were hoping to find us at this afternoon’s event, since the email addres they left with us last summer was incorrect. We invited them to join us at our table and spent a very pleasant afternoon under the shade of the mango trees, enjoying music, food and fellowship!





February 7-13

13 02 2009

The girls went to a fun swimming birthday party last weekend! The pool was at a Western-like hotel. It was odd walking into this upscale hotel in the midst of a poor city. They still have the trouble of keeping the pool filled and the water clean. It was fun watching the kids enjoy the freezing cold water. Nigerian kids are unfamiliar with swimming, so they were a bit scared and awkward in the water. They really don’t like getting their face wet. It was a good time.

Dust, extreme dry weather for 6 months, then extreme humid weather, power surges and other electricity issues are all very hard on our ‘stuff’. It forces us to make our possessions unimportant because things break down easily! Wood expands and contracts causing warps in drawers, cupboards, and closets so the doors don’t open and close nicely or at all. Since our last blog comment on electrical problems, we have had a few of our own. Our kitchen is down to one small light. Something is wrong with the wiring in the other lights. Our one ceiling fan is stuck on low speed. The portable fan we borrowed had spinning problems…and the weather is beginning to heat up as the rainy season approaches. We had a light explode, a transformer spark, and various outlets sporadically work. We are not complaining, just sharing…we laugh as we realize how our list of things needing to be fixed or replaced grows fast; how we adjust to not really needing any of them; or figure out to fix them ourselves.

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Pix 7-13 February

13 02 2009




Pix 1-6 February

7 02 2009