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14 06 2009

A few months ago we signed up to be foster parents through Spring of Life for newborn babies needing short term care until they find a Nigerian home for them.  A few days ago we received a call asking if we were ready to take in a baby about to be born.   We were excited, although Gary and I did this in the states and know how quickly circumstances can change. The unwed birth mom ended up wanting to keep the baby (very hard to do in this culture). So, we had very disappointed girls!  I was surprised how excited they were to do this.  It became an opportunity to teach them God’s will isn’t necessarily what we want and that this lucky baby went from unwanted to wanted.   They are hoping we may have an opportunity to foster another time.

‘Another time’ came quickly as we babysat another family’s foster baby for 5 days.  Aisha is 3&1/2 months old and kept us busy.  Middle of the night wake ups were a jolt of reality.  It was great to have five of us to take care of her.  How did we do it with only two of us?  We were younger!

Recently as I introduced our girls to a Nigerian woman she greeted them warmly, then said to me “Well, you tried hard.”   She wasn’t trying to be mean or condescending, just a cultural comment reflecting the desire and pressure to have boys.   I am still laughing.

Last Sunday morning we took a fun road trip with 3 other mission families. Our guides both grew up here in Nigeria, attending both Kent Academy out in Miango, and graduating from Hillcrest School. They have been back in Nigeria with SIM for the past 10+ years; Jay has been coaching and Heidi teaching health classes here at Hillcrest, so they know the area well and have LOTS of fun stories to tell! The road trip took us on a scenic loop past Miango, where Miango Rest Home (MRH) and Kent Academy are located.  The other 2 families have both recently arrived , so we will now be able to return to the areas out by Miango to enjoy hiking, picnicking and berry picking together over the summer break. We really enjoyed seeing the Miango area again, showing the girls the places we had visited last year when we traveled with the Camano Chapel short term mission team, and seeing the beauty of the area during the wet season, when everything is green and the waterfalls are flowing more (the flip flops are still there in the pool below the falls, though!).

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15 06 2009
Clem family

Hi again! So good to see you and talk to you today on skype. Almost felt like you were here at study, everybody enjoyed it so much. 🙂 love, J.




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