Chimpazee Video

23 08 2009

I’ve been trying to upload this video for awhile, it’s a bit larger than most of the ones I’ve posted, so it has often  stalled while loading. These chimps are at the Drill Ranch we visited this summer in SE Nigeria. It was fun to watch them, but you needed to stay well back from the fence so you wouldn’t get hit by things they tend to throw at visitors. We dodged the coconut husk that came our way, and fortunately they didn’t throw anything else (or worse)!


August 10

9 08 2009

School is back in session and we are busy!  Planning for classes is a lot of work…I can’t imagine what the load is like for all of you full time teachers.  I have kids in my Grade 9 Health and Yearbook classes from Lebanon, India, Korea, England and of course, Nigeria and the U.S.  The kids are unique, challenging and fun all at the same time.

After reading a friends blog, I thought I would try to follow her example and share more of our thoughts and feelings…We have been more focused on all of our experiences.   Some days I wake up and think am I really in Nigeria?  What am I doing here?  Most days I thank God for the privilege of serving here.  I worry that I am not ‘doing’ enough, but if I have my prayer time with the Lord, He gives me the peace and confidence that if I abide in Him, He will work through me…often in ways I won’t see.

We had the inevitable driving experience we were told would happen.  An echaba (motorcycle) rear-ended our van (in spite of our early turn signal, brake lights and slowing down) and went down on the pavement.  He ended up w/ only minor injuries, and was picked up and transported by another echaba (!) to be checked out.  It does not matter who is at fault, even if alcohol is involved (which was likely) —  We are baturi (white), have a car and more money, so we pay.   We didn’t have to pay a lot, and thankfully he was not severely injured, but it shook us up a bit. Driving here continues to be a stress and challenge.  We ask for prayer for safety!

There has been some violence and ugly incidences over the past 2-3 weeks in the states north of us, which you may have seen/heard about in the news.  We don’t feel in danger, but it is hard to hear and I can’t deny that worry crops up.  I want to shield my children from hearing about it, but its all out in the open here and kids are not shielded at all.  So instead we pray about it and teach them that we are trusting in God…maybe that is just what He wants us to do.

Pix August 10

9 08 2009

Some new pix and some left over from our road trip to SE Nigeria in July.