2 Mar 2010

2 03 2010

The past few weeks have been eye-opening as we are part of a city trying to get back to normal after a crisis of with loss of lives, injury, destruction and displacement of many people.   There are relief groups taking action and opportunities for donating.  We are hoping to get our school involved in a donation effort.

After the physical violence was curbed by the police and military, the next phase of ‘the crisis’ began…accusations, blame, threats and rumors from all different sides.   During this time missionary organizations and compounds, including Hillcrest School, were named as being threatened.   The US Embassy asked Hillcrest to close down for 3 days to play it safe.  We are finally back to a more regular schedule, trying to make up for 13 lost days of school and rescheduling some school events and activities.  There is still a dusk-to-dawn (6 pm to 6 am) curfew throughout the city, so it gets very quiet in the evening (which we enjoy!).

It has been said many times that when life gets hard, we lean on God more.  We have been leaning long and hard, and He has been there for us!  In the midst of all the chaos around us, trust in God kept us calm and able to get through the days.  We have been reminded in Ephesians 6: 12 that our struggles are not flesh and blood, but against…the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We have been very aware of being covered in prayers from afar, and are thankful!

On a lighter note, we are nearing the end of the dry season and it is HOT!  It hardly cools down at night. It’s hard to watch the kids  do P.E. and after school sports in the mid-day sun.  We get up early (6am) to walk the dog and get our run in before the sun is up high and it gets too hot. And have we mentioned how Nigerians keep their babies fully dressed, often with knit hats and booties, and motorcycle riders are bundled up in winter coats and knit hats?

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16 03 2010
Jim Heggie

Gary and family:

I came to SVC just as you all were leaving and I’m sorry we did not get to meet. I work for Carolyn Headley in Developmental Ed. and it has been great encouragement and cause for prayer to get your forwarded emails. Your updates are going out to all the school community and is an encouragement to the Body of Christ and a witness to all. I know you know you know that you are held up in prayer, so you can add me and Carolyn to the list.

Blessings on you all. Jim Heggie

3 03 2010
Andie & boys

Thanks for the update!! Love the “up a tree” photo!! The girls are oh so grown up and getting more and more beautiful every time you post new photos! We are all so looking forward to having you guys back at Koreis again this summer!!! Love you guys!

3 03 2010
Virginia

DEAR PAYNE FAMILY, AS I HAVE BEEN READING YOUR BLOG AND LOOKING AT THE GREAT PICTURES, I WAS LISTENING TO ” LEANING ON HIS EVERLASTING ARMS,” VERY APPROPRIATE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY EACH AND EVERY DAY. THANK YOU FOR TRUSTING JESUS. I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR VISIT WITH US THIS SUMMER.
LOVE AND PRAYERS,
Virginia

3 03 2010
Cyndie Hutchison

We are so glad you are all safe and feeling a little less stress. Home for the summer!! How awesome. It is the perfect time to be on Camano (as you already know). We cant wait to see you. The girls are so much bigger, we can tell in the pics.
Love,
Hutchisons

2 03 2010
Christy Headrick

Hi! It’s so great to see your smiling faces in the pics. I can tell y’all are happy and enjoying the life God has lead you to! Can’t wait to see you in a few months!!! Love you all! 🙂

2 03 2010
Judi Seegert

Great News…calm in Jos and your return home for a visit!! Thank you so much for keeping us informed during the unrest and crisis. It was our privilege to pray for you and the Crouchs’. Thanks too, for the great pictures!! (You could have left the bat out, however!!!) Love you guys, Judi

2 03 2010
Clem family

Hello Paynes~ we’re so happy to have dates that you’ll be here! 🙂 Can’t wait. Where will you stay while you’re home? Sunday at bible study Sadie was commenting on how it wouldn’t be long ’til Jordan and the girls could be there too, with a big grin! love J.

2 03 2010
buck nunn

PTL things are starting to calm down, tho it sounds there is still unrest with the
6 to 6 curfew. Thanks for the update and pictures. Understand you may be back on Camano in June. Looking forward to seeing you.
keeping you in prayer..
buck & jo




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