10 January 2011

10 01 2011

We have lots to share as we try to start our second semester at Hillcrest. The government recently mandated that all schools remain closed until February 1st in order to be available for voting and voter registration facilities. In order to give our students the necessary hours of instruction and credits they need, we are being challenged on how to teach by correspondence! For the next 2 weeks we will be trying to teach through distributing learning materials through weekly handouts and the electronic media that is available to us.

We know many of you are hearing news of Jos. We appreciate your prayers for peace in this city. Know that we are in a safe, well-protected compound. We are well-instructed on what we need to do if danger approaches our area. Because we are guests in this country, we have to be careful about what information we put out on electronic media. Our blog posts and emails will not have details or opinions about what is going on. Keep in mind however, that the media exaggerates what is happening and simplifies the reasons. If you are interested in the history and better explanations of the violence here, email us and we will point you toward written articles that are more researched than BBC or CNN.

On a lighter note, we had a great time visiting our friends in the village (last blog) and then camping in a National Park on a beautiful river with hippo, crocodile, baboons, and monkeys. This was our first camping experience in Nigeria and we loved it. There were no amenities…just us, God’s creation and everything we crammed in our car! We borrowed a 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser to navigate the rough roads and cross the river (a bit nerve-racking, but fun). We got lots of sun, relaxation, bug bites, scrapes and cuts from the rocks, survived invasion of our camp by red ants, and thankfully avoided crocodile bites!

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9 responses

14 01 2011
Judi Seegert

Thanks so much for sharing your “camping adventures” in word and in photos. What fun!! We all continue to pray for you, the Crouchs’, our SIM Missionary friends, and for the precious country of Nigeria. Love you guys, Judi

12 01 2011
Carrie C

Hello Paynes, Thanks for the update. The pictures bring back memories of the mission trip 3 years ago. I must say that it also brought thoughts of snakes back to me espically seeing where your tent was pitched. Your experiences seem to be adding so much to your time there and I’m glad you get to have them. Be safe and wish you more fun times. Carrie C

12 01 2011

Wow! That beautiful river allllmost made me want to go to Africa! Lol. I am so glad you guys got some relaxing time away, doing what ypu love to do! 🙂
Miss you guys!

11 01 2011
Lori Fekkes

Thanks for the letter and pictures. What beautiful scenery. Looks like a great camping trip – something boys would really enjoy, I bet!!
Miss you guys,

11 01 2011
Clem family

YES! go Jordan! You jumped!
Now, if you get to go to camp again, tree jumping…. 20 ft(our guess), here we go!! heh. I miss you guys! It looks like the trip was a total blast!
Write you soon!
~ Sadie

10 01 2011

I admit to being a big weenie. I don’t think I would go camping in Nigeria. Your pictures were beautiful. I was nervous walking around my in-laws neighborhood in Florida because of the crocodiles. I like my safe little county and state parks! Maybe because I was lost in a National Forest when I was a little girl. I would love citations for the articles you mentioned in the blog.

God Bless.


10 01 2011

What fantastic pictures. Looks so beautiful! The girls sure seem to be enjoying all the special outings and living there. I miss you guys and think/pray for you often.
love ya

10 01 2011
Erika Callies

Your camping trip looked like fun, kids looked like they enjoyed themselves. I’m glad you’re safe. Miss you, Erika

10 01 2011
Clem family

What an awesome camping experience!! Loved seeing the rocks along the river. Thank you for your careful explanation of the media and being able to read other articles, that was just right. 🙂 love to you all, Jennifer

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