20 May 2011

21 05 2011

The end of the school year is here and we are amazed and thankful for all that took place this year. As our superintendent stated; we have had to be flexible and trusting in the Lord to work our way through the challenges of this year. I have to agree! And as I look back at our year I believe we have learned and grown through it. This is also a difficult time of the year, since we are in the process of saying “goodbye” to those who are leaving at the end of the school year and not returning. God blesses us with fellow teachers and friends for a short time, but we are learning that arrivals and departures are a regular part of the cycle of living here. Attached are some random pictures of our year…

We had a SHORT track season as we had to adjust our schedule for Nigeria’s elections. It was still exciting to see the kids give their all in the hot sun and dirt. Notice the socks and bare feet on students at a track meet running the 1500 meter race (6 laps around the track).

We have an orphanage that is special to us and at a recent visit we helped bathe the kids and feed the babies… then we got to play.

After a hard rain, we had a large water truck lose control and crash into (or through) our compound wall. We live in a huge compound, yet this truck came through our neighbor’s back yard….30 feet from ours. It was loud and scary, yet luckily the injuries were minor. Our damaged wall was down through the last round of elections, yet prayers were answered as peace in Jos has remained throughout all the elections, while other villages and towns have had their share of rioting.

Jordan’s class had their end of year banquet. It is a celebration they talk about and plan for the entire year. The girls spend the day doing hair, nails and makeup, then the Hillcrest community comes out to see them all dressed up before they go out to eat. It makes us parents tear up as we see our children looking so grown up!

We will be home again this summer and can’t wait to catch up with all of you!

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7 responses

15 08 2011
cousin Wanda

Always your updates and pics… Safe travels and blessings to you and family.

22 05 2011
Kris Kramer

It’ll be great to see you guys this summer!

22 05 2011
Rhonda Turski

I remember when we first met and Jordan was just a little girl. Now she has turned into a very beautiful young lady. So thankful for the work you are (All) doing for the Lord there in Jos. I hope we can get together for coffee again while you are home.
Love in the name of our faithful Lord Jesus,

22 05 2011
Amy Perkins

Dear Paynes, how wonderful to hear from you again and to see the great photos. Loved the shoe shopping photo, all your girls are “lookin’ goood”!
Love, Amy

22 05 2011
Bev & Jim Collins (Jennifer's parents)

Jennifer forwarded your messages and pictures to us (as she usually does!) – and we always read with interest about your activities, school, and adventures.
Jordan is such a beautiful young lady – we’re anxious to see her in a few weeks!

Take care and know you’re in everyone’s prayers,

~Bev & Jim

22 05 2011
Clem family

We are counting the days!! 🙂 love from the Clem clan

22 05 2011
Andie Smith

I can’t believe how grown up Jordan looks and we can’t wait to see you guys again this summer!! Let us know your plans and maybe we can fit in another “camping trip” to Camano Island!

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