13 July 2014

13 07 2014

GP & KP May 2014.pdfI am not a big fan of reposting things, especially not both on Facebook and here on our blog, but 10 Things Missionaries Don’t Tell You Enough is well written and expresses it better than I would! Thanks for taking the time to keep up with our lives and ministry over the 5+ years we have been here in Nigeria, and most especially for your ongoing prayers, support and encouragement!


17 Aug 2010

17 08 2010

School started a bit chaotically for teachers as the scheduling program failed and the on-line network was down the day before classes.  We began with no class lists and lots of scheduling changes.  Only half of the contents of the container of materials ordered by the school in June arrived.  The other half is being held up in Abuja with no idea why or when it will arrive.  Maybe this happens easily/regularly in other schools too?   We take it in stride and handle the chaos with a good attitude (hopefully!).  Intense thunderstorms (VERY LOUD) and close lightning strikes welcomed us to the new school year.   We are deep in rainy season and the air is always thick with humidity.  Nothing dries completely and clothes feel a tad damp when you put them on.   Temperatures are in the 70’s.  It can drop to high 60’s and feel cold when wind and rain whip through.  Then it can be in the 80’s when the sun shines mid afternoon.

The girls are excited to be back in school and it is good for all of us to have a schedule again.  We believe a great year is in store for us.  Sunday’s message challenged the Hillcrest staff to prepare these students for service in a dark world.  We are not here to shelter or to huddle but to equip for service in God’s kingdom.

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22 Sep 09

22 09 2009

We have had  a couple of extra days off from school this week due to a public holiday declared for Sallah (the end of Ramadan). We are thankful for the extra rest and that the past few days have remained calm here in Jos.

We have had several  requests to hear from the girls about their thoughts and experiences in Nigeria, so with some prompting we got the following input from them…

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A new day, a new year, a new adventure!

1 01 2009

I had thought of taking and posting pictures of what our house looks like right now, but I can describe it in one word: CHAOS!

There are boxes and stuff everywhere in the house, although now we are concentrating on moving everything that is going with us into the (now empty) dining room. We’ve been tossing things into the boxes that are going with us, but now they need to be unpacked and repacked more deliberately so we can 1) make sure they don’t weigh more than 50 lbs, 2) have an inventory of what’s in each box for customs (and us!), and 3) make sure there is nothing major that we have forgotten to pack Read the rest of this entry »

Two weeks…

23 12 2008

It’s hard to believe how quickly the days are passing. We spent last week down in central Oregon w/ Kimberly’s family.  Her sister lives down there, and with her work schedule it’s easier for all of us to go down there. The girls enjoyed time swimming. ice skating, and playing in the snow, although w/ temperatures down near zero, we didn’t spend all that much time outside! Usually we leave the winter weather behind, but this time we drove all the way home in it…a VERY long, slow, snowy and slippery drive! While we were away, winter weather came to the Pacific Northwest and Camano Island…just take a look at the pictures below!

On the preparation front, we’re busier packing boxes of all types (Nigeria, storage, and donation), trying to make sure all the necessary address and account changes happen, rent our house, and connect w/ friends and family. Ziggy (our cat) seems to be adjusting to his new home w/ friends, and Dempsey (our 80lb mutt) enjoyed spending last week at his new home while we were gone, playing w/ his 2 new buddies in the snow. And we received a call today that our visas are ready and should arrive here tomorrow…God’s provision and timing are perfect!

Thank you for all your ongoing support, prayers, friendship and love!  Words do not adequately express how deeply you all have (and continue to) touch our lives!

Kimberly’s Thoughts

6 12 2008

As we pass through the 5 week mark, we seek God’s peace and direction often!  These last weeks could easily be stressful and chaotic, but we are determined, with Jesus leading the way, to make it a beautiful Christ-filled Christmas season.

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Five Weeks!

3 12 2008

Um…I’m not sure what happened to weeks seven and six…the days seem to be going by quicker as our departure date gets closer! Read the rest of this entry »