Tuesday, October 20, 2009

relationships and ministry

So as of lately, I have been feeling a little down about Nigerian living.  Nothing huge, but just feeling a bit dry, even in the midst of relationships and ministry.  There really has been a lot going on that is so good and I am grateful, but while life is moving forward I am finding it a struggle trying to "keep up" with things.  
We haven't had power for about a week and a half, and that really is not an exaggeration.  I don't remember it ever going this long in the past.  It just makes it a challenge to do laundry, etc...  Jason and Emilee have been super gracious but even after awhile I kind of feel that we are inconveniencing them as well.  It's not their fault we don't have power, you know.  I think this is a stretch for me, truly having to rely on the "community" for daily tasks.  It is one thing for me to choose to work together with others and it is another for me to rely on others to get things done.  I wish there were easier ways to learn reliance.  It really makes me wonder how much I truly rely on God?  Do I really?  Or do I rely only when I choose to because of the benefits.  I want to put myself in a place of need to rely.  Shoot, God is, isn't he by my no power.   Look I am answering my own thoughts.  Ughhh.....  It can be so uncomfortable for me to have to do that with others that it makes me think I am not in good practice of it.  If I relied on God more, would I start relying on others more?  Or will it always be an uncomfortable feeling "needing" others to get daily tasks done.  And really, who cares, right?  I am learning.......

Okay, the pictures I have pictured here are as follows:  
The top is of a couple who came to visit here for a week and they were in charge of games with the children at CLAPAI at a birthday party.  It was a lot of fun and we learned that "honesty" isn't always something that comes naturally when winning a game with kids.
The last picture is of our friend, Mary, and she is holding a baby that was dropped off at another children's home called OLA.  Her story is a sad one, but I am grateful for the moments we get to love on her and hold her and give her kisses.  Mary did a great job with all three of those while we were there.
The middle picture is our family having the pastor and his wife from the village church we attend, over for lunch.  It was a sweet time of fellowship as he and his wife shared their testimony of God "calling" them into the church ministry.  They are a wealth of knowledge of growing into the person who God has created you to be.   Anyway, there you have it.  
Please pray for our ministries and that our power would return.
God Bless.


  1. you bet I am praying! sometimes we learn in ways that really push us to the limit and stretch our faith, right? and God gives strength to the powerless! (so maybe I should try going without power then!)

  2. I love reading your blog. I'm praying for you and what God would be teaching you at this time. Praying for power or "power" if you know what I mean. Hey wanted to tell you smca kids have a website. When you get your power check it out. www.smcakids.blogspot.com

  3. the couch looks soooo good:)

    praying for you!!

  4. Corrie, altho we've never met, I know what "dry" spell you are talking about. I remember and still go back, once in awhile, to your first blogs from Nigeria and you sounded so excited and it was like you were taking us on an adventure tht God laid out for you. It sounds like your newness is wearing off; so I offer "stay the course". I don't know where that comes from but I've heard it 100 plus times. I know babbling I usually do; I so pray for you and John's ministry and know that you and your family is more to others far away than you know. Theresa Valliant