Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Yesterday, we had lunch with some friends that I have started to "count on" and within that luncheon we realized it was her (Kimberly) birthday earlier in the week. It was so fun to just be with their family and not think it a big deal that I didn't know her birth date. The moment had happened: the moment of still getting to know someone yet a familiarity of friendship that little things are not big deals and lunches are easy going and relaxing....
Friday, August 27, 2010
2.) Hopefully by now you recognize little Kenny. BUT, do you recognize his new walker? Emilee was there yesterday helping the kids all get ready when she rushed in the living room where I was and pulled me into the baby room. She said, "Oh my gosh, you have got to see Kenny!!" And sure enough he met me at the door scooting, ever so professionally and big boy like, towards the hallway. I could have cried. He is getting so big and what a blessing for him to have a little help!! My heart swelled as he handled the walker with grace and pride.
3.) The reason for our going yesterday afternoon was for Abigail's birthday. My mom picked out a beautiful pink scarf for her as a gift from all of us and she looked stunning in it. Her party was so encouraging as friends of hers came to celebrate her life. A life full of hardship, but friendship also as so many came around her that day to recognize the gift she is to all of us and the kids in this home. She has grown up here, but takes responsibility for each one of these babes. Her whole life she has had to receive help, but she doesn't think anything about it. For her, that is life. Give and take. A little help here, a little help there. She gives just as much as she receives. No pride, just relationship!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Good Morning! We have just heard that as of yesterday the main, public power company has gone on strike. NEPA! What that means for us is no electricity until the people choose to return back to work. The bummer is you just don't know how long these things will last..... a few days, a few weeks, maybe a couple of months....
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I also remember feeling this way around large, seemingly expensive homes. Do people care about them? Well, I find those same thought patterns are still in my head. I drive by some of these huts or dwelling structures that look abandoned in some cases, and I wonder if life is hard for those living there. Or I pray that no abuse takes place inside the "walls" that are present.
Is life hard for them? Do they ever get power and water here? Do they know any different? Do they know the Lord? Do they feel contentment in their life?
Monday, August 23, 2010
This next photo is a new friend named Franca. She is truly the first nigerian woman who has invited me over with no connection like ministry or a friend of a friend type of thing.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
When developing a site in construction, the first thing we often start with is the INFRASTRUCTURE ie: roads, underground, utilities, sanitary lines, property walls, etc. Although all these things support the finish product of the buildings, many times they are not seen directly when the building is completed and occupied.
Recently I have been thinking of all the people and things that support the ultimate goal of impacting the orphan and I’m grateful that God’s plan is for us to be a body of believers that each utilizes our gifts and talents for his kingdom whether this is the people in the mission field or the people sending the missionaries.
In Nigeria, we are constructing an Education Center where Theresa Reed (new B2B staff arriving in September) will spend time tutoring underprivileged children in the Kisayhip Village. She will be “directly” connecting and impacting the orphan, but to make this happen so much infrastructure must take place first.
I want to break it down to show all that and who is involved in making an impact on the orphan. The many parts affecting the orphan child as a whole.
-B2B staff member (Brian Bertke) in Cincinnati shares the vision of the Ed Ctr to the youth at the Vineyard Church and the Daniels family in Cincinnati.
-This church and family caught the vision and they were able to raise the funds for us to begin building the Ed Ctr.
-People in the US are supporting the B2B staff member to be able to live and minister in Nigeria.
-B2B staff live and minister in Nigeria and begin to build the Education Center.
-B2B support staff such as drivers assist in getting materials to the site for the building.
-B2B employs local masons, carpenters, and other trades from the village to construct the Education Center. (which helps the people in the village with income).
-The building is completed and Theresa (teacher) will directly impact the orphan by helping supplement their education.
-The orphan child will have a better “HOPE FOR TOMORROW”.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I always enjoy taking new people there. I tell you, between the three of us, we caused quite a ruckous. By the time we left, I think all of the kids were crying .
As women though we were talking about how when I used to go to OLA to begin with, the kids were shy and not very emotional and that we need to consider what a gift it is to hear them cry and just to "express".
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
"Your children will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as the people who rebuild their walls and cities." Isaiah 58:12
Monday, August 16, 2010
This next photo is just a normal bean and vegetable stand. They are really scattered everywhere. Stands like this are where I buy so many of our fruits and vegetables. It has surprised me some to realize how I don't notice these places anymore as unusual. How weird to go to one store and buy fruits and vegetable that are already prepackaged, right? :)
Of course, you have to have the picture of the angry lion. While Sarah was at the zoo, they paid to have a goat thrown into the lion's den. So, we have great video footage of a live goat being thrown in and the lions pouncing on it and then showing it off to all the people watching. Yes, on the video, you see the poor helpless goat baahhing while it sits inside the mouth of the huge, male lion. I know it is the natural part of life. BUT, it is one thing to know it and quite another to see it happen.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I wanted to take few minutes and share what I have been doing the last month and half. In September we have new staff joining our team from the US.- Will & Theresa Reed. We are very excited for their arrival. In light of their arrival, we have had to make arrangements for the Reed's housing. Because it will be a few years until we can occupy the property in Bassa (Land of Hope), we are constructing two apartments on the current SSE Campus where we host groups. These two apartments are for staff housing.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We have to have a picture of my kids first day back at Hillcrest!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
No matter where you live, you get used to your environment and you end up "relying" on the basics of life based on where it is you reside.