We woke up a bit before six today to one of the kids knocking at the door with some problem or another…I don’t remember what or who it was exactly. My brain takes somewhere between a few minutes and hours to fully engage. The kids and I had banana bread for breakfast while I boiled a pot of water on the stove for bathing; the bathrooms have hot water heaters, but there’s an issue with how they are hooked up that I have to fix. After my third time trying to wake Stephanie up, she got up and took over with the kids while I got washed up and dressed.
In my latest contribution to the MAF Blog I tell about my experience working with Victor, the IT Administrator for the Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo.
One of the goals Stephanie and I made before coming to Congo was to make new friends, and to regularly invite into our home other MAF families, expats, and Congolese people. The two months we’ve spent in Africa have been incredibly busy, both with IT projects, and with getting settled into our new home. Still, we have been trying to practice hospitality, and form new friendships. While our MAF team has quickly become our surrogate family, and we’ve met some expats from other organizations, making friends with locals has been a bit more challenging. Since we still don’t speak French or Swahili that well, it’s always nice to come across Congolese who speak some English. Read more…
This week I was a contributor on the MAF Blog, and wrote a little bit about IT as a ministry. Check out my post, and maybe read a few others while you’re at it!
Happy Easter! Isn’t it great that God loves us so much that He sent his son to die in our place, so we could be restored to a relationship with him?! We hope you have an an enjoyable Easter.
Things continue to move forward in high gear for us. Let me catch you up on some of the highlights from the last couple months. In February and March we did several presentations including a some for elementary students at our church in Ankeny. We gave an update to our supporters at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion, IA. We got to share briefly on a Sunday morning during the services, with the elementary students’ Sunday school class, and again later in the week with their 50+ (years-old) group.
Last month I wrote two posts about some of the unexpected ways God has been working as we raise support. This week the surprises continued. During a conference call with some of the leadership at MAF we discussed a new plan that drastically changes our path moving forward.