Sunday, November 25, 2012

This Here is Love.

I've missed a lot of friends' weddings during the years we have lived here.  So when my friend Carley announced that she would be getting married just a country away, instead of a continent away, I knew that I wanted to go. 


Carley and I have been friends since 2005.  She is, in fact, the only full-time teacher at HOPAC, besides us, who has stayed since 2005. 

I have a huge respect and admiration for single women missionaries.  The ratio of single women to men on the mission field is something like 30:1.  Kind of pathetic, I know.  But you can imagine the courage and faith that it takes for a single woman, who does desire to be married, to come and serve, especially for multiple years at a time. 

Carley has served faithfully, creatively, and passionately as a single woman in Tanzania for 7 years (and more before that in China).  She is one of the most joyful, positive people I know.  She has poured her whole heart and soul into HOPAC and gave up every Friday night to Youth Group with us for the six years we ran it. 

And now, God has blessed her with Victor, a Kenyan man who is on staff at the church where she attends.  Inter-racial marriage can be complicated, but Carley and Victor have impressed everyone with how they have gone about their relationship with accountability, lots of wise counsel, and prayer.  God has now given them both the desires of their hearts, exceedingly, abundantly.

During the ceremony, the minister said, "Victor, you must learn how to be the perfect American husband.  And Carley, you must learn how to be the perfect Kenyan wife." 
Isn't that what marriage is all about?

The fusion of two worlds, two continents, two cultures.  I always cry at weddings, but this one was especially beautiful. 

Such joy.
To God be the Glory!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Awww...You Guys Made Me Ink!

(name that movie)

When I taught in California, there would be this big moving-van type truck that would arrive in the parking lot once a year with a mobile aquarium in it.  The kids would be shuffled through and allowed about five minutes each to "touch and feel" the ocean animals.

First grade visited the tide pools last week to finish up their seashore unit.  The kids at HOPAC don't know how good they got it, with their own non-mobile aquarium five minutes away from their school, and they got a good two hours to "touch and feel" the real thing. 

The octopus provided the most entertainment of the morning, when it proceeded to spray black ink all over the screeching children standing over it. 

 Mikayla, Nurdin, and their jellyfish friend.

Sometimes I laugh when people think our kids are deprived, growing up way over here in Africa.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This Picture Makes Me Really Happy

Not just because of that great guy right there, but because of the over 200 people who have committed to read the New Testament this school year.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Forceful Five

Josiah is very into Star Wars these days.  (Do you sense a pattern with this kid?)  The difference with this current obsession is that he has seen the movies (unlike the vast majority of the superhero movies)....carefully edited and always with his Daddy. 

Superheroes have given Josiah tangible examples of kindness, heroism...and helping his sisters, instead of knocking them over the head.  Star Wars is teaching him the consequences of unrepentent sin, especially anger.  You can just see the little wheels in his head turning as we discuss it with him.  For a kid who is highly imaginative, this is very effective. 

So for birthday Number Five, of course it all had to be all about Star Wars.  Though I'm not sure who was more excited about it:  Josiah or Daddy. 

Yoda, Queen Amidala, and Princess Leah

In honor of his fifth birthday, I decided it was time to move him into his size 4T clothes, whether they fit him or not.  He still jumps into my arms almost every day and I can still easily carry him.  I'm in no hurry for him to get bigger! 

Not Ringling Brothers, But Still Pretty Cool

Mama Africa Circus