Archive for May, 2011

Cute journal entry

11 May 2011

Today one of my second graders, Raphael (who I would guess is about 8 or 9 years old), wrote the following for his journal entry at school. I thought you might enjoy:

“When I was a little boy I didn’t know how to read and write and I didn’t know the alphabet wel so my mother teach me the alphabet. And then I know the alphabet wel. But when I sat down to think how to read and write I’m very comefusing and my mind get mixed up and I didn’t figure i out and it seemed like a puzzle to me. But in 2009 I went to school with my friend Dave and Samuel. And then I know how to read and write and I’m very happy and puzzle is solved.”

That makes the work of running JCS totally worth it, and makes me want to do all I can to keep it going. ๐Ÿ™‚ Please do continue to pray that the Lord will send a teacher or two to help me. After all, the school is really in His hands, and He can and will take care of it much better than I. ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news, Jeff and I confirmed our tickets and our wedding date is now officially set for July 23rd. Only 74 days!!!!!!! We’ll be in the US for about 6 weeks in all before returning to set up housekeeping in our little house in Kensa.

Hope you have a great rest of the week! Thank you for your prayers.


“O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where….” -Frances Ridley Havergal

Due to my limited connection in Kiari, I have to limit the file size of incoming messages. Plain textโ€”even a long letterโ€”will come through just fine, but I may not be able to receive an email with pictures or attachments. Thank you for your help with this! โ˜บ


Baibel Klab

7 May 2011

I just wanted to write a quick post to thank you all for praying for our Bible clubs. We had our second one today. They’re on Friday afternoons at about 3:30, which would be 1:30 in the morning (Friday) for most of you! Last week was a combined club for Mau and Yuniho, and this week was Kensa– a place especially dear to my heart because that’s where Jeff is building our little house. ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually saw it up close for the first time today since I had to pass it to get to our Bible club spot. It’s mainly done, but Jeff is working on all of the details now. This week’s big project: making the door ๐Ÿ™‚ (How many of YOU made your own front door??? I’m super proud of all the things my Jeff can do and it makes our house super special!!!)

Anyway, back on the subject of Bible club :-), both last week and this week we had about 25 kids. I actually can’t tell you tremendously much about it because, to my great joy, it’s almost completely in Siar-ha, the Kiarian tok ples (language). This makes me really happy because most kids don’t know Pidgin very well if at all, and it’s incredible to see the spike in their interaction when communication switches from Pidgin to tok ples. I’m attaching a picture taken during the missionary story today… just look at their faces! ๐Ÿ™‚

Five ladies from church (our Sunday School team) are doing all of the teaching. Each week one teaches a Bible story, one leads songs, and a third tells a missionary story. I actually asked the ladies at first if they wanted to take turns and only have a few go each week, but they informed me that we are a TEAM and we all will go. ๐Ÿ™‚ That also made me really happy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am super, super blessed to work with such a wonderful group of ladies.

Please continue to pray for our clubs. There are 5 left, each in a different hauslain (neighborhood). The one next week is in Laswara (lit. “last water”). Pray for our team as we meet on Sunday to decide who will do what. Pray that the Lord will prepare hearts– both ours to minister and the kids’ to receive God’s Word. And pray that the Lord (and we!) will remember His promise that His Word doesn’t “go out nothing”, as our Pidgin translation says, but WILL accomplish His purposes and bring forth fruit.

Hope you all have a great week!


“O use me, Lord, use even me, Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where….” -Frances Ridley Havergal