Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LINK: Entering Congo?!

I wanted to point you all to this blog post on our field's prayer blog for a couple of reasons. 1) It directly involves us, and so we want it to involve you. 2) To introduce you to our field's prayer blog; there are other great ministries happening here in Uganda that need your prayers as well.

Entering Congo?!

Please keep Scott in prayer this weekend as he heads to DRCongo. Pray for the right relationships. Pray for clarity to be added to the vision. Pray for understanding. Pray that we will be like Jesus and demonstrate God in daily life. Pray also for Meg as she remains with the boys, very much a part of this ministry right now.

Friday, January 20, 2012

An "Average" Day

We asked some friends what they would like to know more about from our lives in Arua. One friend asked what a normal day looks like. I will try my best, and will expand more in later posts, but here is outline of the typical day for us. Also, if you have any great ideas for blog posts or anything questions you have let me know!

 Our family gets up, some days earlier than others. We do breakfast somewhat together. After breakfast Meg and the boys "do chores" while Scott gets ready for the day. Doing chores means cleaning up the table from breakfast, putting any toys away that came out in the morning, folding and putting away laundry. Then Meg and the boys get dressed and the boys get kicked outside to play until "school time."

When Scott does not have other meetings scheduled he goes out to his office for the morning. We have what is called a "boys quarters" in the back of our house. There are two rooms and a bathroom. We are using it as Scott's office. It gives him a chance to get away and get some work done without Meg or the boys bugging him.
Benjamin often takes a morning nap while Meg does school with Timothy. We are working on a unit with the Coppedge girls on the Armor of God right now but then we will be working through the book Before Five in a Row. We like our school time a lot. Two days a week we do with the Coppedges and two days we do school on our own.
We do lunch then naps. Recently, Meg has been napping with the boys a couple times a week but when she is not napping she is catching up on house work, emails or doing errands in town. Scott returns to his office to continue the work of the day.

Around 5:00 Scott usually finds his way back into the house, or Meg sends the boys to check on him. The boys get "dada time" outside while Meg gets dinner on the table. We eat as a family and are currently doing the Joy Dare as a family at dinner.
After dinner is bath time, most days... then the two little boys run around naked for a few minutes. Quite a joy of the day. We get pajamas on and read a bible story together. Ben goes to bed, we read more to Tim and then he goes to bed.
At this point Scott and Meg clean up the kitchen, and relax together. For Christmas we got a season of Psych, so we have been watching an episode in the evenings.
That is our "normal" day. We have team meetings on Mondays, prayer meetings on Fridays, Meg has bible study on Wednesdays, Scott meets with some Sudanese pastors on Thursdays and Sundays are a thing all of their own :) I will try to do a special blog about what a Sunday means for us sometime as well as other special things we do.

Oh, and meet the newest member of our farm. This kitten is Jackson.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2011 in Pictures

 2011: The Year of Transitions
Started in New Jersey

Went to Mississippi
Tim with his friend "D"
the boys "helping" Mama cook
Pastor John Hugh baptizing Benjamin

Up to Marion, IN for training
Hallahans, Duncans (Regional Directors for Africa) and us

Mission Training International Palmer Springs, CO  
- for language learning and cross cultural training

Back to the Northeast to say goodbye to friends and family
At the Philadelphia airport with 35 pieces of checked lugage!
In Uganda, our first days!
Scott at a pastor training
 Moved "home" to Arua, and doing life
Scott preaching at Panyimur
Billy helping to pull fish in
Learned a little of the local language, this was my tutor, Annet
 Trip to Lui, Sudan for the "Enthronement" of the new Bishop, Stephen Dokollo
Scott and Billy with the new bishop and his family

We hosted a team of women from Asbury University, we got to go on safari with them!

This is Mer, she stayed another 4 weeks with us

Went to Tanzania for Language school to learn Swahili

On the weekend we went to a game park in Tanzania 

Ben looking at a leopard in the tree
We got to see lions for the first time
Great time as a family

 And back to Arua

Went to an African wedding, see this post
Visiting our watchman's family at his home
Visiting Regina and her family at her home
Getting mail from friends and family
Going to an orphanage and playing with the kids
Learning to sew on a treadle machine
Learning to use a charcoal iron
Making a chicken coop, see this post for the full story
Reading books with grandparents over Skype
 Hosted a Community Health Empowerment conference

Had visitors
Doing school work with cousins
Taking a walk down our street
Tracy visited with the Burkhalters to give hand made dresses to girls in Africa
 Ben turned 1!

 To Kampala in November
The Installation of the first bishop for the Africa Gospel Church Uganda
Source of the Nile; we had a few days get away, just us for the first time since Ben was born


Making "muscles" with Caleb
Christmas in Arua
Playing in the water, outside, in December
Making Gingerbread house cookies
Toys, toys everywhere. And having fun doing it
Dirty boys are happy boys, a family motto
Somethings that were missing due to lack of pictures...
*Scott's training in Kenya on using Megavoice recorders to get stories from the bible in the national languages 
*Scott meeting regularly to disciple three Sudanese pastors
*Building relationships around town
*Scott took a trip to Gulu and Lira to look at starting a new pastor training site
*Visiting most of the Nebbi churches to encourage them

We are looking forward to all that God will do in 2012