Friday, July 27, 2007
The wonders of the internet never cease. Earlier this week, I discovered that our internet connection was good enough to listen to BBC's "Focus on Africa" online. Made me wonder - could I listen to US radio? In particular.....to hear the Red Sox games? It's been killing me to miss the great season they are having (62-40, best record in MLB). Turns out that yes, I can. Isn't that cool? Of course, it means I stay up too late listening to the games, especially if it's a good one. It's kind of weird to hear the RKO announcers and ads for Dunkin Donuts, d'Angelo's Sandwich Shop and Giant Glass (1-800-54GIANT), sitting here in Africa. But it's great not to miss the fun. I remember back in 1988 when we were here and one night I caught Johnny Most announcing a Celtics game on Armed Forces Radio- it was such a sweet moment to get a little bit of home. We're pretty spoiled now with email and internet access. I guess that means the Red Sox Nation extends even to West Africa.
Max is just with us for a couple more weeks- he'll go back August 12th and begin classes on the 16th. We're planning to send the other boys to the new American School, but they may not start till later in September because the building is being renovated. I warned them that we are going to start "school"- some Math and maybe writing - soon after Max leaves so they don't have too much down time. But they won't mind I think. We're running out of things to do in the rain.
So that's a quick note. Just a glimpse of everyday life here.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Here's a little glimpse of the "chaos" of an elementary school closing program. Singing, talking, dancing, marching, dodging in to get a picture- everyone is moving. But as Rick once told Do Young, if you are going to live in Africa, you have to learn to love a little chaos!
The quality of the upload was a little disappointing. If I can do better, I will make a note.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
It was a type of termite nest, but in a rather "fungal" formation, located up in the woods behind a waterfall where we went during our vacation in Bong county last month. We had a great day at the waterfall, which was beautiful and refreshing as well as lots of fun. We went there with some new friends the Lippys who are Baptist missionaries up in Gbarnga, and who have six kids (3 boys and 3 girls) whose ages overlap ours pretty well.
We also got to visit Rainbow Town, a sort of mission station with an orphanage for about 90 kids of ages from 1 year to 18 years, and a school which educates both the orphans and kids from nearby villages. Our friends Jackson and Harriet Quenisear manage Rainbow Town with help from several different ministry groups. This pic is of Jackson and Harriet's son, Germeni, with Max and Caleb, looking at the fish pond.
Lotsa love from Rick and Deb.... more soon....
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
We'll tell you more about it soon, and share some more pictures, but at 11:15 at night, all we have time for is MYSTERY PHOTO number 3, taken during a walk in the woods. That's Jared's hand next to it. WHAT IS IT?
--looking forward to hearing from all of you! Love, Rick