A Day in Our Life:

Wake up – Now that we have fans run by solar power we can sleep in past 5!!!

Check email while the Internet is “fast”. (The Girl takes her turn in the word games she plays with her brother and a few friends.)

Devotions – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we have team devotions and worship in addition to our private ones.

Breakfast – The boy usually makes this; Semolina (similar to grits but we sweeten it), yogurt and oats or toast. However now we have an Ethiopian “DONUT” (read “fried dough”) shop across the street!

Morning – If it’s my day to cook I prepare everything to go into the solar ovens and place them outside.

Walk to Dafuri school for language lessons. Spend two hours cramming Arabic into our brains and learning about culture

Sweat. Drink water.

Walk to open market. Greet our many acquaintances. Sometimes we are invited to ‘fatur’ (brunch) or to take ‘shy’ (tea).

Purchase the day’s food – ‘jir jir’ (tastes like rocket lettuce), cucumber, tomato, bread and maybe yogurt for the next morning’s breakfast.

Sweat. Drink more water.

Lunch – cucumber salad sandwiches, leftovers or PB&J

Afternoon – Review Arabic lessons using recordings of our helper and using supplementary materials at which point our brains turn to mush.

Sweat.

Wilt from the heat.

Drink more water.

Hand wash laundry. Enjoy splashing in the water!

Order water from a donkey cart.

The Boy fixes things around the house. Sometimes the girl helps.

Rita comes and The Girl helps her learn English.

Dinner – Set table. Eat delicious food.

Evening – Watch DVDs. Play games. Chat. Share daily experiences with teammates.

Take bucket baths.

Read evening devotions (just the two of us). Pray for supporters and other missionaries.

Go to bed.

Sleep.

Sweat.

And repeat!

He is Risen!

He is risen! Yes indeed Christ has risen and boy did we celebrate. I’m sure the rejoicing from our SIC church was heard all over Malakal! Every choir from every language group had their turn to sing praises! (Including the SIM choir.)

Little girls donned brightly colored skirts with beautifully done embroidery. Boys sported grass skirts and beaded necklaces, each of them exuberantly executing their intricate choreography. Women danced down the aisles shaking gourds filled with seeds. The drummers pounded out a rhythm adding to the joyful noise.

Although most of the time our church service is completely in Arabic, Pastor Peter outdid himself this Easter, switching flawlessly from Shilluk, Arabic and English so that we could all understand the sermon.

Later that day we continued the celebration by fixing food for many of our Southern Sudanese friends. We sang songs about our Redeemer in English and Arabic. Our director explained the reason we celebrate; how Christ paid for our wrongdoings through His death taking the punishment that should have been ours.

This was definitely a 1st wedding anniversary we will not soon forget!

Unity through Diversity

We didn’t represent EVERY nation, tribe and tongue but we gave it a good go!

  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Kiswahili
  • Spanish

During conference we sang praises in the languages representing our team, plus some. What a great picture of unity; joining our voices together in multiple languages to sing praises to our God, uniting different styles of worship and dancing and song.