Monday, August 24, 2015

Reflections- Family Pictures

 As we were saying our good-byes and preparing to leave, I thought back through changes in our family during our years here.  When we arrived in November 2009, Caleb was only three years old.  Each of the kids has grown and changed during our time here.

Nov 2009- Ready to leave the US for Congo for the first time!

Spring 2010
 The obvious changes can be seen in the pictures, as they each grow taller.
We've also seen them grow in knowledge and maturity through their studies and their observation of the world around them.
Fall 2012

Spring 2013
They've been through many transitions during this time, and learned how to adapt and thrive in the midst of uncertainties.
They've seen poverty and the effects of that poverty on the lives of people, and that has given them a greater appreciation for the blessings in their own lives.
Spring 2014
But through it all, they've remained typical kids- with good days and bad days, just like everyone else.  Now we're all ready for the next step in our adventures together.
August 2015 with Sarah Speer

Friday, August 21, 2015

Walk to the River- Pt 3

 We had a bigger group on the way back.  About 12 kids accompanied us half way!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Walk to the River

During the last weekend in May, we decided to walk to the part of the river closest to our house.
The grass along the path was taller than me in some places!

We walked through this small village of five or six houses.

We took the path alongside the river while we looked for a good swimming spot.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Good-bye from the employees

The employees had a special program for Stephen during one of the morning chapels.  They shared things they had written saying thank you and expressing their good wishes.
Sarah Speer presenting Stephen with a certificate.

We posed for lots of pictures afterwards.

Pastor Paul with two of his Sunday school students.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mud House

The mud house we saw while on our outing is typical of most people's houses in the area.  We've had the chance to see a few of them being built from time to time.
 This house belongs to the family of a man who recently passed away after a long illness.  His family was here at the hospital off and on for months.  It was fun to be able to see them in their own home and know that they are still doing OK.

Monday, August 10, 2015


Last Sunday, we loaded 16 people into the truck to head off for an outing.  The main purpose was to see a hospital that is being built on the edge of town.  Looking at an empty building under construction only took about five minutes, and then we took off for a hike.

 The area we walked through is right on the edge of town, and it could be considered the suburbs of Impfondo.  You can move away from the crowds, have space for a garden, and room to breathe.

It looks different than our suburbs in the US!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Water Chevrotain

A man brought this baby animal by to try to sell us as a pet.  My animal experts identified it as a Water Chevrotain.  Who knew?  I would have called it a DLT (Deer Like Thing).