Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So Thankful for Jehovah Jireh, the Great Provider

For the past few months Eli and I have been in awe of God's provision for our family here in Sudan. Each month as we get our donor report which shows us our support amount and who's giving, we have been amazed to see that each month we are 100% supported. This is so key especially as we prepare for a new transition and move to a new assignment. Unfortunately Sudan and South Sudan are very expensive places to travel in and out of and we have to bring most of our supplies and food in with us. We are so blessed to NOT have to worry about finances. Thank you Brothers and Sisters!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

We love our team!

 Introducing... our Khartoum team - we had a great night celebrating Jeff's birthday at a Lebanese Restaurant.

Cathy's meal looked pretty delicious!

The waiters brought us watermelon for dessert so we put candles in it and sang Happy Birthday. Jeff had some help blowing out the candles. :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What are we up to?

Eli with 2 of our teachers: Nazir and Ali

 Sorry it's been a while since we updated you. It seems like the past few weeks have been especially busy and stressful. We are now in the last 2 months of our time of language study here in Khartoum. We just finished Book 2/Level 2 and have been reviewing and studying for our big test next week. We will have 2 written tests and one 30-minute oral exam. This will be our first time to be tested since we've been studying Arabic. I think it will be good to see how much we really know.

This is typically what the blackboard looks like on grammar day


The boys continue to do well at school. They have only one more month of both Arabic school and homeschool. In April we'll pack up our Khartoum household, fly to Kenya for a conference, spend the month of May in the States for Eli's brother's wedding and return to South Sudan in early June.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Cowcrow

I've never really thought about what we do with all the heads that belong to our hamburgers, steaks, and fillets.  Next time you take a bite, ponder that. 
I did, however, find one creative use while camping in the desert north of Khartoum, Sudan.  We were driving alongside the Nile where many people have put their farms and were suprised to find a very carefully constructed "Cowcrow".  Gross and Functional all at the same time.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Desert Camping Trip

 This weekend we left the great city of Khartoum for a bit of adventure in the desert. We and about 15 other families ventured 3 hours out of the city to camp and explore.

Just a little ways out of the city we discoverd the engine of the amjad/van was getting hot. We learned that it doesn't drive so well at faster speeds for longer times. :) Our driving caravan was kind to slow down and take a few "cool down" breaks with us. We were also stopped by the police and told that amjads were not allowed out of city limits because they tip easily at high speeds. This was one of those moments I was so thankful Eli knew Arabic so he could understand what the police were saying and explain that we didn't know about this rule. We still had to pay for the traffic violation but at least we can learn from our mistakes.

 Real off-roading here!

 Eli had to go back to the police checkpoint to retrieve his license which he left behind and while he was away the boys and I put up our tent and set up camp. We were very proud of ourselves!

 After setting up camp, Isaac was very very thirsty - check out the size of THAT water bottle!

 The boys were delighted to have tons of exploring to do with their friend Caleb. Here Isaac is holding a dried up goat leg. Yuck!

 This was a view of our campsite from high up on the rocks. I ventured up with a bunch of kids.

 As you can see I was a little nervous on the edge of the rock with all these little ones. I was glad when we started our descent. :)

 We found a great sand dune for jumping and rolling down. We had contests on who could get the most air. Isaac was a champ!

 Hot dogs for dinner!

 The boys even got to roast marshmallows

 Several people brought guitars and we enjoyed singing together around the campfire

 Isaac, Evan, and I woke up before Eli and Josh so we decided to go for a walk/hike to see the sunrise. It was incredible and will be an unforgettable memory for us!

 Isaac and Evan at the top of the rock just in time for sunrise

 After our sunrise adventure we came back with a large appetite for a breakfast of fruit, muffins, and other delightful things shared by other campers.


 Eli relaxes in the sand

The next morning we packed up camp and headed to the 6th Cataract - a place where there are multiple whirlpools in the Nile River. We found a nice cove for swimming - with no whirlpools!!! :)
Eli and Isaac were the first brave souls to enter the very cold water

 Isaac was proud to swim out to a rock island with Eli

 Evan on our boat ride

 Josh was a happy camper

 An oasis near the Nile River - this was an incredible sight after driving through the desert for a few days!
Everyone was tired and dusty when we finally got home (after stopping multiple times for the car to cool down) But we had such an amazing weekend in the desert - a one of a kind family excursion!!!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

I Do Not Like Green Okra Soup

In homeschool today, one of Isaac's assigments (we've been reading Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" this week) was to write a similar poem after choosing a food that he doesn't like and writing about it in the same fashion. He chose green okra soup which is a staple food in Sudan. It's slimy, green goo and not pleasant to the eyes or throat. :) He did a great job putting a poem together. I thought it sounded like a fun idea so I wrote my own version:

I do not like green okra soup
not even in a chicken coop
I would not eat it on a plate
I would not eat it on a date
I would not eat it with my bread
I would not eat it if it turned red
I would not eat it with some fish
with kisra, asida, or any other dish
I would not eat it with special spice
I can't even look at it, it's just not nice
I do not like green okra soup
I do not think that I can stoop
but let me try it so I can see
if it's really disgusting or quite tasty
Say! I like green okra soup today
and that's a good thing since I'm here to stay.