Saturday, January 16, 2016

Refreshment in Burundi

Fader Family in Burundi 

For Christmas this year, our gift from the Lord was to spend 3 1/2 weeks with most of Eli's family! Not only did we get a good chunk of time together but we got a chance to experience the lives of two of Eli's brothers and their families in a remote area in Burundi where they serve as missionaries.

Evan with his Opa working in the dirt

We enjoyed pitching in and helping with several projects. One of the things we did was plant flowers and a vegetable garden.

Motorcycles are always involved when the Faders get together!

A Source of the Nile
 Even though Burundi is a small country, it is full of many beautiful and exotic places to visit. During our visit we:  hiked to waterfalls, swam in hot springs, camped overnight in the wildnerness, found another source of the Nile River, and climbed pyramids.

Swimming in the hot springs

All the cousins on Christmas Morning

We were thrilled to get to meet our 6 month old nephew, Hudson. Originally we thought he'd be 3 by the time we met him for the first time!



Total Relaxation

Father/Son Rides

The Annual Hospital Party

Jason and Caleb, Eli's brothers, were both awarded gifts of appreciation by the Hospital Board.

Building an exam table for the hospital

Those of you who know Eli know that he loves projects. There were plenty of projects for him to do while we were in Burundi. In this photo, along with Evan and a Burundian fellow, they built an examination table for the hospital.

We are now in Kenya for a few weeks attending meetings and our annual conference with our SIM South Sudan team. We will fly back to South Sudan on February 2, feeling rested, refreshed, and ready for a new year.


Sandy said...

Love this post. What a joyful reunion!!! Thanks for sharing pictures of your adventures together.

Jared Staples said...

So glad you hear about your time of refreshment! Would like to sit in one of those hot springs with you some day! Love you, Bethany! (This is Leeann, even though it says Jared...just to clarify...even though I'm sure Jared would like to visit the hot spring, too! :))

Cindy said...

So joyful to be in Burundi with you for a bit. These photos are a delightful remembrance!! Your family is precious.