December 5, 2014

New Equipment for Van Norman Clinic

Thanks to a generous donation from a family in Southwest Michigan, we are better able to care for patients at Van Norman Clinic in Bujumbura. It took months for their gift to make it through all of the levels of accountability in the U.S. and Burundi (and we are glad for those safeguards). As we […]

November 21, 2014

Hospital Feeding Pilot Program

Meet Suzanne Pesak.  She is a Dutch woman living here in Burundi with her family.  She approached me this past spring with an idea.  Suzanne had visited a hospital in Bujumbura and was concerned by the lack of basic care the patients received.  Many people can barely pay their doctor bill which leaves no money […]

November 11, 2014

A Kenya Getaway

The final week in October was fall break for our children and we took the opportunity to see some African animals at the Nairobi Game Park with some friends.  We were flying to Kenya for our 3 day Africa Area Missionary Retreat for the Free Methodist Church that is held every two years.  We simply […]

October 31, 2014

Lip Sync, Music Video, Photo Montage- All Rolled Up Into One!

Janette and the kids spent many hours bringing together this project for our FM Missionary Retreat in Kenya. Janette would have liked to have fixed a few more glitches but ran out of time. Enjoy the music…or at least enjoy the glimpse into some of our life in Burundi! We did purchase these songs in […]

October 25, 2014

rai·son d’être

rai·son d’être noun \ˌrā-ˌzōⁿ-ˈdetrə\ : the thing that is most important to someone or something : the reason for which a person or organization exists On October 21st, I had the privilege of participating in the first national Burundian Christian Healthcare Professionals Conference. The Christian Medical Student Fellowship (CMSF) organized the gathering which included hundreds […]

October 22, 2014

Over the Borderline

Last week, I joined veteran missionaries Randy and Alice Matthewson (and Dr. Dave and Carol Crandall) on my first Congo adventure. Even the word “Congo” invokes images of mystery and danger in our culture. We think of Crichton novels and rebel militia running wild amongst gorillas and gold mines. Growing up Free Methodist means that […]

September 30, 2014

Transition for Missional Millers

As you may recall, when we first landed in Burundi in January 2012, we immediately went up the mountainous road to the country’s interior. Our destination was Kibuye Hospital, an aging facility with insufficient staff but a long history of compassionate service to the community. Veteran Kibuye missionaries Frank and Carol Ogden were our hosts […]

September 16, 2014

A Beginning in Burenza

Last weekend, I traveled to the interior of Burundi with John and Diana Nally who are visiting from Jackson, Michigan. Bishop Deogratias joined us on our journey to Mweya and Burenza. What a privilege to hear the Nallys’ heart for Burundi and to get a clearer picture of Deo’s plans for the coming months. Mweya […]

August 27, 2014

Doorbell Thieves and the Burundian Economy

Last week, a person or group made their way along our street stealing all of the doorbells. This practice is well known in Burundi and could perhaps be considered a micro-enterprise. An item is stolen from the house or, more frequently, from a vehicle while it is parked in town. The part is probably not […]

August 22, 2014

No Ebola in Burundi

Some of you have asked if we are afraid of Ebola or if it is a risk for us these days. Thank you for your concern. We are glad that there are no cases of Ebola virus infection in Burundi or in the surrounding countries. For the geographically challenged, Africa is a wide continent and […]

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