April 5, 2014

Video Tour of HAU Medical 2014

We hope you enjoy this 5 minute video which highlights some of the people and services offered in the two Hope Africa University clinical sites: Clinic Van Norman and Kibuye Hope Hospital. Janette spent quite a few hours putting this together and persevered through countless computer and video editing program crashes to get this to […]

April 1, 2014

Official Recognition and Diplomas on the Way

After months of discussions, inspections and negotiations, the Burundian Ministry of Higher Education has finally approved the HAU medical education program. Various doctors, administrators and government officials have been involved in this process. It is a testimony to their hard work and perseverance that this day has finally arrived. Graduates Able to Take Next Steps […]

March 6, 2014

Les Chutes

Some of you may have read my blues confession last week.  I appreciated reading your responses.  Sometimes what we need is a re-newed perspective.  That came in the form of a therapeutic trip upcountry for our  family.  It will be shared with you in parts (since we took over 1,100 pictures).  The easiest to share […]

February 25, 2014

Confessions of a Blue Missionary

A personal update has been missing from this site for too long.  I have been waiting for the right feeling.  You know, the God is amazing, life is amazing, I am amazing feeling.  Well, it’s not happening.  Pretty much since we returned in August,  I have felt depressed.  Not the “I can’t function or get […]

February 19, 2014

Praying With And For The Other

In 1995, Burundi was at war. In that context, the International Bible Society (IBS) published a tract in Burundi that asked a challenging question: Where have God’s People Gone? The large majority of Burundians claim to be Christians. This is true regardless of the political or tribal group with which one identifies. Operation World estimates […]

January 22, 2014

Life on my farm. (A post by Hannah)

Hi this is Hannah, Guess what, my guinea pig, Twix, just had a baby! Half of him is dark brown and black like his dad, Speedy Gonzales and the other half light brown and caramel like his mother, Twix. I am so happy! I named him Zeus, after the greek god. Zeus (the guinea pig) […]

January 19, 2014

Making Space in My Mind

The Annual Ritual With the new year upon us, there is a tendency to want to add a healthy habit or subtract an unhealthy one. The options run from the secular (I will exercise more, I will eat more vegetables, I will stop checking my iPhone so often) to the spiritual (I will pray more, […]

December 16, 2013

Advent Resources To Help Us Wait Well

This is the season when our culture begins speeding rapidly toward Christmas. People are frantically chasing sales at stores or spending hours online looking for that perfect gift. We struggle to resist that commercial current that has become so entwined with Christmas. We fill our schedules with holiday parties and church events. Travel and vacation […]

November 22, 2013

The End of The Year

Reign of Christ Did you realize that this Sunday is the last Sunday of the year in the church calendar? It is called the Reign of Christ Sunday and precedes the first Sunday in Advent. (It used to be called the Sunday of Doom by one Swedish denomination. That one might get some traction today, […]

November 11, 2013

Do We Have A Memorandum of Understanding For That?

This week we had the opportunity to host Mike and Vickie Reynen and Glenn Snyder for a couple of nights. The Reynens came down from Nairobi, Kenya from whence they give leadership to FMWM efforts in Africa. Glenn Snyder is an Internal Medicine doctor who serves as liaison between FMWM and its medical work around […]

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