August 21, 2015

Beginnings and Endings

  Both beginning and ending have their joys and challenges. Seemingly, we are either looking back or planning ahead these days. Here are a few paragraphs about some of these transitions. Presidential Inauguration Burundi is experiencing a beginning today. Pierre Nkurunziza’s third Presidential inauguration took place yesterday (Thursday). In an apparent effort to avoid promised […]

June 22, 2015

Burundi’s Two Worlds…

Burundi continues to be a country full of contrasts and contradictions. Many of our friends and students are fearful of the future and have either left the country or are waiting at home with their families. In the capital city Bujumbura, the threat of violence or harassment by protestors or police prevents citizens from confidently […]

May 22, 2015

Walking Together

   Walking the Red Dirt Road This is my walk home from the hospital each morning and afternoon. Kibuye is a small community and this red dirt is everywhere (and on every piece of our boys’ clothing). I have gone many days without even getting into a car. We have Burundian friends who bring us […]

April 25, 2015

Waiting in Bujumbura…

A beautiful calm Saturday morning in Burundi. But things are not as they appear.  As we drove the 2.5 hours down through the gorgeous mountainous countryside yesterday from Kibuye to Bujumbura, I kept seeing our beautiful normal Burundi. Lush greens, layers of hills textured like quilts with fields of beans and rice and umugali. Red […]

March 20, 2015

Is It Possible To Condense 3 Months of Life Into 1 Blog Post?

I probably should dedicate a post to each of these several events but that seems overwhelming at the moment. We have a decidedly first world problem in that our older computer has recently failed. Now we are sharing the laptop previously dedicated to homeschool and these photos have been gleaned from my phone and the […]

March 12, 2015

Hannah’s Thanksgiving List

A big secure house, the brick wall around it, our kitchen that comes with Moïse, the good food he cooks, meat, the cows that are killed for it, water to drink, and wash in, a filter to clean it and keep us healthy, shoes and clothes to wear, the rain that washes away the dust, […]

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 […]

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