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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...