After our extended stay in Kenya for orientation and meetings, we returned to a 2 bedroom apartment on the campus of HAU. We are thankful for that space but let’s be honest here- it was getting a bit cramped after a few days. Thankfully, the student center started supplying our lunches which took some of the load off the tiny kitchen. We enjoyed time with the other volunteers working at HAU and the opportunity to get some more transition details taken care of in the city. We opened a bank account and investigated the Belgian school where we plan to send the kids next school year.

Off to Kibuye…Again

Having completed those tasks, we realized that we could probably be doing the waiting in Kibuye rather than here. When the

Ezekiel holding up insides of butchered chicken while Butoye watches in Kibuye

Where do chicken nuggets come from, Mommy?

Vibberts offered a ride, we quickly packed our bags and headed up country to once again install ourselves in the mission house. The kids are tired of transitions and ready to have their own house. However, they were glad to be back in Kibuye with plenty of space inside and outside. We also enjoy the cooler nights compared to the heat in Bujumbura! They are getting in to a rhythm of school in the morning- Math, French, Kirundi- and more relaxed schedules in the afternoon. They often have opportunities to learn unique lessons like the one pictured.

Gap-Bridgers

Our kids are still novelties in the Kibuye area. The local people are used to seeing adults come from the West to serve in the hospital but many of them have never seen children who look so different. When they get a chance, the Burundian kids like to hear our kids talk and like to touch their skin and hair. It is a little overwhelming at times, but our kids have been very generous and willing to be on display- on good days at least. The gap between these Kibuye kids and our kids is so huge- language, skin color,

Hannah, Leah, Samuel, and Josiah holding sticks while seated on outside ledge in Kibuye, Burundi

Who needs television when you can play with sticks?

socioeconomic status, nutrition. But that gap can be quickly bridged by a smile or an act of kindness. We’re thankful today that although the gap between us and our Father was so huge, Jesus made a way. Let’s continue to look with hopefulness to the bridging of the gaps in our lives and around the world.