The Present, A Gift.

In 29 days we will visit the USA for 6 weeks.  We look forward to this trip.  We have been gone from the states for a year and a half, we are eager to see family, friends, and familiar places.  Josiah looks forward to an American hotdog.  Samuel dreams of Frosty Boy...

MAY 2013

            April’s highlight was the Prayer Journey. We had a group of  people come to Madrid to travel from here to the south of Spain. What was their journey and its purpose? To pray for the nation of Spain and its people as they...

More Transitions and a Catch-Up Post

Like many other bloggers, it seems we could always begin our update with an apology for not writing more. We do wish that we were more disciplined to write more often. You are faithfully supporting us with prayers and finances and we are thankful that those are not...

Living Lies

I am not less.  Last week, I typed those words and felt them in the depths of my soul.  I am not less.  I clicked publish.  All was well…until I did my pre-bedtime facebook check.  I was surprised to hear from some long lost friends (that I was sure did NOT read...

I am not less.

My latest obsession is photography filters.  They radically transform my pictures.  It never fails, I see something beautiful and I want to capture it, so I take a picture like this: But the image doesn’t “grab me” or excite me like it does in real...

MARCH 2013

MARCH 2013   GREETINGS FROM MADRID SPAIN. We want to bring you up to date on what is happening in the FMC of Spain. By now you probably know that we have three churches that are alive and well. Iglesia Emanuel (Lanzarote) Olive Branch (Murcia) and Luz y Vida (...

Busy days ahead….

    The Christmas and New Year celebrations are passed us now and February is coming to a fast end.  I am already hearing and reading from different sources about Easter programs for this year. WOW! Time is flying by… does that mean we are having a ton of...

Life Together with the Loewens

Let’s Take a Family Mission Trip! This month we are hosting the Loewen family from Wenatchee, Washington. Janette and I connected with Jason and Heidi before coming to Burundi over a year ago. From that first conversation in their home, we began discussing the...

Birthday Candles and a Fire in the Market

On Sunday, January 27th, I celebrated my 42nd birthday. We enjoyed time with visiting professors at a local restaurant (Club du Lac Tanganyika), Ultimate Frisbee in the afternoon, and dinner with our LongMilesCoffee friends in the evening. 42 isn’t particularly...

A NEW Year…and ready for an OLD one!

January 18 marks our one year anniversary of life in Africa.  It was a year of NEWNESS and challenge.  Let us take you on a photo journey of some of our transitions and changes. NEW faces, new languages and new rules challenged us daily.  Samuel led the way in making...

HAPPY NEW YEAR

It is a new year already and I don’t know about you, but for me this past year flew by and some times it feels like it was never going to end, do you know what I mean? In our church in Rivas 2012 we declared it “The year of God’s faithfulness “ and we thank God that...

Village Health Works

On Sunday, the Missional Millers visited the Village Health Works (VHW) project in Kigutu, Burundi. It is a 1.5 hour drive south from Bujumbura along the lake before driving up into the mountains. Even though the day was overcast and the views were hazy, we were still...

Goodbye Grandparents

After 7 lovely weeks with Janette’s parents we are preparing to say goodbye.  The kids are growing tearful as we enter our final days. We cannot even say what a blessing it has been to have such a relaxing and free time to hang out and make memories together. ...

Our First Medical School Graduates!

What a month!  We are delighted to share with you the graduating class of 2012.  These young doctors have put in many hours writing, defending and correcting their theses.  We are pleased with their results and are confident that many in this group will go on to do...

Recycled Christmas

  Christmas decorations were not included in the “absolutely essential items” that accompanied us in our 12 suitcases to Africa (but an excessive amount of warm clothes for the boys were…it is 70-80 degrees here year round, figure that one...

Can You Hear Me Now? Transition to FMCUSA

Technical Difficulties Our website has been moved to the FMC-USA family of blogs. We are glad to have that team supporting us and our sometimes technologically-challenged selves. There were, however, several new posts to our blog that you were not informed about. We...

November Update

        Thank you for reading our blog and being patient with me, as I get a bit better at blogging. I am thankful for all of you and your commitment to us .   What we’ve been up to the last few weeks…    Participated in a town wide...

To Kibuye and Back Again

Expanding Our Focus Last week, I traveled with Dr. Eric and Dr. Innocente to Kibuye Hope Hospital (KHH). I am not a big fan of the 2.5 hour trip on twisting mountain roads, especially when I’m not driving, and when we are riding in a car whose steering wheel is...

La Mesa… Reaching Out

Recently we had an opportunity to visit a new church plant in Nogales, Sonora, a mission begun by lay leaders from the Los Encinos church, Horacio and Nohemí (Photo: right).  Our hearts were touched when we saw what God is doing here and when we saw the scope of the...

A special friendship

God surprised me with a special friendship in the last month.  We met at her wedding but since then God has opened the door for us to encourage one another weekly.  Her name is Christine and she is Congolese.   Her husband is one of our doctors at the clinic.  A...

WORSHIP

  Worship: the act of expressing our reverence and gratitude to our God. DEAR FRIENDS, We all know how important praise and worship time is during our church services and gatherings. We would like to ask for your prayers for our small worship team here in Rivas. We...

Music to my ears…

Baraka Designs Sewing Center (Baraka means Blessings) I couldn’t help but smile as I approached the big blue container at church a few weeks ago. As I got closer, I could hear the humming of machines..sewing machines that is! And it was music to my ears—praise music!...

The journey of beans

Learning to like new things is a part of changing cultures.  Bishop David Roller had a saying he would share with children making the cross-over.  “It’s not worse. It’s not better.  It’s just different.”  One youngster revised that mantra...

Faces of Burundi by Hannah

  Hannah has found her niche.  She delights in taking pictures of curious children and showing them their image.  She is developing her eye for photography, and we share with you these friendly smiles from upcountry. 

Preaching in Tenga

There was no way around it…Joel was being asked to preach and we were heading to Tenga.  It is just outside of the capital city of Bujambura.  But the 25 minute drive made us feel like we were upcountry.  No running water, outhouses (Josiah got his first chance...

Working out the Details

We had the privilege of having Dr Tim and Connie Kratzer here for a visit this month.  They have spent time both at Kibuye Hospital and back at their home from years ago in Nundu, Congo.  Friends from Kibagora days have also found them here.  It has been a joy to see...

End of summer

    The end of summer 2012 is fast approaching. Our girls started school this week and it seems like we are suddenly thrown back to “normality” What does summer time mean to you?   For us summer means a few different but significant things. It means we pack...

SCHOOL!!

Hi, this is Hannah, today was school, and it was awesome except for math and what to write with. Math was hard because I’m not so good at it and because there had to be this certain kind of paper. The other thing was that the teacher (Monsieur Paul) is strict...

Ambitious Beginning for Van Norman Clinic

On August 9, 2012, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza officially opened the Van Norman Clinic. The clinic is located across the street from Hope Africa’s main campus in Bujumbura. The Minister of Health was also on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and a...

Urban Youth Camp

  Urban Youth Camp ¨Sirviendo a Otros”… This week we are having our very first Urban youth camp.  We have 21 kids participating, mostly from the Island of Lanzarote.  Our camp director is pastor Vito from the Emmanuel FMC in Lanzarote. The theme of the camp is ...

Welcome

God has used family, friends, and an exploratory trip to confirm that our next adventure will be in Burundi. And so it begins again- learning a new language (French with a side of Kirundi), simplifying our home, and walking the kids through yet another transition....
Six months today

Six months today

We landed in Burundi six months ago today on January 18. In that time we have celebrated 5 of our 6 birthdays (maybe Hannah’s doesn’t count because it was on Jan 17 in the air and she received no party or presents…we still need to redo that one I...