31 Aug

The day i got a Mango worm – by Dan (and Daddy)

Worm in Dans backI am not sure how I got my Mango worm.  They like to lay their eggs in damp cloths and if you aren’t carful and then wear them, they get into your skin! (READ MORE HERE)

We found it on Sunday August 25 2013 on my back but at first we weren’t sure what it was.  Mummy thought maybe it was a boil, daddy started to look at pictures on the Internet.  

As it grew, is was quite painful since it was getting bigger and bigger and the area on my back was getting red.  We tried to pop a dob of Vaseline on it to see if the worm would stick his head out, but nothing happened.

The suckign coke bottle trick

On Monday Daddy stuck a warm coke bottle around the worm then cooled it down in the hope that it would create suction and suck the worm out.   Unfortunately it didn’t work. 

The area was sore and itchy and I can’t tell you how, but I managed to scratch the area.  Mummy thought that the worm was trying to escape, but we weren’t sure and so stuck a plaster over the area to stop it from getting infected.

 



Worm sticking outThis was exciting!  Although I couldn’t see it, Mummy was checking out the area to see if I needed a new plaster.  She saw a little thing sticking out the side of the plaster!  She took the plaster off and there it was, the worm had started to crawl out of my back!  Daddy took a picture so I could see.

We tried the coke bottle trick again; mummy said it was interesting to watch the worm go from lying down to sticking straight up out of my back.  However, the suction wasn’t good enough to get the worm out L Mummy had a quick try with some tweezers but couldn’t’ get a good enough grip to get him out.  Next daddy tried to squeeze it out like other people do, it REALLY hurt and I roared like a lion, but the worm didn’t come out L.  Daddy dried the area and the worm and the tweezers with a bit of kitchen towel and then he tried with the tweezers and got the worm out! 

Mummy and I had a good time looking at the worm though a mini microscope.  It turns out that there was a little black thing on the end of the worm but I couldn’t tell what it was.  When mummy looked she told me it looked like a hook that maybe the worm uses to get under my skin! We also saw something that looked like eyes!

 

 

30 Aug

Prayer Update – 30th Aug 2013

Greetings from a rain soaked Jos. rain on the ground

We are definitely in the depths of the rainy season at the moment.  Almost every afternoon (right at about school pick up time – of course!) the skies open, thunder and lightning explode and we all get drenched! 

We are settling back into the routine of life here very well, catching up with friends and getting stuck into work.  

We have our Staff Conference (aka Business Meetings) in mid-September so Tim is busy with preparations towards that.  He is gathering reports from all the different departments to put together a booklet to help us all understand what everyone else is up to without taking up hours with presentations at the meetings. 

PABTEN recently incorperated in Nigeria but were forced to change thier name, they are now known as IBTEN.  Tim has been in the middle of this process and in now redeveeloping the website (again!)  One cool thing he is tryign to do is some more work with SIL International in Dallas towards a system that will enable the display of Nigerian language materials on the new site.

There has been a lot of work (scriptures translated, adult literacy materials produced, etc.) done in some Nigerian languages but that work is useless if people can’t access it.  One way for them to do that is on the web – so Tim is working on a way to share the materials that have been produced.  Thos ematerials are stored in the systems that I am involved in populating.  In other words I put the work into the database and Tim’s website will pull copies of it out to display (and be downloadable) on the website!

Dan has had a good start to his new school year.  He has made good friends with one of the new kids in the class, which is a big answer to prayer.  We are praying that he will continue to develop healthy, strong relationships with his classmates throughout this year.

worm in Dan's backNot on such a good note, the local wildlife decided to get stuck into Dan a few days ago.  There is a particularly odious insect here that lays eggs on damp clothes, then when you put the clothing on, the egg hatches and the larvae burrows its way into your flesh where it feasts and grows fat.  Despite my best efforts on the drying-laundry-thoroughly front Dan developed one of these, affectionately named, mango worms.  After much shenanigans, we managed to get the larvae out, much to Dan’s relief.  For those among you who would like more details – Tim or maybe even Dan will be blogging all the gory ones in due time!

 

 

 

Praise

  • Good start to term for Dan
  • Settling in well back at work
  • Seeing friends again

Prayer

  • Godly friendships for Dan
  • Good preparation for the Staff Conference
22 Aug

Settling back in – sustainability

We’re been back for 2 weeks already – Dan is back in school, I’ve settled back at my desk, things are moving forward. We are starting to get supplies back in the house and re-finding our routines. Praise God for his faithfulness in this time!

 

 

 

Even better than just settling in – I’ve done a few very overdue jobs! I’ve fixed the screen door on the front which helps keep the bugs and mosquitoes out – meaning one less way to get sick! I got a friend in and we put up a bunch of shelving, paintings, and even a chin-up bar! I even managed a couple the other day – got to start somewhere 😉

 

 

 

We’ve been pondering near the end of our last term and while were in the UK what things we need to do in order to keep the stress down and increase our sustainability in N1geria. There are SO many little irritations in life – I won’t play down anyone’s annoyances – it doesn’t matter where you are or what they are – for any given person they are irritating. Reducing those annoyances as much as possible is a good way to increase sustainability. One of the not-so-small ones for us is the power situation out here. I took the plunge today and purchased batteries to create a better back-up power situation at our house. Over the next couple of days I’ll get them installed and hopefully even where there isn’t power we’ll be able to keep the fridge cold (so not having to throw out food – something that really winds me up), we’ll be able to have light in the evening and hopefully we won’t have to run the generator (noisy and expensive) as often

14 Aug

Prayer Update – Home safe and sound.

Greetings from N1geria again!

We arrived back in Jos mid-morning on Friday after a safe flight and drive from Abuja. The morning of the day we were due to fly (Thursday) I suddenly realised that my thyroxine tablets (a daily medication that keeps my metabolism going) had not arrived in the post.  We thought they had arrived much earlier but the package we thought contained them turned out to be sausage casings!  On calling the suppliers it turned out that due to a miscommunication they had not in fact posted them and were expecting me to collect them. So following a brief period of panic stations we came to the conclusion that the only way to be sure of getting them in time was for me to travel into London on the train and pick them up myself.  Thankfully the suppliers were willing to pay for my train fare as they acknowledged that they were at fault for not posting them.  So I hopped onto a train at the bustling Haddenham and Thame Parkway and made my way to London – not what I had expected to be doing on the morning of our departure!  I was able to make it there, collect the tablets and get home again in less than 3 hours so I wasn’t even late for lunch.  Never been more grateful for a combination of good public transport, living close to London and over-night flights! IMG_9534

Tim’s organisational skills were put to good use in packing our 9 cases.  After repeated checking on multiple weighing devices he was still not confident that none were over the limit so we approached the check-in desk with a small amount of trepidation and lots of prayer. The poor bloke who was on the desk had been on shift since 4.45am and in his words “my desire to finish my shift far outweighs your desire to have underweight bags” so despite several bags being a touch on the heavy side (fine example of British understatement) he didn’t charge us any extra! Thank you Lord!

On the other side of security we met up with another family travelling back to Nigeria with their three young girls, it was great to have friends to pass the time with until our flight took off at 10.50pm.  Despite the late hour the kids did really well and all was peaceful during the flight. 

We arrived in a wet, rather chilly Abuja at about 5 am and proceeded through immigration without a hitch – again thank you Lord!  After much careful manoeuvring we finally fitted all our bags into the car, squeezed in ourselves and headed to Jos.  It was wonderful to get back into our own home and unpack all the bits and bobs that we brought back with us. 

 

Thank you so much to all of you who gave us your hospitality while we were in the UK, it was great to see you all but I must admit that it is very good to be home!

 

School starts again on Thursday and they are woefully short of teachers.  This places a great burden on the teachers and on the administration as they try to work out how to cover all the classes.  Please pray that God will give the administration wisdom and that He will provide the necessary teachers.

 

Praise

Good health while we were in the UK

Being able to return on schedule

Safely back home and settling back into life here

 

Prayer

Wisdom for Hillcrest administration

More teachers for Hillcrest

A good start to the year for Dan and good relations with his classmates

06 Aug

Prayer Update Return to Nigeria

Greetings from our last stop before Nigeria!

These past few weeks have been hectic.  We came back from Nigeria for a scheduled 2 month furlough in June – and we had to jump headlong into fundraising.  It isn't our favourite activity, but when you find yourself £700 short in your ministry budget every month, you don't have much choice. You have to get on with it.  Almost all missionaries around the world (no matter what ministry they are involved in or who they are sent with) don't get paid a salary and have to raise support.  Anyway, we have chatted over coffee, dinner, coffee, lunch, and more coffee (which is okay, we LOVE coffee). We have shared and preached, laughed and cried, asked and prayed and prayed some more, then asked some more, then got miffed at God, not prayed then realized that telling God I'm miffed at him is in fact praying – and seen God continue his faithfulness regardless.

We haven't completely hit the target (so if you have been considering supporting us but not got round to it yet, drop us a quick line), but we are close enough, and there are enough things in place that we have been signed off to return to Nigeria. Yahoo!!  So on Thursday this week, we will be winging our way back home to Nigeria.  We are excited and delighted to be heading back and looking forward to the next 2 years in Jos.

It is not possible to properly express our gratitude to all the people and churches that are giving sacrificially so that we can serve God in Nigeria. We truly appreciate both your prayers and your pounds – we would honestly not be able to do what we do without you.  

Before we first left for Nigeria 2 years ago, we started working on becoming part of our church denomination's mission structure. We are pleased to announce that as of this week, we are signed up as Elim missionaries working in partnership with Wycliffe. We'll still be involved in all the same things we were before, but with the extra bonus of being backed by our denomination.

Talk to you next on the other side!

Praise
All those people and churches who are part of supporting the work of Bible Translation
Being able to return to Nigeria all together on schedule
For a house to stay in for our last few days while we sort out and pack

Prayer
That we are able to sort out all our packing and fit everything in!
That we will be able to find the remaining people to become part of our support team
Safe travel to Nigeria (plane to Abuja leaving 10pm Thurs evening, then car to Jos)

03 Aug

Newish Beginnings

IMG_9286Newish number 1 -) These past few weeks have been hectic.  We came back form Nigeria for a scheduled 2 month break in June – and we had to jump headlong into fundraising.

It isn't our favourite activity, but when you find yourself £700 short of your ministry every month, you don't have much choice. You have to get on with it.

Almost all missionaries around the world (no matter what ministry they are involved in or who they are sent with) don't get paid a salary and have to raise support. It is one of those things that binds us missionaries together — along with Jesus, and sharing Jesus to people, and playing our part in growing God's kingdom… Sometimes I wonder if loathing fundraising doesn't bring us closer together sometimes, too!  

Anyway, we have chatted over coffee, dinner, coffee, lunch, and more coffee (which is okay, we LOVE coffee). We have shared and preached, laughed and cried, asked and prayed and prayed some more, then asked some more, then got miffed at God, not prayed then realized that telling God I'm miffed at him is in fact praying – and seen God continue his faithfulness regardless.

We haven't completely hit the target, but we are close enough, and there are enough things in place that we have been signed off to return to Nigeria.

It is not possible to properly express our gratitude to all the people and churches that are giving sacrificially so that we can serve God in Nigeria. We truly appreciate both your prayers and your pounds – we would honestly not be able to do what we do without you.  

Newish number 2 -) Before we first left for Nigeria 2 years ago, we started working on becoming part of our church denomination's mission structure.

I have thought long and hard how best to describe it, but basically, as of this week, we are signed up as Elim missionaries working in partnership with Wycliffe. We'll still be involved in all the same things we were before, but with the extra bonus of being backed by our denomination. We are in the VERY early stages of this partnership and we are looking forward to seeing what God does in this stage of our ministry. 

Newish number 3 -) I have uploaded a few pics of our time in the UK  

Newish number 4 -) Do you like our new website design?

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