Greetings from dusty Jos!
The Harmattan winds have swept in from the Sahara and we are experiencing the joys of being able to write messages in the dust on the table within hours of wiping it.
We had a great Christmas with our two Mums. After a few challenges with the issuing of the visas, especially for Tim’s Mum, the travel here went fairly smoothly. On the road between Abuja and Jos they did hit a bit of trouble and their driver had to find another route but they finally arrived in Jos just after midday, tired but happy to be here. It was lovely to be able to introduce them to friends here and have them join in with our Christmas activities. They travelled back to the UK on New Year’s Day and left us with a house that suddenly seemed much more empty and quiet.
The quiet did not last too long as our good friends the Barnhoorns arrived back from their Canadian furlough on the 2nd of January. This is the family with four kids that we stayed with last summer in Canada. It is great to have them back as we all enjoy hanging out with them. School resumed for Daniel a couple of weeks ago and he was delighted to find that Stephen Barnhoorn is in all the same classes as him!
We are pretty busy at the moment at the office. SIL Nigeria had an auditor in for a couple of weeks to perform an Internal Control Review. As Tim is responsible for most of the areas that are covered by the review he had to do a fair bit of work with him. Tim also had to drive to Abuja (5 hours give or take) the weekend before last to meet with one of our staff who is passing through Abuja on his way north, but the bonus was that he was able to pick up the auditor from the airport and bring him to Jos. This gave them a great chance to get to know each other a bit before the real work started!
I have taken on a new short-term role (on top of my normal job) that will run from now until late June or so. A bit of background first . . . we already have a number of Nigerian Missionary Staff (i.e. Nigerians raising financial support from donors, rather than receiving a salary, just like us!) working for SIL Nigeria. We are planning the next set of training for a new group of Nigerian Missionary Staff to join the organisation. I have been asked to fulfil the role of Resource Assistant for this training. This basically means getting all the materials printed, making sure that rooms are set up appropriately, providing administrative support during the training itself, and no doubt several other things that will become clearer as we go along! I am glad to be involved in supporting the training as I strongly believe that the Nigerian Missionary Staff model is vital, however it is going to be a stretch on top of my normal job.
Thank you for all that you do to support our work here in Nigeria! If you can, please do take 5 minutes or so to pray for these things:
Great Christmas with the Mums
Safe travel for Tim to and from Abuja
Internal Control Review outcomes will be helpful and result in improved processes
Wisdom and energy to balance the demands of my job at the office and Tim’s and Daniel’s needs at home.
For Tim as he attends the Sharpening your interpersonal skills workshop next week.