Monday, May 31, 2010

Some regular stuff (part 2)

Three days a week I volunteer in the office of the local Bible translation organization.    Here's me with Melody in the office.
Jesiah's turn for a sleepover on a Saturday night.  Well actually Sunday morning before church - hence the snazzy island dress I'm wearing...


 Helping Magreth in their co-op store up at her place.

Me, Jaen & Lee.

Jaen & Lloyd

All the kids.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ambyrm pics

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Pictures from the guys' Ambrym survey trip have arrived! 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Guys are back!

Well, Houghton and Jim surprised us all and returned yesterday, over a week early from their Ambrym/Santo islands trip.  I'm in the process of getting pictures from them to post soon, but as a quick update, it was a very successful trip in the sense that they made some great connections with ni-Vanuatu in the language group in Ambrym, got all of the language data they hoped to, and some good logistics information on Santo.  Thanks for praying for their safety.  They got some great documentation of the trip and we are excitedly planning now for our time as families there next month.  Pictures to come!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Some regular stuff (part 1)


There are a number of things here that are pretty regular in my schedule.  I realized recently that I don't usually think to photograph the regular stuff.  So here's part 1 of some regular things that happen on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  I'll post a "part 2" when I get pictures of the other "regulars". 

Grace and I learned Bible storytelling methods in Australia and get together weekly to practice old stories, craft new ones, and prepare for sharing them with others.  We shared the resurrection story with her youth group on Easter weekend. 

We've just finished Luke 9:28-62 so plan to share that in a few weeks.  Starting next week we will begin learning the stories from this passage in Bislama to hopefully share with ni-Vanuatu friends in the coming days! 

For a couple months now, Jesiah and Gwen have rotated Saturdays coming to my house in the evening, staying the night, and going to church with me in the AM.  It's fun to hang out with them one-on-one and as I've told Gretchen, having them over gives me motivation to cook real food and clean my house!  Addy had her first sleep-over at my house this weekend. 

Every other Thursday morning Tania, Gretchen and I have team women's prayer time together.  It has consistently been a huge encouragement and a great time for us to catch up on how things are going in each other's lives, have accountability, and connect as women working toward the same goal! 
A not-so-regular thing is meeting up with expat friends.  I got to hook up with my friend Anna last week and see how big her baby Simon has grown.  He was born in Vanuatu very very premature so was life-flighted to Australia but as you can see is doing well now!  She and I used to get together for Bible studies, Scripture memory, and prayer when I was here in 2008.  We also went to an exercise class together.  But she's on an island up north now so I see her just every few months. 

Even in the regular stuff in my life and yours, may we be working for the Lord and not for men, and glorifying Him in the day-to-day!