Monthly Archives: January 2008

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe and Gilbert left the house this morning a little after 8:00.  They dropped the pizza off at the church first.  Gilbert knew that they were going to see the boys, and he told Joe that he had gone the wrong way.  Then, they headed to Bingerville to pick up some of Bob Mach’s group.  They ate at a restaurant in Abidjan and then headed to Bassam to do some souvenir shopping. 

After they finished their shopping, they went to the Posts’ house to unload all of the suitcases so that the souvenirs could be packed.  They ate supper with the Posts.  Then, Joe and Dan reloaded the luggage while the men took showers.  Then, they headed to the airport.  Gilbert was disappointed because he wanted to go on an airplane too.

Danny and I had a quiet day at home.  We played and watched movies.  It was a fun day. 

When Joe and Gilbert got home, Gilbert and Danny were so excited to see each other.  Gilbert said, “Let me hold Danny.  Laugh, Danny, laugh!”  Danny was squealing and laughing.  They chased each other around the house for quite awhile.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe spent another day at the mechanic.  They needed to replace one more spring.  Then, they had to make some adjustments on the brakes.  He will have to take it somewhere else on Friday to get the fuel injectors adjusted.

The power went off this morning for about an hour.  Joe kept trying to call and couldn’t get through; so, he figured the power was off.  The breaker outside had tripped.  I had checked it, but I didn’t know exactly what I was supposed to do.  Joe called the Litsons to see if the power was off.  Sarah told him that it had just come back on.  He tried to call again and couldn’t get through.  So, he decided to come home for lunch and check the breaker at the same time.  Miraculously, when he got home, the power came back on!  : )

Yesterday, a man in the church had stopped by the mechanic’s place to invite Joe for lunch.  They had cow hoof and atchike.  That man came again about lunch time; that was another reason why he decided to come home for lunch.  He discovered that cow hoof is not one of his favorite dishes!

Our missions conference started this evening.  Jeanette, the national pastor’s wife, and I sang a special.  We had good services.  There were seven missionaries there tonight.  Two were from Burkina Faso, and the others are serving in different places in Ivory Coast.

I volunteered to make pizza for lunch for the missionaries tomorrow.  So, I finished those up tonight after church.  Joe is going to Bingerville tomorrow to help Bob Mach transport the group of men to go souvenir shopping and then to the airport.  So, Joe will drop the pizzas off at the church before he heads to Bingerville.

Danny is feeling much better today.  Thank you for praying for him.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe took the vehicle to the mechanic today to start getting things ready for the yearly inspection.  They took the vehicle apart and fixed the brakes, suspension, steering, electrical problems, etc.  The mechanic had to send someone to get parts.  They came back with the wrong parts and had to go back.  When they found the right parts, they were more expensive; so, they had to come back for more money.  Needless to say, Joe spent a long day under the shade tree.

Ivory Coast played against Mali in the Africa Cup of Nations this evening.  Joe got in on all of the excitement.  Ivory Coast won 3 to 0, which puts them in the quarter finals.  Joe said that no less than 3,000 people ran down the street right next to him.  They were beating on cans and waving flags.  Joe said all of the dogs were barking too.  They are serious about soccer here! 

Joe got home just before 20:00.  They got the car all put back together again.

Danny is feeling better today.  He still has the diarrhea, but the fever and vomiting are gone.  His teeth are still bothering him; so, he hasn’t been very happy.  But, Gilbert was happy that at least Danny would play with him today and laugh at him.  Yesterday, Gilbert was sad; he said, “Mom, Danny can’t even laugh.”

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Monday, January 28, 2008

Bonjour,

The starter went out on our vehicle yesterday.  We had to get a rolling start to get it started.  Joe took it to the mechanic first thing this morning and was back up and going by 9:30.  He took Max into Abidjan to get some things for the Missions Conference later this week.

Danny didn’t sleep well last night.  He had the diarrhea all through the night.  This morning, he had a fever.  While Joe was gone, Danny’s fever went up to 102, and Danny was just miserable.  We thought it might be malaria since those are two of the symptoms.  Joe told me to schedule a doctor’s appointment for this afternoon.

Joe got back from Abidjan about 2:30.  Joe held Danny for a few minutes.  Just after he handed Danny back to me, Danny puked everywhere.  We took Gilbert over to the Litsons’ house and headed to Abidjan at 2:45 for our 3:45 appointment. 

The doctor said that he has seen several people in the past few days with the symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting.  He looked in Danny’s mouth, and Danny has two bottom molars coming in.  The doctor said that the teeth were causing the fever.  The other symptoms were caused by a stomach virus.  So, he gave us some medicine to start Danny on right away to help his stomach. 

Danny is already feeling a lot better this evening.  He just wanted to be held all day, but now he is playing and getting into trouble again.  He still has the diarrhea, but he hasn’t puked anymore.  His mouth is still hurting, but his fever has gone down.

We did not go to see David because we didn’t want him to catch Danny’s stomach virus.  But, we did ask the doctor how he is doing.  He is talking and responding now.  His fever has come down, and his malaria count is coming down as well.  He has some type of infection in his stomach.  They will do a procedure tomorrow with a scope to see what is causing that problem.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  There were twelve teenagers for Joe’s class today.  They were able to get all of the information for those twelve written down, but they couldn’t have their class today because the bamboo structure still needs a roof.  They are going to work on that this week. 

I helped in Sarah’s class during Sunday School.  I think we ended up with fifteen who were four and under.  Then, for junior church, all of the kids are together outside.

We were all ready for naps today.  The heat just zaps our energy especially when we are outside for any length of time.

We had a good service at the Anyama church tonight.  The missions conference starts on Wednesday; everyone is geared up for that.

Please continue to pray for David Messer.  He opens his eyes and follows people with his eyes, but he still isn’t talking. 

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting with Matt this morning.  They had some good visits.

The Litson girls came over to play with the boys this morning.  I got some things done around the house.

This afternoon, there was a ladies’ meeting at church.  Joe kept the kids, and Matt took the ladies to the meeting.  It was supposed to start at 15:00, but it didn’t get started until 16:00.  Margie spoke about being just.  Then, the ladies asked some good questions.  We had a good time.

Joe had supper ready when I got home.  The boys were waiting for me out by the gate.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Friday, January 25, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went with Matt to Belleville this morning to continue the work on the bamboo structure.  They got all of the bamboo up.  Now, they just need to put the cardboard and plastic on top.

The boys were busy playing this morning.  Every time I turned around, they had the brooms out again.  They were “helping” me sweep. 

Danny fell asleep in his highchair again.  Gilbert and I went down for a nap shortly after Danny did. 

Joe got home before we went for our walk.  He stayed to do some work in the office while the boys and I went on a walk.  Gilbert went to play with the Litson girls while I got supper ready.  Joe and Danny went to get Gilbert.  They checked on the score of the soccer game while they were over there.  Ivory Coast was playing against Benin tonight. 

We haven’t heard any more word on David Messer today.  He is still in the hospital in Abidjan.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bonjour,

We went into Abidjan this morning to do some grocery shopping.  We just needed a few things; so, it didn’t take long.  We picked up some Vietnamese food to take home with us.

After lunch, we all took a nap.  Both boys were up a couple times in the night last night.  So, we all needed a nap.

Then, Joe headed back into Abidjan.  He went to the airport to help Bob Mach pick up a group that came in.  Fifteen men came to help with the construction of Bob’s school building.

The boys and I went on a walk with Margie and Sarah.  Then, the boys played with the Litson girls for awhile.   We headed home to  get baths before the water went off.  The water actually stayed on this evening.  That was a blessing.

Joe got back from helping transport luggage at 22:00.  All of their bags made it; it just took awhile for them all to come through since there were so many.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

Update on David Messer

I will send the daily e-mail later. I just wanted to give you an update
on David Messer. The Litsons took Allison to get a shot today. Since
they were right there, they went to see David. He is still not very
responsive. Sarah said that his eyes did flicker a few times, and he
raised his arm up once.

They did find out for sure that it is cerebral malaria. They did a
spinal tap to make sure that it wasn’t meningitis. His blood counts
were very low; so, he had to have a blood transfusion today. His
kidneys are functioning properly, but he may have some liver damage.
Please continue to pray for David and his family.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went with Matt to Belleville to help put up a bamboo structure where the new Sunday school class can meet.  They got the spot cleared and the bamboo poles put in the ground.  They will work on it some more on Friday.

The boys “helped” me make pizza.  They both were standing on a little chair next to me.  They were wanting to sample the toppings.

Danny fell asleep in his highchair, and Gilbert fell asleep on the couch right after lunch.  So, I took a nap too.  Joe got home while we were napping.

We had a good church service this evening in Belleville.  On Saturday, a man approached Matt and Joe in front of the church just after they had finished visiting.  He said that some boys in the neighborhood had given him a tract and invited him to church.  He asked if it would be okay if he came on Sunday.  He came on Sunday and was back again tonight.

The water was on this morning.  So, I gave the boys a bath.  The water has been going off in the evenings.  It was a good thing that they got their baths in earlier because the water was off when we came home from church.

Please pray for David Messer, the nine-year-old son of Missionary Andy Messer.  They are missionaries in San Pedro, Ivory Coast.  David had a fever of 104.  The fever came down, but he was unresponsive.  They flew from San Pedro to Abidjan on Monday.  David is in the hospital there.  He did wake up this morning, but he is only responding to pain.  The doctors first thought it was cerebral malaria, but they are unsure what he has now.  He was supposed to see a neurologist and some other specialists today.  Please pray for David and his family.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny