Monthly Archives: February 2008

Friday, February 29, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe and the boys worked outside in the yard this morning.  Joe was leveling out the front yard so that we can plant grass there.  Gilbert and Danny had great fun playing in the dirt.  I got some things done around the house while they were outside.

This afternoon, the boys and I took a nap.  We had heavy rain right about our walk time; so, we didn’t walk today.

Joe gave the boys a haircut tonight, and I gave Joe a haircut.  Gilbert was excited when he saw me bring the clippers in.  He wanted to go first.  Danny decided to sample Gilbert’s hair and discovered that it wasn’t very tasty.  He couldn’t get it out of his mouth.  Danny sat still for his haircut but was glad to be done.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bonjour,

We went into Abidjan this morning to do our grocery shopping. Then, we
went to a Lebanese restaurant for lunch.

Danny fell asleep on the way home; so, he didn’t take a nap this
afternoon. Gilbert and I took a nap, and Danny played with Daddy.

I went for a walk with Sarah and Margie. The boys decided to stay with
Joe, but Gilbert wished he would have gone after we left.

I talked to my family in Idaho on the web camera this evening. That was
fun.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny

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remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went up to the church this morning.  Part of the “roof” on the bamboo building blew off in Monday night’s storm.  So, they worked on that this morning.  The thatched roof pieces that Joe picked up yesterday were finished just in time.  They didn’t get those put on yet.  They worked on it all morning and afternoon.

Gilbert found a fake bug today that he thought was great.  He acted like the bug was biting me, and I would react.  Gilbert and Danny laughed and laughed.  Tonight, Danny brought the bug over to “bite” me.  He started laughing before he ever touched me with it.

We had a good church service this evening.

We just talked to my family.  They said that the funeral went very well.  Please continue to pray for the Van Manen family.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, the carpenters came to put the door up in the pantry.  They are deathly afraid of the dogs; so, they did all of their shaving and trimming in the kitchen.  They were in there all morning.  It was a bit difficult to get lunch made working around them, but at least we have a door to the pantry now.  That should help keep the brooms in the pantry.  : )

This afternoon, Joe and the boys went out to Donkoi to pick up the thatched roof for the bamboo building.  The boys had a great time.  I took a nap while they were gone.  Then, I went for a walk with Sarah.  The Engelharts were in Abidjan; so, Margie wasn’t here for the walk today.

I was getting supper ready when the boys got home.  My parents called from Idaho.  Their flight was delayed in Denver last night; so, they didn’t arrive in Boise until 1:30 this morning.  The viewing for Opa was tonight.  The funeral is tomorrow at 11:00.  All of my sisters were able to go.  Amy and Sharon won’t get there until late this evening.  My brother Tony will be preaching at the funeral tomorrow.  Please keep all of the family in your prayers.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, the carpenter came to see about putting a door on the pantry.  The door that we had wasn’t quite the right size; so, he will have to make some adjustments.  He was supposed to come back later in the day to do that, but he didn’t come back.

Our dog, Pokey, has been having trouble with flies biting his ears.  There was blood everywhere, and we couldn’t get the bleeding to stop.  One of our guards took the dog to the vet.  The vet gave us some powder to bathe the dogs in, but he didn’t do anything to stop the bleeding.  Joe finally got something clamped on the dog’s ear to stop the bleeding.

The boys had to play inside today since Pokey was getting blood everywhere outside.  Danny cried each time that the door opened and he wasn’t allowed to go out.

I took both boys on the walk today.  Gilbert went to play with the girls while Danny and I went home to get supper ready.

We had a storm tonight that knocked the power out.  The power is still off, but we are using the generator.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bonjour,

We had a little delay in getting to church this morning.  The road was full of buses and teenagers.  The Catholics had a big gathering of young people today.  They came from Catholic schools all over Abidjan.  We had to weave in and out of the line of buses and the mass of humanity, but we were able to make it to church.

Joe’s Sunday school class went well.  He had thirteen today.  There were four visitors.  He has been encouraging those in his class to bring someone with them.  He gave them each a contact card that they could fill out on their visitor.  One girl had invited three people, but she only had one contact card.  So, she went to two other people in the class and got their contact cards so that she would have one for each of her visitors.  They all three came today.

We started out with ten in the children’s class.  By junior church time, we had eighteen.  It was a wild bunch today!

Danny fell asleep on the way home.  But, he still went down for a nap after lunch.  Gilbert and I took a nap too.

We had a good service tonight as well.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Bonjour,

Joe went visiting with Matt this morning.  One of the men in the church had a lot of questions.  So, they spent most of the morning talking to him.

Danny is working on another tooth.  He has had a fever off and on today.  Gilbert still isn’t completely over the stomach virus. 

The boys and I were all taking naps when Joe got home.  After naps, Sarah and I went for a walk.  Matt and Joe kept the kids except for Joanna; she decided to come with us on the walk.

The funeral for Opa will be on Wednesday in Nampa, Idaho.  Please continue to pray for all of the family.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bonjour,

We spent the day at home today.  Joe worked on the boys’ air conditioner today.  It hasn’t been cooling very well; so, he and another guy took it outside and cleaned it.  The boys had great fun playing outside and “helping” Daddy.  I got some letters written while they were all outside.

We found out this evening that Opa, my dad’s dad, died today.  He had a heart attack.  We are glad that Opa isn’t hurting anymore and that we will see him again some day in Heaven.  Please pray for Oma and the entire Van Manen family.  I am very thankful that the boys and I got to see him when we were in the States for the holidays.

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bonjour,

This morning, we all went to Abidjan.  Gilbert was excited to be going somewhere.  When we were getting ready, he asked if we were going to Anyama.  (That is the first time he has ever said the name of the town before.)  Joe told him that we were going to Abidjan.  So, he had to work on that word a little to get it down.

Gilbert knows the different landmarks that we pass.  He likes to drive next to the lagoon and count the boats.  He asked a couple times when we were going to see the water.  Then, he was looking out the window, and I heard him say, “I gotta be patient.”  We have told him to be patient, but I didn’t know if he knew what it meant.  I guess he does.

Danny fell asleep on the way into town.  Gilbert asked if we could wake Danny up so that he could look out the window.  He was concerned about Danny missing out on all of the great sights.

We went to a Lebanese store that carries some American products.    They have a little Mexican food section.  They had green chilies for the first time today.  We bought some little things of candy that had an airplane on top.  We didn’t realize that the airplane was a whistle.  Gilbert thought that was great!

Our next stop was the bulk food store.  The people who work there always like to see the boys.  Gilbert tells everyone, “Bonjour!”  He has also started asking them, “Ca va?” which means, “How are you?” 

Our last stop was a little Lebanese pizza place.  We had some good pizza and then headed home.  We were trying to keep Danny awake on the way home so that he would take a nap after we got home.  We managed to keep him awake until just before we got home.  He played for awhile and then went down for a nap.  Gilbert and I took a nap too.  Joe got some things done in the office.

I went for a walk with Sarah and Margie.  Joe took the boys over to the Litsons’ house to play with the girls.

This evening, I folded some laundry and sorted some baby girl clothes that Sarah Litson gave me.  The boys were “helping” me. 

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.

February Prayer Letter

Dear Praying Friends,

God is so good to us! We are always so undeserving, and He is always so merciful. We have been able to see His hand guiding us and protecting us in so many ways this past month that it makes me wish that everyone could see the way our Heavenly Father takes care of this family.

On January 27, we started a new teen class at the church in Belleville. We have a national, Marcel, that has volunteered to teach the class. We will work on teaching him how to teach a Sunday school class. Matt Litson, Marcel, the teen boys, and I built a 20’x 20’ bamboo structure for the classroom. We do not own the land; therefore, we could not put up a permanent building. The building looks very nice, and the church people are proud of it. The third week of class, we had four teen girls accept Christ as their Savior.

The older sister of some of the small girls that are faithful to church died just before church on February 10. She was in the 9th grade. She tried to murder her unborn child, and in the process she killed herself. Her family did not even know that she was with child. Matt and I were able to go and visit with her family; they are all unsaved and do not attend church anywhere. Please pray that the Father would use this situation to see this family come to a saving knowledge of His Son.

Our car had to pass the yearly inspection before February 13. So, I began to prepare for the inspection on January 31. We replaced brake pads and shoes, rebuilt brake calipers, replaced ball joints, replaced spring bushings, replaced the fuel injectors, and did a host of other things. When we went to get the inspection done, the car was running great until we got in line for the inspection; the longer the vehicle idled, the more it smoked. The car did not pass inspection because of the smoke. It took us two weeks, ten African mechanics, a Canadian diesel mechanic advisor, and a British diesel pump specialist advisor to find the problem. Then, we could not find anyone here who knew how to fix the problem; so, my mechanic and I took three fuel pumps apart and put one good one back together. To our amazement and the amazement of everyone standing there telling us that what we were trying to do could not be done, we fixed the problem.

While I was running around Abidjan looking for car parts, an eighteen-passenger van pulled out and hit the side of my car. When I stepped out to see how much damage had been done, I was immediately surrounded by about forty angry public transportation drivers. They began yelling and spitting in my face; then, they grabbed the young man that was with me and began to drag him up and down the street. With some friendly persuasion, we were able to get everyone calmed down, and we were able to reason with them. Once the problem was resolved and they admitted that they were at fault for the accident, we left. It took a welder and a body repairman about two hours to fix my car. No one was hurt. We are so thankful for your prayers on our behalf. The situation could have escalated into violence very quickly, and it was a miracle that no one was injured. Your prayers are not in vain!

Your friends and ambassadors to Ivory Coast,

Joseph, Laura, Gilbert, and Danny


To read our daily e-mail or our monthly prayer letters, click here.

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Our phone number is (936)755-4888. It is a U.S. number, but it rings on our computer here in Ivory Coast. Feel free to call us as often as you wish; it is free for us to receive these calls. When calling, just remember that we are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time.