Monthly Archives: July 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bonjour,

We had a good morning at church.  People trickled in during Sunday school, but we had a good crowd by church time.
I had thirty in my junior church this morning.  It was wild in there today.  None of the kids were listening at all; Sunday school must have been all that they could handle.
Pastor Davis, the missionary who started this church, is coming for a visit at the end of August.  While he is here, we are going to have a special sending-off service for Bro. Evans, who is starting a church in Inchaban.  Each of the Sunday school classes is going to recite a couple verses and sing a song.  We started working on that today.  
We had lunch, took naps, and then headed back to church again.  There were fifteen in attendance tonight.  Bro. Evans preached tonight.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Bonjour,

We did not get an e-mail sent yesterday.  I went to bed early with a migraine.  
Yesterday morning, we went to the school to see if the material for the uniforms was in yet.  It wasn’t in yet.  We stopped to see the seamstress who has done some sewing for us before to leave some material that I bought a couple months ago and to see if she would make the kids’ uniforms when the material comes in.  Then, we stopped at a Lebanese restaurant next to a grocery store.  Joe ordered lunch while the kids did some shopping with me.  We got a few groceries first.  Then, we went upstairs to look around.  They had a cheap magnetic dart board that we got for the boys.  Danny keeps calling it a “tart board.”
When we got home, it was nap time.  After naps, Joe took the kids swimming.  I had a bad headache but got supper made.  After supper, I went to bed.
I still had the headache this morning, but it was starting to let up.  Kristine was going to keep the kids while I went visiting with Joe.  I rested instead, and she did some things with the kids.  They made a chocolate cake and then made some notes for me.
Joe did not find many people at home this morning.  By lunch time, I was feeling much better.
It was cloudy today but not raining.  No one showed up for Bible Club; so, we did it with just our kids out on the porch.  
Kristine made supper tonight.  She usually makes it on Saturday nights.  I won’t know what to do when she goes back to Ivory Coast in September.  : )  It has been nice to have her around.
Tonight after baths, Danny asked if I could get his Rony Tomo shirt for him.  (Someone gave him a Tony Romo shirt that is way to big for him, but he likes to wear it to bed.)
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went to preach at the bank.  He ran some other errands while he was in town.  As he was on his way home, I called him on his phone.  He said that he was on his way.  Over an hour later, he got home.  He got stopped by the police for talking on his cell phone.  They got in our vehicle with him and took him to the police station.  He found out today that it is illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving.  They kept his car papers, and he is supposed to go to court on Monday to pay a fine and get his papers back.  After they had gone to all the trouble of taking him to the police station, then the policeman tried to get a bribe.  Joe took his name and said that he would be sure to let them know in court on Monday that the policeman asked for a bribe, which is also illegal.  Joe might be able to take his receipt in to the station tomorrow, talk to them, and get his papers back.  He can still drive with the receipt showing that the police station has his papers.  Oh the joys of third-world countries!
The kids helped do some cleaning this morning.  They played outside most of the morning.  Bonnie came in to tell me that she had learned how to say pineapple in Fante.  Later, she had me repeat the word after her, and she said, “Good job, Mom!  You did it!”
Gilbert was “working” with a stick outside.  He came in because there was something wrong with his hand – he had his first blister!  Joe told him that was a sign of being a hard worker.  He has complained about that blister all day.  Tonight when he was going to bed, he said, “Mom, I’m glad I got this blister because it is a good scratcher for scratching things.”
We told the kids at lunch time that we were going to go to Captain Hooks for supper.  They were so excited!  After naps, they went swimming.  After swimming, they got ready to go eat.  They kept asking if it was time to go yet.  Kristine went with us.  We all enjoyed our supper!  While we were waiting for the food to come, the boys were playing “I Spy.”  Bonnie said, “Let’s play a different game; it’s called butter chili pepper.”  She said that you had to sing and count and take a drink.  I told her that we could not sing in the restaurant.  So, she said we could just count and take a drink, but when we tried to do that, it still wasn’t right.  We all got to take a drink eventually though; I think that was the object of her “game.”
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, Joe went to get some plumbing parts to fix up a faucet of sorts for our water filtering system.  We had a hose, and it was taking about thirty minutes to fill a five-gallon cooler.  The hose had been leaking and had flooded the pantry more than once.  With the new “faucet,” it takes about thirty seconds to fill it.  
I did some reading with the boys.  Then, they swept and mopped the porch while I folded laundry.  
After lunch, we took naps.  I got supper ready.  Then, we got ready for church.
Church went well tonight.  There were nineteen in attendance.  Danny and Gilbert were telling everyone at church that they got saved last night.  During praise and testimony time, they both raised their hand to say that they were thankful that they got saved.  
During the sermon, Gilbert was really listening.  He kept asking me questions.  Joe said that sin leaves spots.  Gilbert started looking at his arm saying, “There’s a sin; there’s a sin.”  I told him that they weren’t real spots that you could see.  Then, Joe was talking about the prodigal son.  Gilbert had some questions about him.  Joe mentioned a “lost” man.  Gilbert asked why he was lost.  I told him that if you are not saved, you are lost.  He said, “Oh, Bonnie’s lost, but I’m not.”  Bonnie heard him say that she was lost to which she replied, “I’m not lost.  I’m at God’s house.”
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Simple, child-like faith – July 26, 2011

After the kids went to bed tonight, Gilbert came out of their bedroom and said, “Dad, Danny is crying because he wants to get saved.  He came over to my bed and said, ‘Gilbert, I just need to be saved.’”  Both boys came back out in the living room.  Joe talked to Danny first.  He seemed to understand everything and answered all of Joe’s questions.  After Danny prayed asking Jesus to come into his heart, Gilbert said, “I’ve been waiting to get saved for such a long time.”  Joe then talked to Gilbert.  He also understood and answered all of of Joe’s questions.  He prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart.  Danny said, “Gilbert, now we just need to tell Bonnie.”  We told them that we would keep talking to Bonnie for a while to make sure she understands.  They were both all smiles as they headed back to bed.  The bedroom door opened once more.  Gilbert said, “Now all we need to do is get baptized!”  Both boys share the same spiritual birthday!  What a blessing!  Gilbert is six, and Danny is 4.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bonjour,

Joe preached at the fire station this morning.  Then, he went to the mechanic.  He had ordered some new headlights; he had those installed.  Then, he also had to have some work done on the radiator; it was leaking again.  
The whole country has been out of propane gas.  They are having trouble getting any.  When they do get it, it is just half a shipment here and there.  We are on our last bottle and have been trying to get our other bottles refilled.  The guy from the gas place called Joe this afternoon and said that they had gas.  By the time he got there with our bottles, they were just putting out the “No Gas” sign. He said that they are supposed to get another half shipment in tonight.  He kept our bottles to fill them.  He said that due to the shortage, the prices have gone up by 50%.  A lot of the taxis run on propane here; they are not allowing any taxis to get propane right now.  They are only filling personal bottles.  Pray that we can get our bottles filled.
The kids and I had a cleaning day this morning.  Kristine helped us for a while too.  I worked in the kids’ bedroom most of the morning.  They helped for a while.  Danny came in the room after he had been out of it for a little while.  He said, “Mom, you’re doing such a good job!  You CAN do it all by yourself!”  He was wanting to sweep the rug.  He asked if I could move the things on the rug so that he could sweep.  I told him that I had been working on moving those things all morning.  
It rained all morning.  The sun came out around noon.  I had washed a couple loads of laundry and got them out on the line as soon as the rain stopped.
Jackie came over to do some laundry too.  Their washing machine is still down.  A couple of her kids came.  They swam and then ate lunch with us.  The kids enjoyed playing with them.
At nap time, I checked on the kids, and they were almost asleep.  So, I lay down for a little while.  Come to find out, none of them went to sleep.  They all escaped outside and went to the guard building to watch TV.  
Joe got home about 4:00.  Kristine made a pineapple upside-down cake with some of our fresh pineapples.  I made some enchiladas and fried cheese puffs for supper.  The kids really liked the cheese puffs, me too!
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, July 25, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning, we went into town.  We decided to divide and conquer.  Joe dropped Kristine and I off near the vegetable market, and he took the kids with him to the post office to pick up a package.  Kristine and I got vegetables. We stopped at the cold store which sells frozen meat to get some hot dogs.  Then, we walked to the grocery store.  Joe and the kids met us at the grocery store.  We got home just in time for lunch.  After lunch, Kristine and I finished putting the groceries away and cleaning all of the vegetables.  The kids and I took a nap.
Joe went to make a visit this afternoon, but the man wasn’t home.  When he got back, he took the kids swimming.  
Just as we were about to eat, Joe got word that the man that he had tried to visit was home.  So, he went to go visit him.  We went ahead and ate without him.  After supper, the kids wanted popcorn.  We haven’t had it in a while.  Gilbert was telling me how Daddy does it.  Joe got home just as we were about to make the popcorn.  His visit went well.  He ate supper while I made popcorn.  The kids watched and gave me instructions.  
The kids have been busy playing with the things that came in the package today.  The boys got an army set and an Indian set.  Bonnie got a puzzle.  
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Bonjour,

We had a good day at church.  It did not rain today.  We had more adults for Sunday School today than we have had in months.  Lots of children came too.  I had 33 children in my six and under junior church.  Joe had quite a few people in the auditorium too.

In our class, we have been working on some different verses.  When I asked individual children to say Psalm 37:5, Gilbert and Danny both said it.  Then, Bonnie said that she could say it.  She has tried before but has never said the whole verse by herself.  She said the whole thing today.  Then, when it was time to quote Ephesians 2:8-9 individually, she said those completely too.  Maybe she actually does pay attention, sometimes!

Ghanaians are very religious people.  Almost every person in Ghana goes to some kind of church.  There are many Charismatics here; many people are very confused about tongues.  Joe has been preaching a series of messages about tongues on Sunday mornings.  Most people have not heard the truth, and they do not like the truth when they hear it.

In Ghana, when someone graduates from a university, they then have one year of national service to do.  They are given a posting to do whatever their area of expertise is.  We had a lady named Gifa that began coming to church in February.  She is from the Accra area but was in this area teaching at a school for her national service.  Danny took to her the first week that she came.  He told her that he was born in Ghana; so, he was Ghana Boy, and she was Ghana Girl.  The kids always greeted her each week.  After the service this morning, we were taking pictures with her because it was her last Sunday.  Her national service is over, and she is going back to Accra.  After we took pictures, Gilbert came and told me that Danny wsa crying because he did not want Gifa to leave.  When Gifa heard that Danny was crying, she asked Gilbert to go get him.  She held him, and they both cried together.  They made me cry just watching them.

 Sunday, July 24, 2011

 Sunday, July 24, 2011

We went home for lunch and naps.  Then, we got ready to go back to church again.  There were 21 in attendance tonight.  Brother Evans preached tonight.

Danny went out to get his Bible.  For some reason, he could not get the door open.  The window was partially opened.  So, he decided to go through the window.  When he did not come back right away, Joe went to check on him.  He found Danny with his legs hanging out the window.  What a boy!

A demain,

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bonjour,

This morning we had a workday up at the church.  Not many people came today.  Two guys and one lady came along with us and Kristine.  We got the rest of the library and the office emptied out in preparation for putting the ceiling in.  Then, we wiped down all of the plastic chairs and swept the auditorium.  I had made some brownies; they were a big hit.  
For lunch, I tried some pizzas with chicken – one with a ranch sauce and one with an Italian dressing sauce.  The cheese that I got yesterday which was with the mozzarella in the refrigerator was not mozzarella.  I think it was a processed cheese; it didn’t melt very well.  Oh well, it still turned out okay.  At least it was edible.
It sprinkled a little this morning, but the sun came out.  We were able to have Bible Club out in the field today.  There were thirteen in attendance today.  
After Bible Club, we went swimming for a little while.  Kristine made supper for us; that was nice!  We are all worn out and ready for bed tonight.
Bonnie told me that she had “a great idid” (idea).  She was using the big blocks to make shakes.  She turned the blocks over and stuffed them with toilet paper for the shakes.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bonjour,

We got some things done around the house this morning.  Joe got the lawnmower put back together; the kids “helped” him.  I did some laundry.
While I was getting breakfast ready this morning, Danny said, “Miss Kristine, do you know “Back in the Saddle Again”?  He started singing it to her.  When he got to the “rocking to and fro” part, he sang, “I’m going to explode,” and kept right on singing.  I got tickled.  He sang it again later, and he thinks that is how it goes.  
About 10:30, Kristine and I walked to the taxi station.  We went to a store in the Anaji area today.  We did not feel like going all the way into Takoradi to market circle today.  It has an upstairs with a variety of items – bags, toys, furniture, wall hangings, etc.  We walked around up there for a little bit.  As soon as we stepped in the door, we both acquired a shadow.  The shadows stuck with us the whole time we were in the store.  My “shadow” was saying “Uh-huh” over and over.  Each time I picked something up to look at it, she told me what it was.  I guess she was trying to be helpful, but she was rather annoying instead.  Kristine found a couple things up there.  Then, we went downstairs to the restaurant; we both had Lebanese cheese pizza.  When we finished lunch, we ordered two rotisserie chickens to take home.  They got the chickens ready while we did our grocery shopping next door.  After we got groceries, we picked up our chickens, caught a taxi, and headed home.
The kids were down for naps when we got home.  I got the groceries put away and took a nap myself.  After naps, Joe took the kids swimming.  I made some things to go with the chicken. After supper, we had rootbeer floats and some little muffins that Kristine made.
This evening, the kids have been busy playing.  Bonnie has been inside of a big box with her dishes.  The boys have a “race track” in their bedroom with all of their cars in a loop around a block tower with animals around the tower; it’s the zoo, you know.
A demain,
Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie