Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?


Gilbert was still throwing up this morning. He could not keep anything down. Joe took him back to the doctor. The doctor was going to write a prescription and send him back home. When Joe told him that we had already tried that medicine, the doctor said, “Oh, what do you suggest we do then?” (Isn’t he supposed to be the doctor??) Joe told him that Gilbert had not kept anything down since Monday evening and that he really needed an IV to get some fluids back in his body. The doctor agreed with Joe. That doctor’s office is inside a clinic consisting of several rooms that have a bed for patients. The doctor is an older man, and he was having quite a time getting the needle in Gilbert’s arm. They did not have a normal IV needle; they were using the big one that they use to draw blood. After two failed attempts, the doctor had his assistant find the vein. Gilbert said that it was not as bad as he thought it would be. He said that having blood drawn was worse than having the IV. His whole arm is sore from the IV though. They gave him one bag of fluids, and the doctor was ready to send Gilbert home. Joe said that he wanted Gilbert to eat something and take his medicine to see if it was going to stay down before he brought him all the way home. The doctor said that was fine. So, they stayed there for another hour or so, and Gilbert did not throw up again. Joe brought him back home.


This morning, I played a game of Checkers with Danny and then a game of Yahtzee with Danny and Bonnie. They were both concerned about Gilbert; so, I tried to keep them thinking about something else.


It seems that we are not done with sickness around here yet. Danny has bronchitis. His asthma has flared up again too. He has had to do several breathing treatments today. It seems that I have the cough and achiness now too. It is a good thing that we are out of school right now! We are supposed to take a trip up north in about a week and a half. We are praying that everyone will be feeling better by then!


Gilbert’s appetite has come back. He has not had any more trouble with vomiting since he got home from the clinic. We are making sure that he gets plenty of rest though.


Joe is still recovering from malaria. He is starting to feel better, but he still has to take it easy.


Bonnie said, “I’m the only one that’s good, Mom!” She meant that she is the only one who isn’t sick, I think. : )


We did not go to church tonight. We are trying to keep all of the germs contained!


Bonnie enjoyed talking to Grandpa and Grandma tonight on Skype and telling them the story about the snake. She said, “Mom saw the snake with her corner eye.” (She heard me say that I saw it out of the corner of my eye.) It was quite the story!


Nantsew yie!


Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?


A WAWA day strikes again! (West Africa Wins Again)


We thought that Joe and Gilbert were both on the mend, but today they were both feeling lousy again. Gilbert has been throwing up all day. After lunch, Gilbert came and said, “Mom, my heart is beating fast like I just finished running, but I have not done anything.” His heart beat was quite fast. Joe decided that they would both go to the doctor to find out what is going on. They went to the doctor, and he sent them for lab work. Joe was able to find a different lab where they could get the results back today.


About thirty minutes after they left, Danny and Bonnie were in bed for naps. I decided to try to get a little nap in too. As I started to get in bed, a snake came slithering in under the closed door somehow. I yelled for Danny. I sent him to get Isaac, the guy who works in our yard. Isaac killed the snake for us. It was a green mamba. Somehow, Danny and Bonnie were able to sleep after that; I was wide awake.


After the lab work, Joe brought Gilbert home. Then, he went back to pick up the lab work and take it to the doctor’s office.


While Joe was gone the second time, the toilet flooded the house again. Bonnie and Danny were “helping” me clean up the flood. Gilbert really wanted to help, but I told him that he was sick and needed to stay sitting down. We had water all over the place, but we finally got it all cleaned up.


When Joe took the lab results to the doctor, the doctor said that Gilbert has a urinary tract infection. The doctor said that Joe is still getting over malaria and needs to rest. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for Gilbert. Now, the only trick is getting him to keep anything down long enough to take the medicine. He did keep the medicine down for about an hour; hopefully that was long enough for it to start working. After having blood drawn today, Gilbert does not want to have to go to the hospital and have a needle put in his arm! Gilbert said, “Mom, when I heard the doctor say ‘lab work,’ I started shaking!” Pray that everyone feels better soon!!


Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the power was off from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM today! This is Africa!!


Nantsew yie!


Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Monday, July 29, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?


We had a day of leisure at home today. That does not happen often! Joe and Gilbert are both on the mend.


The kids played with the Wii today. Bonnie came to announce each time that the brothers had won a trophy.


I played a game of Checkers with Gilbert. Then, I played Yahtzee with all three children. Gilbert bowed out early because he was not feeling well. Bonnie got three yahtzees; Danny was fit to be tied about that. Danny did not want to finish the game, but I made him finish. I came in last place so I told him that he should not be so upset.


Gilbert still had a fever off and on today, but he seemed to be feeling a little better this evening. After baths, he was Batman; Danny was Superman, and Bonnie was a princess.


Nantsew yie!


Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Sunday, July 28, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Thank you for praying for our nephew, Andrew. He got to go home from the hospital today. He gained a little weight, and they were pleased with his progress.

Joe is starting to feel a little better after resting all day. Gilbert is worse today than he was yesterday; hopefully the medicine will kick in soon. He has had a fever off and on today and could not keep the medicine down this morning. The medicine seemed to stay down this evening.

Danny, Bonnie, and I went to church this morning. It was a good service. The pastor who is visiting from Nigeria preached again this morning. One came forward for salvation, and three were baptized.

We stayed home to take care of the sick ones tonight.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Saturday, July 27, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Continue to pray for our nephew, Andrew Burkholder. He was readmitted to the hospital yesterday. He had an episode in which he stopped breathing. He has been doing better today. They are going to keep him in the hospital for observation until at least Monday. Pray for his parents, Eli and Lori Burkholder, as well.

We have two down now. Joe has malaria. Gilbert has the sore throat and earache that Danny and Bonnie had last week. The sicknesses always seem to hit hard during rainy season.

Gilbert and Danny were both ready for a worksheet first thing this morning. I went through Gilbert’s math exam with him today to see what he was not understanding. I know what we need to work on now.

Danny had a big bike wreck this morning. Danny did not realize that someone had opened the back car door. He swerved to miss it and went off the edge of the driveway and landed in a thorn bush. There is a 2 foot drop on one side of the driveway. He caught the edge of the driveway as he fell and scraped his side and arm.

Danny helped me make brownies before lunch. This evening, he did the deviled eggs all by himself. He got the filling a little runny, but it still tasted good.

Bonnie kept coming to give me a report on her “army troops” this evening. After she had gone to bed, we found her dolls all lined up in the office. I guess they were her troops tonight; usually they are her students.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Friday, July 26, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Continue to pray for our nephew, Andrew Burkholder. He was readmitted to the hospital today. He had an episode in which he stopped breathing. They are running some tests and are going to keep him in the hospital for observation until at least Monday. Pray for his parents, Eli and Lori Burkholder, as well.

The kids were up bright and early this morning, of course, because school is over! Danny helped me make pancakes.

After breakfast, Bonnie came in and said that Danny was working on her bike. One of the training wheels was not working right; so, Danny took the training wheels off to find out what the problem was. He put them back on too. He is quite the fix-it-man. Gilbert and Bonnie helped me put the laundry soap that I made yesterday into containers. Bonnie handed us the containers, and Gilbert helped me fill them up. After Danny finished the “repairs” on Bonnie’s bike, Bonnie said, “Thank you for fixing my bike, Danny, even without an adult!” Bonnie was impressed. The main problem is a flat tire; we don’t have a pump; so, Daddy will have to take care of that.

Danny could not find his tennis shoes anywhere. We searched high and low, and I finally found them under my bed. I wonder how they got there! : )

Joe talked to the head mechanic at the dealer in Accra yesterday to find out how to get an idler arm. He told Joe that they aren’t sold for that year model. He said that he just takes them to the machine shop and has new bushings made for the inside; that is what has broken, not the actual arm. So, Joe headed to the mechanic this morning. He dropped the vehicle off and did some running around with Dwayne. Dwayne got all of the paperwork that he could get done for now; he will have to come back later to get his Ghanaian driver’s license, but he can use his international driver’s license for now. So, Dwayne went home this afternoon.

Bonnie wanted to get started on summer break projects right away. I found some printable paper dolls online. So, I printed those out. The boys helped me cut them out. Bonnie was overseeing our cutting; she let us know if we did not do it quite right.

I thought the kids would be glad to be done with school, but they wanted to get started right away on the subjects that they had a little trouble with. Gilbert needs to do some extra math work. Danny needs to do some extra language work. Bonnie is practicing her writing. They had not learned all of the cursive capital letters yet, but she wanted to work on those tonight. About halfway through the alphabet, she came in and said, “Mom, you did not make your ‘M’ like Mrs. Wasser does, but that’s okay, Mom; you’ll do better next time!”

The mechanic finished working on our vehicle about 5:00 this evening. Joe brought pizza home for supper.

We got to talk to my parents, my dad’s mom, and one of my sisters and her family on Skype tonight. We really enjoyed that.

Pray for Joe. He is not feeling well again. Either he was not fully over what we all had last week, or he is coming down with malaria.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Thursday, July 25, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

The kids were excited this morning that it was their last day of school. Joe was teasing them telling them that they did not need to go to school today; they could just go back to bed. Bonnie said, “It’s OUR DAY! We’ve got to go!”

Joe took the kids to school. He went to town to get the Fante teacher. We worked on some conversations and then did some reading.

Joe checked on Dwayne and his paperwork when he took Teacher Adoko back to town. Dwayne had found someone that was helping him with the paperwork. So, Joe came back to the house and got me. We stopped at Elma on the way to get the kids from school. That store has less and less each time we go there, but they had an American football up in the store on the top floor. Joe got one for the boys; it wasn’t a bad price either. We also found a set of silverware; we needed a new set.

The kids got out of school at noon today. We picked them up and then went back to the house for naps. The kids all took a good nap.

We had an early supper and headed back to the school for the end-of-the-year program. They had a video playing while they waited for more people to arrive. Brother Morgan had gone into each classroom and videoed the students in action. The K-5 class and the 6th grade recited and sang several things that they had learned during the year. Brother Israel, who is visiting from Nigeria, preached a good salvation message. Then, the K-5 and 6th grade came back in with their caps and gowns on and graduated. After that, they passed out awards. Gilbert got the Most Improved Student certificate for his class. Danny got the Christian Character award for his class. Bonnie was in tears afterward. It was partly because her leg hurt, partly because she was tired, and partly because she did not get a certificate. Gilbert offered to give her his certificate from last year. I reminded her that she had won the gold medal in her class for being the fastest writer; she cheered up after that. She said, “I’ll have to try harder in K-5, Mom.”

It was almost 10:00 when we got home. The kids were all ready for bed and the parents too!

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

Joe took the kids to school. He went to town to get the Fante teacher, but the teacher called to say that he could not come today. Joe was going to help Dwayne with paperwork anyway; so, he called Dwayne and had him meet him in town.

The car part that we have been waiting on came in from Accra. The only problem is that it is the wrong part. So, they have to send that one back to Accra and continue the search for the right part.

While I was teaching Janet’s reading lesson, the toilet flooded the house. Janet helped me clean it up; it was quite the flood. I took it easy after that as I am still feeling a little weak.

Dwayne was not able to get a lot accomplished today because the internet was down in town this morning; so, they could not do any of his paperwork. He is stuck here until he gets everything switched over because they have already voided some of his documents that he had previously. So, he came back to the house for supper and went to church with us.

A man who pastors a church in Nigeria preached tonight. He and his wife graduated from the Bible Institute here several years ago. It was a good message about Naomi and Ruth.

The kids are excited that tomorrow is their last day of school. They get out at noon. Then, we will go back to the school for the program at 6:00.

Pray for our nephew, Andrew Burkholder. He has lost weight and was on the verge of dehydration at his check-up today. They did an x-ray and some blood work; everything looked good there. He has to go back to the doctor in the morning to have his weight checked again.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie

Joe’s Podcast Episode #033

Welcome back to Joe’s Podcast.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  This is the show to help us build a better relationship with you as your missionaries in West Africa.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.  I would love to be a blessing to you!  My e-mail address is

This week is the third lesson in our Salvation Series.  I really enjoy getting to tell people the Gospel story.  The purpose of this lesson is to show us that it is not enough to just be sincere.  We have to trust that God’s way is good enough.

Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1-16

  1. Cain and Abel both had to stand before God.

Ecclesiastes 11:9  Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

  1. Cain brought the best he had, but his best was not accepted by God.

Jude 11  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain,…

  1. Abel brought a lamb for sacrifice, and the Lord accepted it.

Hebrews 10:17-18  17And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

  1. Why did God accept Abel’s sacrifice and not Cain’s sacrifice?

Hebrews 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

A.   Cain was very sincere, but being sincere is not enough.

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Matthew 7:21-23 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

B. It was sin when Cain did not bring the right offering.

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother.   And wherefore slew he him?   Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

  1. God gave Cain a second chance.

Genesis 4:6-7 6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

We have to remember that Cain and Abel knew the story of Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden and what had to happen before they were able to stand before God.

We have to believe that Adam did not keep all of this from his sons.

The Scriptures make it plain that the Lord did not somehow reject Cain up to that point, but instead He had loved him and encouraged him.

Cain ignored this love and encouragement, as it seems he ignored a great deal more of the Word of God.

Cain was too prideful to accept God’s covering of blood.  He wanted to bring his own thing.

  1. We see that God will only accept one gift.

Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

We saw that with Adam and Eve there had to be blood.  In the story of Cain and Abel, it is the same thing.

  1. God has told us how to stand before Him and be accepted, but most of the world wants to try to come to Him Cain’s way.

Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

W’apɔw mu ɛ?

This morning, Danny was up before everyone else. He was watching me pack the lunches. He saw me bagging some chips. They were plantain chips; Gilbert loves those. Danny is not fond of bananas. As I was bagging some plantain chips for Gilbert’s lunch, Danny said, “I love those, Mom. Can I have some?” I asked him if he was sure. He said, “If I ate one of those, I would JUMP!” I thought he knew that they were plantain chips, but he thought that they were some leftover potato chips that were in the fridge. I gave him one to try it; I was thinking maybe his taste buds had changed. The longer he chewed, the more he realized that they were not the chips he was thinking of. When I told him they were plantain chips, he wanted to quickly retract his statement about jumping for one of those chips. After everyone was ready for school, I was telling Joe the story. For some reason, Danny got his feelings hurt and thought that I was making fun of him. He started crying. We got it all squared away before he left for school.

Joe took the kids to school. He came home and worked in the office for a while. Then, he met Dwayne Harrison in town to help him with some paperwork. He came back home to interview a missionary at 1:00. Then, he went to pick the kids up from school.

I took it easy today. I am still not feeling completely better yet.

The kids had a good day at school. They are all finished with their exams and are getting a lot of playing in. The school decided to just have K-5 and 6th grade perform in the program so that it won’t be so long. We don’t have anyone in either of those grades; so, we will just watch. Gilbert and Danny both got a notice that they will receive an award on Thursday night at the program.

We took Dwayne to the British restaurant tonight. We had a good time of fellowship with him. Dwayne is staying in our guest room tonight. He has more paperwork to do tomorrow. He is trying to get a vehicle with Mali plates switched over to Ghana plates.

Nantsew yie!

Joe, Laura, Gilbert, Danny, and Bonnie