When we take the children with us to Namalu, the nearby trading center, they always attract a curious crowd – even when they’re in the vehicle! It’s not easy getting so much attention. Still, we’d like to give you a window into their lives so you can better understand what the Lord is doing with our family and walk with us in prayer.
On weekdays, Joshua, Emmalene, and Hannah attend the classes at the mission’s Karamoja Education Outreach (KEO). Rashel takes them, and together they are learning things like Bible stories, memory verses, numbers, vocabulary, etc. Here’s Joshua, learning from Master George (he is back by the chalk board).
Everyone enjoys recess, including Hannah, here playing with a jumprope…
…and then after recess, she and the other children line up to go inside again.
Alongside KEO, we’re working through some of our regular homeschooling materials, but right now our primary focus is learning the language.
Our garden spiders are B-I-G. Joshua seems to have no fear of them, but I wonder whether their bite matches their size.
Here’s Joshua with a bunch of our wonderful MKs. They were walking on the compound when this little black mamba took fright and fled; but one of the guards caught it and killed it. We thank God for his protection.
Other missionary kids
The mission recently held a meeting in Karamoja, so the rest of our team down in Mbale all came up. Any time you get to be with other missionary kids, it’s awesome!!
For our kids, that’s pretty often. They play regularly with the Okken kids, who live just a short walk away from us. Here Emmalene is sporting braids that Megan Okken made for her.
We love our missionary associates! Here Angela is walking Emmalene and Hannah back to the mission compound after Sunday evening devotions, which we had at the clinic this particular Sunday. We pray that our daughters will learn to love the Lord the way these young women do.
Food can make you feel more at home. Although we like trying new things, it’s nice when you get to eat things that are more familiar – like homemade pizza, which we usually have about once a week.
We also get to enjoy tropical fruits like these. Here we have (clockwise from the top) pineapple, soursop (aka heart of bull), lemons, mangoes, passionfruit, tamarind, bananas, and papaya. Everything but the pineapple grows right here on the compound, and many other things besides. The papayas are up really high on the trees, so Joshua and I took a really long stick and knocked down a few ripe ones.
For Joshua’s birthday, we made donuts for dessert. The girls love to help Mama in the kitchen.
Speaking of birthdays, in the few short weeks since we arrived, we have celebrated two – three, if you include Mama!
Their gifts from us were new Bibles all around. Here they are, very pleased and on the way to church. May God write his word on their hearts!
Yes, we have chores here, too. Every morning, Emmalene takes the clothes to the outdoor washing area; Joshua tends to the chickens. We’re thankful that they are doing this work faithfully.
The job of the chickens is to lay eggs. We’ve had them for about two weeks now. So far, they seem to think they are on vacation, but we hope they will start laying before long.
We burn much of our trash here, and Joshua often helps out. This is our trash pit.
It’s not all chores, of course; there is lots of playing, too. Here Emmalene is pretending to be a Karimojong woman. She is balancing her toys on her head, just like the ladies here often carry parcels, bundles of sticks, etc.
Yes, you can be a princess in Karamoja! Emmalene was delighted when our container arrived – she really wanted to wear this play dress again.
There is a swing out behind the house, and the girls enjoy playing on it. (Sometimes bigger people do, too.)
Once in a while, you just need to cuddle up to Mom and hear a story.
Many of the Karimojong boys have little steerable wire cars. They’re really clever little contraptions. Here Joshua is starting a wire car project with one of the boys. It’s not finished yet.
When the container arrived, Joshua was overjoyed to have his Nerf guns again. Thanks to the generosity of many people, we have lots of toys, and the children have sweet memories of those who have given.
Walk with us
We hope this brief look into the lives of our children will encourage you to pray for them – and for all of us. Outwardly, our lives may seem unusual, but we are just an ordinary family! We have ordinary joys, struggles, needs, and temptations, and we daily require the same extraordinary gospel of grace that we have come to give to others. Please pray we would know and delight deeply in Christ’s work for us, and that our lives and the lives of our children would exalt him.