Monday, May 26, 2014

Only 2 more Mondays in Malawi Africa - Wait - What???

We are feeling it - the last few days are in process.  This week we have 3 huge functions for the Graduate program, the Undergraduate program and on Saturday we will see our last undergraduate graduation and the first graduate graduation here at African Bible College.  WOW !  Can't believe that 7 years have flown by already...  We will crave Africa often and wish we could just beam over!  We will crave our amazing friends that God has blessed us with over these years here - They have become our extended family!  We will crave the simplicity that Africa offers!  And I am pretty sure my kids will be back here when they get older.  Once Africa gets in your story - you can't get rid of it.  And that is a good thing!  Nya says she will go anywhere God takes her and Analise says she will be in South Africa as a Nurse...  Now those are kids with a world is their playground perspective!  WOW!

Please continue to be praying:

  • as this country still does not have a New President a week after elections and they say it will be a couple more days due to illegal activities by the current president and one of the candidates.
  • as we are preparing to leave this "home" to our new "home" - that God will carry us through this HUGE TRANSITION (just Moving across the WORLD)
  • as we seek God's direction in Bob's future work.
  • as we will need a car as soon as we land :)  If anyone knows of one we can borrow until we buy one ASAP that would be amazing!
  • as Nya has been accepted into Foothills Jr High Christian School - Can you believe that she is in 7th grade, that Analise (who is on the waiting list for 4th grade) to get in!

Bob's last class of the Master's Class

Celebrating at Nya's Ballet Recital!  

Thank you for all the amazing support and prayers as we are going through this.  WE COULD NOT DO IT WITHOUT OUR AWESOME SUPPORT TEAM!   We will be keeping you updated as we adjust to life and continue to share how God does it in our lives!

Monday, May 12, 2014


The gift of breath is not noticed until it has been taken away!  Almost a month ago tomorrow- we were reminded of how precious that gift is personally!  We had planned our Easter Holiday and were out getting the last minute details of climbing a mountain with other missionary families.  As we were coming back from grocery shopping, we got the call that a friend (a teacher from my daughter's school and regular around our dinner table) had been in bad minivan accident and was in bad shape.  Not understanding the details as of yet, we waited for them to come from the accident to our clinic.  Our lives were turned upside down as she was really bad off.  Her lungs had collapsed and was unable to breath.  At this point all we knew was she needed to leave Malawi and be medically evacuated to South Africa where they have medical procedures that could save her life.  As we waited- we saw God carry her through that process.  She was put on a ventilator that could breathe for her.  Due to my amazing husband who said that I should go down and be there until her family could come from the states, we were transported to Johannesburg and sent to one of the best hospitals that God could provide.  All along the way we got to see miracle after miracle.  She had bleeding in her brain, a skull fracture, a neck fracture, both lungs collapse and a lower back fracture.  She was a miracle that she was alive but as of yesterday a month later- she just got out of the ICU - walking and teasing her mom. There are still complications from the Accident but she is a reminder to stop and Breathe...  A testimony that God is bigger than it all but we still have to trust him in the storm...

As we are walking into our last month here in Africa- We have been truly humbled by all those who have invested in us as we have served Malawi over the last 7 years.  We are still fully invested here and digging in. As of last week- I counted that 108 people came to eat and hang out at our house.  Investing in people as people have invested in us.  Breathing...  We serve an amazing God and are also humbled that He cares enough to invest in us!

Please continue to pray
- Danielle will continue to heal and be used to tell her story of who God is to her...
- as we have about 1000 things still happening here...
- the Master program will have it's first ever graduation
- Presidental elections are in about 8 days-
- as our family is transitioning - that we would continue to lean on the our faithful God!

The story is big and King of the universe is bigger!  What an awesome God we serve!  A huge big thank you to all those who have prayed and supported us as we start our transition to move back to San Diego!  We have felt so loved and cherished!
Love- all of us!