Saturday, November 18, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017
After a great sunny and warm summer spent in Canada visiting many of you in churches on the island and the lower mainland, we have safely arrived back in Tana. We are on day four since our return, and the jetlag is still going strong. Hopefully we will get a good night's sleep soon!
In an effort to keep ourselves awake when we're supposed to, and fill time when we are up in the middle of the night, voila, we have created this video summary of our trip back. Maybe it will give you an idea of what it's like on the plane ride back. Of course this three and a half minute video condenses about 28 hours of travel. :)
We also hope to get our September newsletter out to many of you in the coming weeks.
Friday, June 30, 2017
Even though relationships overseas tend to remain as one of the difficulties a missionary faces... God has remained faithful in providing those special families and individuals at just the right time.
This one family in particular has been a huge source of encouragement to our family. As our journey with MAF was just beginning, and we were still raising support in the lower mainland, we had the chance to meet this lovely Swiss family on their way to the field with Helimission. From a mutual contact through church, we found out they were also bound for Madagascar! They were living in Canada temporarily to build flight hours and develop technology before heading off to Bible school and back to Switzerland to finish preparations to move to Madagascar.
So we had a chance to meet up a couple of times before moving abroad in 2012. They moved to Tana in 2013 and live just a few minutes away from our house.
We have walked the path of transition to overseas life together, walked through home assignments together, and been able to be a "sounding-board" of sorts for one another. Sybille has been a huge source of encouragement to me. A beautiful Christian sister, indeed. :)
Because of their stay in Canada from 2009-2011, they have dear friends to reconnect with here as well as in Switzerland, making a very full furlough.
We were so excited to get the chance to make some real "Canadian" memories together on the ice this time!
Friday, June 16, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
Everything went very smoothly, as far as this kind of long air travel can go. The kids were so well-behaved, hardly needed our help at all, and finally fell asleep from Montreal to Vancouver.
And the of course a big novelty for our kids are North American playgrounds!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Rob and Joyanne and Wesley had the privilege to go along on an MMR to Mandritsara and Mananara. They were back in Tana for lunch after visiting both villages! A trip completely impossible to do in that amount of time without the airplane. When I looked on google maps to see the route via road and ferry to reach this northeastern village, Google Maps estimated a 17 hour vehicle journey and 742km. You might be interested in watching World`s Most Dangerous Roads Madagascar to really see what a road trip to Mananara really looks like.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wesley and Rob spent the last two Saturdays working on a really nice project for the boys' bedroom.
It was so fun to watch Wes be involved with designing, measuring, and building this shelf.