Friday, May 22, 2015

People we love

I need to catch  up with this picture journal I keep on here. When I looked at the batch of pictures for this blog, I realized that it contained a lot of faces of people we love. So, I want to virtually introduce a few people to you. People who have encouraged us and kept us going. People who have become family in this foreign land we live. 
 I had to include a few more pictures from Lemu's birthday last month. She and Victory Taliaferro (daughter of our good friends) had a shared birthday party in Kaabong at the Baptist mission. There was cake, macaroni-n-cheese, and girly decorations. What's not to love?
 The day after that party, we Americans from Kaabong headed about six hours south to a place in Karamoja called Nabilaatuk. Below: morning mists rising as we drove.
 Our friends, Simon & Karina Gruber (along with their teammates Summer and Sam) were having a house-warming party to celebrate finishing the building of their new houses. They had been in undesirable living arrangements for a long time and moving into new houses was a cause to celebrate. Other friends joined in the celebration from different parts of Karamoja. A pig was roasted and the day had a festive feel. Going to this party felt like a big family reunion. These are the people who will forever understand and be able to relate to our time of ministry in Karamoja. Bonds are formed through hardship that are't quickly forgotten.
 And when expats have a picnic in Karamoja, it must be on a scenic rock overlooking a valley.
What do we do at night for fun? We sit around a fire and swap stories. 
After leaving our friends in Nabilaatuk, we went north to Moroto to visit other friends. We were warmly welcomed by Lyle and Ingrid Lathrop of AIM. They offered comfy beds, hot showers, and fellowship. It's good to have friends!
 We really enjoyed the landscape and atmosphere of Moroto, a part of Karamoja that we'd never visited in the past seven years. It had an 'old world' feel, including this public library that was most likely built by British colonials. It is no longer operating, but a newer library is situated near-by.

 When we got back to Kaabong, we went for a visit to see the girls' aunt and her children. Aunt Lilly had a baby a few months ago and named her Amber.
With baby Amber
Tired on the way home to Timu
Upon returning to Timu, we were visited by an Ik lady who had just delivered twins the month before. One of the new babies was named Terrill. I'm not sure another place in the world has so many Terrill's in the same vicinity. 
Sunday school for Ik kids
A little friend, Chilla

Sitting around a fire with daddy
Roasting marshmallows 
We were in Timu over Mother's Day, which means no big restaurant meal or flowers. But we had hugs and love...enough for me. I'm still getting used to being a mom. 
My little chef making pie crust
Life in Timu continues on. Above is the payment I received for a busy day of patients. One of my uncles has been teasing me about accepting produce for treatment, so I wanted to show him that I accept eggs and beans as well. 

Terrill continues with dictionary work, talking for hours with old Ik men about definitions of words. The girls do homeschool and play 'cooking' in their sandbox. When in Kaabong, they race bikes around the yard. Just in the last week, Lemu has become proficient on a bicycle. She was determined to ride like her sister, so learned all by herself, trial and error. 

Next week we welcome two college students to Timu for the next 8 weeks. Emily & Mary are a nursing and community health student, who will be working alongside me. You can pray in advance for good relationships, and that we will be a mutual blessing to each other. Pray that the girls adjust to life in Timu.


The Reeds said...

I love this amber. and you look like an amazing mother. I'm so glad for the fellowship downsout you got.

Notinthewild said...

Love that Mother's Day pic! And hey--did Moo get her Moo-hawk shaved??