Dear Friends and Family,
If I got to start this adventure all over again, I would start where I was two weeks ago – in an Ivoirian family’s home (CJ’s host family), learning what life is like through living it day by day with them. Essential take-aways from my week with them:
1. When Papa says you have Malaria, he’s right. Take the drugs he gives to you and say thank you, doctor.
2. Kids of all ages love dancing to the Cupid Shuffle. Laptop + dance moves – homework = fun for the night
3. Rice and sauce are delicious, but not for breakfast.
4. Ivoirian women are amazingly strong; laundry day and pounding ignames are tough (photo–I can barely keep up with a middle schooler to make foutou for dinner!).
Although I could have enjoyed this without Malaria and an emergency trip to Ferke to help my friend after her appendectomy, I loved being in an 18-person Senefo courtyard in Korhogo!
Despite the increasingly tense political situation in Abidjan (photo R - refugees coming north from the capital), we had a guest come for a week to check out JourneyCorps and a quick visit from our Africa Director and his wife. The rest of my month has been filled with normal adventures: teaching piano and new French songs to the worship team at church (photo L), English lessons, cooking experiments with local food, Bible study, mentoring journeyers, leadership team meetings, and processing life. It looks like I’ll be coming home late May / early June to do some recruiting in the US before I settle into whatever job God has in mind for me in the fall (hopefully teaching French in DC). That means I need more support to continue through the summer. I will be sending out a separate email to detail that.
-for traveling mercies to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where I’ll be with a Journeyer for medical care after our April seminar in Bouaké.
-that God would open the right doors for me for the summer and fall
-for the Journeyers as they seek God’s direction in their ministries
-for Jesus to guide the relationships I am building outside of JourneyCorps
-for peace in Cote d’Ivoire