Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Monkey Business

JackLiving in Africa, one of the common questions we get is, “do you have a pet monkey?”  Now we can answer yes.  We’ve heard lots of horror stories from others who had pet monkeys and we thought it might be a big mistake.  But when some friends of ours offered us a monkey, we went against our better judgment and decided to adopt it. We’ve had him for several days and we are very happy.  Jack is very well behaved and we’re all getting along perfectly.  He seems to be happy living with us too.  We arrived home a couple of days ago and Jack’s leash had come untied, but he didn’t run away.  He was sitting and waiting for us.  Jack & JulieJack is especially fond of Julie and enjoys grooming her when she is sitting outside.  It’s cool having a pet with opposable thumbs.  We can probably expect a lot more monkey videos from Cole.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Help Wanted

One of our main ministries is serving at Bamako Christian Academy (BCA).  The school is currently offering kindergarten though 12th grade.  Our students are mostly missionary kids.  Because English education options are so limited on the mission field, many missionaries need to take time out from their ministry and work to homeschool their kids.  But BCA provides a low cost, English speaking Christian school option, freeing missionaries in our area from the need to homeschool.

Unfortunately, we have a shortage of teachers for the upcoming school year.  Currently, Julie is the only high school teacher committed to teaching next year.  We are in dire need of a Math and Science teacher.  But we have many other opportunities as well including, history, art, music, Bible, French, and PE on all levels.  We also have a need for a school administrator/principle.

Tired of the same ol’, same ol’?  Looking for a change of environment?  Why not consider a short term teaching opportunity at BCA.  It’s easy to adapt your teaching experience to our school.  Our school is English speaking and utilizes an American based curriculum.  We have both part-time and full-time teaching positions.  We’re looking for people who can serve anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.  Click here for more details.  We’re located in the capital city of Bamako with comfortable housing with running water and electricity.  If this peaks your interest, or if you know of someone who might be qualified, please let us know.  We’ll be happy to provide more information. 

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Welcome Home

ElephantsWe arrived back home last Sunday afternoon. We had a WONDERFUL and very relaxing trip to Kenya. It was exactly what our family has been needing. We broke up our trip into two segments: city and beach. Although we live in a capital city, it is far from the modern world and developing conditions are a discouraging part of everyday life. We were in need of a big city experience. In addition, we’ve really been missing the beach. So we planned half of our trip in the capital city of Nairobi, and the other half on the beach of the Indian Ocean in Mombasa. In the middle, we took a 2 day African safari through one of Kenya’s famous game reserves.

Thank you for your prayers. Our vacation went flawlessly and was the perfect match of rest and adventure combined. We’ve been quiet for the past week as we ease back into life after vacation. In addition, our internet connection has been coming and going making it difficult to communicate. We’ve backfilled our blog to fill you in on the highlights of our trip, so keep reading below. In addition, we’ve posted several photos on Flikr for you to look at. And don’t forget to check out Cole’s monkey video.