Thursday, May 31, 2012

Baptism at Blisses

Ellie, Hannah, Chris and Andrew wait their turn

Pastor Dave baptized Alex and his big brother
This was the first time we had a baptismal service during the school day.  It was an excellent opportunity for many of our kids who have become followers of Christ this year, and a fantastic witness to the entire community.
The service so impressed our eight year old daughter, that she now wants to follow Jesus in Baptism.  We are treading lightly because of her tender age, but don't want to crush her either.  Pray for Mikaylah as she wrestles with this decision.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


While running through the neighbour's back yard after the soccer game, Gibbo ran through a clothesline and burned his neck.  Here are before and after photos:
BEFORE: May 22

close up of the clotheslined neck BEfore pic May 22

AFTER:  May 30, it is just a pink line now!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

sixth grade graduation

Even though we don't have any sixth graders this year, Mikki asked me to make the cake, I was glad to do it, it turned out pretty cute!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Griffi made a pavlova for his Bible study group.  He topped it off with imported kiwis since he is from New Zealand... YUM!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happy UnBirthday Deborah and Zebadiah

Deborah's 18th is in July so we celebrated early... she wanted apple and chocolate pie!

Zebby just wanted ice-cream!  so we had to make cake of course to go with it!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cora's Tea Pary

Upon watching the little girls play with their tea set, Cora wanted to do a real live Tea Party, with invitations, dress codes, scones and jam and TEA!  All the dorm girls and other invited guests dressed up for the occasion and had a wonderful afternoon tea time!
One of the invitations

Ruth held her pinky out while drinking her milky tea!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sahel Coffee House a.k.a. the talent show

This year the Stu-co put on a really big show, with tables set up like a coffee shop and three judges like America's got talent...  Needless to say the three top people's choice awards went to... DORM KIDS!
John and Asyncrite
Dorm group

DaeYoen before the judges

Asyncrite doing improv

Uncle Tim, Cindy Sybesma and Leandra Shengraw were judges

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Yes, we have begun the daunting task of packing.  What better way to stuff plastic in a barrel than to tamp it down with an available five year old!
Jayson was eager to help !

Monday, May 14, 2012


 Our ping pong table was really warped and since we have such talented table tennis players in the dorm, Tim wanted to make a new table before we leave in June.  It just happened to be finished in time for Mother's day ha ha!

Now Chung Hyun has no excuse !

Gibbo shows off while Miyoen and Yeon hoo play fusball

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Since most of our kids are far from their own mothers on mother's day we try to keep it low key... this year Tim took us all to a local restaurant so I wouldn't have to cook, we had nems and rice, and each of the kids wrote me a sweet note of encouragement.  I felt very loved, at the same time empathizing with all those moms across West Africa who are not with their kids on this day.

Vietnamese Nems--yum!
Deborah, Beth, Amy and Griffi were able to spend the weekend with their own mums!
Sunday night at NEWS the dorm led the worship.  They did an awesome job, we were very proud of them.

Yunin on keyboard

Chung hyun on drums

Deborah and Amy were vocals with Zeb, MiYoen and Ruth who also played guitar 
John did a rap 

and Asyncrite
and Zeb

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Dorm Survivor- May 1, 2012

Tuesday, May 1 is Niger day so there is no school.  So with no school we had to have something for dorm kids to do... thus DORM SURVIVOR!
Water Balloons helped keep us all cool!

Eating a mango the fastest with no hands!!
Green Aztec Horses psyching up for the next challenge
  The kids were divided into two teams and they had challenges all day.  IT was a huge success, Ruth, Nikki and Andy did a great job planning the activities, everyone had a great day!
Mikaylah and Ruth were on BLUE FIRE!

Beth cooked the eggs for the breakfast competition

Blue war paint on Gentle Beth :)