Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Viper Attack

Yesterday, it seems, was our first official snake encounter. Actually, the encounter was with Grace and a viper. Grace was leaving the house in the morning and as she stepped out she noticed a snake actually trying to enter the house. Fortunately, Grace was carrying a broom and she was able to thwart the progress of the reptile.
She had the snake pinned down and she said it was hissing at her. Every morning one of the ladies goes walking about the compound, with weights, for exercise. She happened to come by at the time of the snake encounter, and in good African style was able to beat the living daylights out of the snake with her weights. Missionary women know how to handle themselves.
It would appear that this particular snake was quite poisonous. So glad Grace had the broom to deal with it and that it did not sneak into the house.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Nothing’s sacred, the days are cheap
Truth is thin on the ground
Still our prophets are crucified
Nobody believes we’re stumbling
It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming

Someone’s saying a prayer tonight
For hungry mouths to be filled
Someone kneels in the dark somewhere
And darkness is already crumbling
It’s Friday, but Sunday comes

Sunday – Hallelujah – it’s not so far, it’s not so far away
Sunday – Hallelujah – it’s not so far, it’s not so far away

Broken promises, weary hearts
But one promise remains:
Crucified, he will come again
It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming
It’s Friday, but Sunday is coming


"This song was originally titled “Friday (But Sunday Is Coming),” from the title of the well-known sermon and book by Tony Campolo. Its verses deal with the dark realities of our world, where the Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion acts as a metaphor for our experiences of those realities. As the Gospel stories clearly show, Friday happens,but Sunday is inevitable. Sunday is the resurrection, the day when all our meager hopes and wildest dreams come true,the day we as believers look forward to despite our present condition. This is a “hang in there” song; Sunday is not so far away!" - John Ellis (Tree 63)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Scorpion

I will bet that most of you do not have this happen to you in your office.

We have a guy who regularily cleans our office first thing in the morning.  This morning he was there as usual except that he had a scorpion in his pocket.  Actually, he kept the scorpion inside a match box.  He apparently found it somewhere near the hospital.  So he pulled the thing out and started playing with it.  That's right, he played with it.  He turned it over, jiggled it around and rubbed it's tummy, with never a worry about being stung.  He said that when he was a child his father gave him some medicine and he has never been stung by a scorpion since then.  He said he could also eat razor blades??????????

He then casually put the scorpion back in his little box, without looking at what he was doing, and put the box back in his pocket.  Everyone else would have been very mindful of what they were doing.  Later that day I was wondering why anyone would willingly carry a scorpion in their pocket, or eat razor blades. 

I know that I wanted to borrow that little match box and present it to a certain "Galmien", D, and see what her reaction would have been.

When I went home at lunch it was 45 degrees in the shade.

Galmi is such an interesting place.

Blessings to all

Monday, April 18, 2011

Our Home

We have now adapted our home to try to reduce the impact of 50 degree celcius temperatures.  We purchased 4 rather large rolls of grass mats and had them laid on top of our tin roof.  We have noticed a marked difference in the interior temperature of our home.  Definitely much more comfortable whem we arrive home.

Here is the before picture

 Here is a shot of the grass mats we purchased.

Here is the after shot.

Here is a shot of our friends George and Lousie.  Actually there are typically lots of them on the walls. Just hard to get a photo because they scatter if you get to close.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Our friends from Canada have been complaining about the weather, in particular, the endless winter.  Don't know why, it's the same every year.  Mind you, I used to complain as well.  When we were leaving for Africa people said we would miss the snow.  Well it hasn't happened yet, not by a long shot.

Today the temperature is 122 degrees, same as yesterday, and pretty much the day before.  Do I miss the snow - no.  Will I miss the smell of fresh spring air - you bet I will.  Will this make me want to come back to Canada?  As long as God has called me to this land, and continues to call me here, this is where I will stay.  That calling more than makes up for the discomfort of a little heat.

Blessings from Galmi, Niger

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 7

It's official - April 7, 2011 is a National Holiday in Niger.  It is also my birthday.  Is it a coincidence?  I don't know but we just found out last night that it is a holiday.  Maybe the powers that be found out about my birthday.  I wonder if I will get gifts.

On the other hand, there is a slight possibility that the holiday is for the inauguration of the new president in Niger.  I am not quite sure which one it is.

Despite the holiday the compound staff are gathered together and are having a morning devotion.  I can hear them singing a Christian hymn in Hausa.  So uplifting.

Blessings to all

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

We are sitting in our back area reading the Bible and doing devotions.  Realized that there is a lot going around.
  • There are lizards running all over the place eating insects.  One little one keeps looking at me and getting closer.  Apparently the brightly colored ones are the males.  One shows up on our back step and one female keeps trying to get his attention.  I have called them George and Louise - for no particular reason.
  • Across the airstip we can see three ladies carrying large bundles of wood on their heads.
  • There is a young girl herding some cattle and goats.
  • Another lady is collecting sticks and dried grass for a fire.
  • In the distance there are donkey carts pulling loads and other herds of cattle and goats.
  • There is all kinds of bird activity and bird song.  I think they are singing an ode to Bernice.
  • We notice at the top of a large tree there are actually red flowers blooming.
Last night was the firts annual ice cream social at the compund.  This was a tasting of homemade ice cream, which was very good.  I guess it wasn't really a tasting it was more of an all out feeding fest.  There was all kinds of ice cream made including:  Rocky Road, mango, coffee, strawberry and vanilla.  Grace made the mango ice cream.  They were all good.  Of course, there were all kinds of toppings.

Before the social Grace was able to give the night guard, next to our place, a bowl of ice cream and a cookie.  We had no common language with him but it is still a testimony in sharing.

Also today, we received delivery of the grass mats that are going on our tin roof.  Hope it works out.

This evening we had a Seder/Passover service.  Very nice and inspirational.

Blessings to all of our readers.