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A jam-packed, very full, so much happening, all good update (and a video)

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We’ve moved to a pineapple farm! OK, so it is in the process of becoming an ex-pineapple farm, but man, these plants are stubborn and don’t want to leave! Some background… A few months ago, a ministry partner bought a farm here in Swaziland with the intention of letting AIM use the fields for ministry projects and programs. In January, we were asked if we could move to the land the very next month to be the caretakers during the planning and building processes. There’s a nice house on the land where the previous owners lived, and we are staying in a cottage next to it where they used to house guests. Moving here has been a huge change for us- we’re sad the other missionaries are no longer our neighbors, and in fact, our closest neighbors now aren’t even within shouting distance! We are about 30 minutes away from our last home in Manzini, where our office is. (We’re still deeply involved with the office and we’ve only poured more into our jobs and coworkers since our last update, we just have a longer commute now.) It’s usually very quiet at our new home –except for the occasional monkeys playing on our roof. We’ve noticed more geckos, lizards, birds and mosquitoes in the countryside, but thankfully we haven’t seen a snake yet. There’s a bit of a learning curve here as our water is from a well (or as the locals say, a borehole). As the property’s caretakers, it’s…

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Off to Work We Go

By | Friends and Family, Life and Faith, News and Updates, Swaziland | One Comment

We have internet! We have air conditioning! We have a 1-year-old! Apologies for the radio silence- so much has happened in the last few weeks but we haven’t had internet to post an update in awhile. Last Friday, Zach turned 1. Wow. We had a little birthday party for him where he was completely uninterested in his “smash” cake (maybe because mom used a sugar-free recipe). He did, however enjoy opening birthday presents and having so many other kids to play with. It is amazing to see Zach learning something new everyday. This week he learned how to “RAWR” like a lion. Oh the aborableness- it kills me! Our office was on holiday until January 11, but now ministry is in full swing again. I’ve been busy learning the ropes to take over finances for one of the missionaries whose family is soon going on furlough for 3 months. Brandon has been giving some IT lessons to the local staff and helping make our tech more efficient. Brandon has been quite popular with requests to debug laptops and help create media for donor relations. We’ve also visited a few homesteads over the last month and a half. Most of them we visited before Christmas so we could bring some of the neediest families food to last the Christmas break. It’s always humbling to see these families who have no electricity, no plumbing and are so grateful for your visit and gift of food. One family we visited was using barbed…

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Rain, Rain, Come this Way!

By | Friends and Family, News and Updates, Personal Reflections, Swaziland | 6 Comments

Pouring rain, thunder, lightning, then… no power. No biggie, we feel super proud of ourselves for bringing headlights and solar-lamps! Then… a bit of disappointment when the lights go back on five short minutes later. We were excited to rough it! We were glad for even that half hour of rain, as the drought has been terrible here. Fields that should be green are crunchy with dead grass. It’s spring here, but instead of new life, over 12,000 cattle have died from starvation. We are glad to hear it may rain more in the next few days. Please keep Swazi weather in your prayers. We’ve now been here just over a week and have gotten so much more done than we expected. We were told that everything takes a lot of time here, so we feel blessed that we have been able to get a post box, buy a car, and sign a lease on a house. Of course, there are no set dates for when we will actually receive the car or move into the house 😉 We’ve also gotten to visit a few carepoints while they’ve had their Christmas parties. We are thankful for that distraction because before the festivities begin, they are pretty fascinated with Zach. They don’t get to see non-Swazi babies often (if ever), so they tend to swarm him and all want to hold and touch him. I’m glad they will make good playmates for him, but for now, I’ve been keeping him close as to not…

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