I can’t believe the first week of February has already come and gone. The whole concept of “time” here in Mwandi is such an odd thing. On one hand, it seems like time moves slowly here and so much is accomplished in one day, but on the other hand, there never seems to be enough hours in a day to do all the tasks and somehow the week is over before I know it. 

The first update is something like a...

This marks the start of our 8th week of being here. We have completed our move to Malika and are now travelling by foot or ‘car rapide’ (multi-coloured open-air minibus) to the community Centre in Bene Barak or Yeumbeul. The first and second week of January I spent imputing over 200 participant surveys. These surveys are conducted with each participant before the program begins each year, and then after completion. An analysis of the before and after surveys helps...

As I near the end of my placement here in Honduras, I'm finding it’s good to reflect: What have I learned? What have I done in these 5 months? Lists are always a popular blog item, so here, in no particular order, is what came to mind this morning:

  • Visited at least 25 different communities in 7 different ‘departments’ (the word for province or state here)
  • Reviewed and corrected the functioning of the electronic version of a household survey with
  • ...

Christmas does not have the same pressures in Tanzania as it does in North America. Our work with AICT and World Renews partners slows down as many of the people we connect with are preparing to travel to their home villages to visit with family during the holidays. Business slows down and the children have a long Christmas break from school. During December, we found ourselves juggling our work schedules to take the opportunity to support other missionaries...

Well, we have spent more than six weeks here. We have finished our formal Wolof lessons and will soon move to Malika in order to work in Yeumbeul. We still have much to learn in regards to the language, but we are confident we will use it quite a bit in the suburbs. Closer to downtown, most people prefer speaking French, but in the suburbs, Wolof is the primary language.

We traveled on the bus to Fond de Terre to the...

Hello again! We have settled back into our routine in Mwandi after an exciting two weeks exploring Tanzania. Let me fill you in....

It started with a long bus ride. We first rode from Mwandi to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, which was a 9 hr ride. We arrived at 4 am and our next bus didn't leave till 1 pm so we joined the hundreds of other people sleeping in the bus station. It...

We would like to wish everyone a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have now almost finished up a complete month in Senegal. We’re starting to feel that we can find our way around our neighbourhood, know how to buy food, converse with people with a mix of French and Wolof, as well as prepare food that tastes good. We are still focusing on learning Wolof at this point in time. It has been a slow week...

Hello and welcome to my first blog post with World Renew! I want to start by saying that I am eager to participate in a trip to Uganda with the World Renew SWAP (serving with a purpose) team. Next July, I will be spending 4-5 weeks in Nebbi, Uganda to learn from partner staff how to appropriately encounter and respond to poverty issues and their roots. I look forward to expanding my view of God’s kingdom whilst experiencing God’s...

Hello All

We are headed out tomorrow to do some sight-seeing in Tanzania over the holidays. Our travel plans include an over 20hr bus ride, time at Lake Malawi, and the Ruaha game park! We are unsure what the internet status will be while we are away, so we wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with friends and family and remember the reason for the season. 

Love Brittany and Erin. ...

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