* I wrote this a while ago in a journal, but forgot to post it. Here it is now! Better late than never. *

 I (Jessica) had the privilege of visiting my family in the United States as well as attending my cousin’s wedding in April. Here are some thoughts on going back to North American culture and returning again to Senegal:

 

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Yesterday, on the way home from visiting a community that will participate in World Renews agriculture programming, we were again reminded of God’s promises, His faithfulness and His provision as we witnessed the warm rains falling on newly planted seeds and a rainbow reminding us of God’s promises and His love for all people throughout the world.

Jannetta and I recently attended a week-long Conservation Agriculture conference in Harare, Zimbabwe hosted by the Canadian Food Grains Bank. The theme of the...

Preparation

       The prospect of going to Uganda is becoming more real! I am still working on fundraising (see my last blog post for information), and I have signed up for orientation. I have also chosen a mission theme for myself, which is "Serving with Humility". It seems like a somewhat cliche' theme, but I find it very important because I want to go into Uganda with an open mind and open heart. I desire to leave my pride...

A month ago, we had the opportunity to travel to several towns and villages outside of Dakar. We travelled with some of the staff from World Renew as they were showing World Renew’s health consultant the PEVF (Programme d’education de la vie familiale/education of family life program) in the different villages. We spent four days traveling through parts of Senegal we had never seen. It was wonderful to see the countryside and the way people live outside of...

We’ve been having beautiful weather lately. It’s quite cool and “fresh”, as they say here. It’s generally between 18 to 25 degrees, with a lovely breeze. We hear that it starts warming up in May and becomes quite hot in August, so we still have a few months left of this gorgeous weather. It’s also sunny for 11 to 12 hours a day, so we’re enjoying that much more than the few hours of sun that you might get back...

Looking at the calendar, I am told that March is half over. My flight home is looming a mere 10 days from now which means that projects are wrapping up and my time in Mwandi is coming to an end. 

 

Since my last blog post, there has been another American team of doctors who have come to serve. They were based primarily at OVC (the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children project) instead of at Mwandi Mission Hospital. To say this team was...

We’ve settled into a routine now. We absolutely love living in Malika; there is always something happening and different people popping in. From NGO groups to mission teams, missionaries to Senegalese people (both from Dakar and from villages outside). It’s always so interesting to meet and talk (in a variety of languages) to other brothers and sisters in Christ that we would not have had the chance of meeting otherwise.
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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...

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