We’ve now entered the beginning of the rainy season (also known as the hot season). There has not been much rain, which makes the humidity worse. Technically, it’s not really that hot, temperature wise, but it’s so humid that you constantly sweat or feel sticky. We’re told, “just wait! There will be moments when all you want to do is lie on the tile floors”. But apparently that comes in late September and October. But it’s really not that...

I always have trouble writing “firsts.”

The first essay for a class, the first entry in a journal, the first post in a new blog… I’m excited about the start of something new, a clean page, but I can’t seem to turn off this nagging voice in the back of my head.

“Bethany, you’ll look back on this in a year and realize how woefully naïve you sound, how much you didn’t know, how wrong you were about so many things.”

And it’s...

The weather here is starting to get warmer and be a little more humid in the middle of the day. However, by the late afternoon, it’s already cooling down, thanks to the ocean breeze. We’re almost done reviewing all of the sessions from the curriculum with the committee. We plan on presenting some of the changes and the new page layout/format to an open meeting with other members of PEVF by June 30th. It feels good to have several...

In May, my (Jessica’s) cousin came to visit us for a week. We had a great time with her and were able to see many of Dakar’s landmarks. We went to visit the Marché HLM which is the largest textile market in Senegal. There were so many different types of beautiful cloth. Naturally, a decent amount of cloth was bought that day.

We also visited Île de Gorée which is a beautiful, peaceful island that has...

* 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...

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