Monthly Archives: November 2012

Season’s Greetings

Happy Greetings!

Things are finally settling back to normal.

We were able to spend time with both of our families before coming home.

Josh’s mom made this amazing cake that helped fix some of my chocolate cravings. I ended up making it for Thanksgiving because it was so amazing!

And we had a bountiful meal at Mom’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving. (Everyone was more concerned with eating than with pictures, so here is a picture of us enjoying a nice walk after eating.)

Now that we are back home we plan on continuing to blog ever so often just to update what God is doing in our lives. We hope that you will stick around and see how our story unfolds. We are just as excited as you are. ūüôā

In Christ’s Love

Gail and Josh

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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in gail, Uncategorized


Texas, Our Texas

After 48 hours of traveling we are safely in Nacogdoches, Texas at Josh’s family house.

It was pretty uneventful travel, we thank you so much for your prayers.

We will update more once we have gotten some good rest and are back in Avoca.



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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


Things We Learned From Africa

  • Peanut Butter is an excellent substitute for dessert.
  • We can live without electricity, but a fan at night is priceless.

  • Who needs a lawn mower when you have kids with sharp slashers.

  • Beans and rice for every meal is not too bad.

  • Mud toys are better than plastic ones.
  • Cold showers can warm the soul.
  • Mango trees provide the coolest shade during the hottest time of day.

  • Monkey is a delicacy. (so are giant lizards)
  • A nice cool morning means extreme heat in the afternoon.
  • It is better to eat fruit and vegetables that are not quite ripe than none at all.

  • Bedtime is at dark. (which is usually about 7pm)

  • Dirt is cleaner in Africa than America.¬† No hand sanitizer here.
  • White people always bring candy and if you don’t, you are not a friend.
  • All you need to catch fish is some line, a hook, a stick, and 4-5 boys that love finding worms.

  • A crocodiles weakness is a set of sticks sticking above the water.

We learned many other things while here in Africa and we can’t wait to share them with you.¬† We just wanted to share some of the more unique experiences.

This will be our last post from Africa.  Hopefully the next time you hear from us, we will be back in the states.  We look forward to sharing all of our pictures, videos, and stories with you all when we get back.  Please continue to pray that our travel experience is uneventful and we adjust easily.

Thank you again,

Josh and Gail

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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


Happy Saturday!

First, we want to say Happy Birthday to Sydney Mims! Hope you are having a great day!

This week has gone by sooo quickly. Thank you all so much for your prayers because it has been a very good week.

We did our teaching with each of the classes and that went very well. They seemed to understand the importance of being imitators of Christ and really liked playing Follow the Leader. ūüôā

Gail did her second training this morning and it went better than expected. God really guided her words and she really feels like it will make a difference here on the compound.

This afternoon we had a game time with the kids. We played Sharks and Minnows and 6 Corners.  They really enjoyed it but it is so hot today we only played for about 45 minutes.

We are coming to the end of our time here in Terekeka and want to say thank you again for all of your support.¬† This has been a great experience for us. We have seen that God can use us in ways we didn’t expect as long as we are obedient to him.

In Christ’s Love,

Josh and Gail

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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Uncategorized



Well this week has certainly lived up to the busyness¬†that we thought.¬† We can’t believe it is already Wednesday.¬† The teachings have been going well.¬† We had to reschedule one teaching because¬†we had an opportunity to go into the local market and pick up a few gifts.¬† The interesting thing about South Sudan is that they do not really make anything here.¬† It is all imported.¬† All of the fabrics, jewelry, and crafts.¬† But there are some black bracelets and necklaces that are unique to the Mundari¬†people group that they give one another out of respect and gratitude.¬† We were able to get a few of those.

On the way back from Terekeka, the Land Cruiser almost flipped on its side due to a deep mud puddle.¬† We were not driving, but we did have four kids in the vehicle with us.¬† Once we realized that nothing was going to happen, the kids were told to run back to the compound, which was not far, and get Lance.¬† While we were waiting Josh hopped out of the vehicle into the mud and began to get the wench out and hook it on a tree.¬† Thankfully Josh is well skilled in wenches…not really.¬† Eventually the vehicle was removed from the mud and only a few beans were spilled.¬† All survived and by the time we got to the compound, everyone already knew what happened, and a bit more.

Today Josh was able to go out to the nearby village and share some Bible stories with some men and women.  He talked with about 5 different groups of people telling them the parable of the sower and when Jesus calmed the storm.  Hopefully seeds were planted, cultivated, or grown.

He also spoke at todays chapel and touched on the life of Joseph and how it was obvious to those around Joseph that God was with him.  He encouraged others to live in a way that showed God so strongly.  He was aided by Gail who held up an extra-large picture book that displayed the story of Joseph.  It was an effort to remind them that they must have heart knowledge as well as head knowledge.

Continue to be in prayer for the rest of our teachings and Gail’s seminar that sh is scheduled to give on Saturday.

Thank you for your prayers

Josh and Gail

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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Week Ahead

Well, we have 1 week left here in Africa.  It looks like it will be a busy week.

Already Gail has given a peacemaking seminar to some of the non-English speaking workers on the compound.  Saturday she is scheduled to give a more in-depth seminar to the English speaking workers, mainly teachers and leadership staff.

Also, Tuesday through Thursday we will be doing another teaching time with the school kids.  We will be talking about being imitators of Christ and leaders to those around them.

Josh will be speaking at the Wednesday afternoon chapel and is scheduled to go with Pastor Joseph that morning to te surrounding village to share the gospel and pray for those they encounter.

Please be in prayer for these specific things and also that our last full week here will be fruitful ad that we display a servant heart to all.

For your viewing pleasure; the MONSTER Catfish that Josh caught during our outing with the older boys.  They really enjoy taking pictures so Gail allowed a picture of her to be taken.

Thank you for taking time to be invested in us,

Josh and Gail

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in gail, Josh, Uncategorized


Just a Quick Update

We are coming up on our final full week here in Terekeka.

This week has been busy.

Josh has been varnishing wood for a new counter that is being built.  He has a great story about getting attacked by a bat. I think you should just ask him about it because it is too crazy to explain through the blog.

We have also been working¬†with the school and¬†doing a “Practical Learning Activity” with each of the classes.¬† We taught them about trust and¬†then had them go through an obstacle¬†course blindfolded with their¬†partner and classmates¬†telling them where to go.¬† They thought it was quite funny! With the older¬†children we took it a step further¬†and had some of them yelling the wrong way while the partner was telling them the right way.¬† We were then able to connect this to¬†real life and that there will always be things around us telling us how we should act or things we should do but we have to rely on the Bible to make the right decision.¬†We are making plans to do another¬†activity with the students next week, but today we were told that they did not have a rope strong enough for Tug-of-War so we have to¬†come up with another idea.

Today we did a scavenger hunt with the kids at the compound.  They had so much fun and the winning team got to choose their candy first, which is a VERY big deal. Here of some pictures of the teams running around the compound trying to find things.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. The kids really love songs and tomorrow at church they will sing “Every Move I Make” while Josh plays the guitar.¬† This is them all hanging around after practice wanting to hear and learn more songs.

Gail & Josh

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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in gail, Josh, Uncategorized