We are a family of three; Andrew, Jodie and Jessica (aged 17) from Tasmania, Australia who are currently serving in Cotonou, Benin West Africa on the M/V Africa Mercy, the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, through Mercy Ships International. God has called us on a journey that has been many years in the making. For this season we call West Africa home as we seek to bring hope and healing to the poorest of the poor.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Can you spot our divers?
What about now?
Mercy Ships urgently require the services of a Master Diver. Check out the website for more information: www.mercyships.org. Click on the United States flag (the first one), go to the menu on the right hand side and click on volunteer, then click on "Urgent/Critical".
Monday, May 16, 2011
Imagine our surprise when we opened this month's Mercy Ships online newsletter, "Connections" to find it staring, well, me, Jodie!! Connections goes world wide so guess that gives me 15 seconds of fame. Mind you my accent sounds lovely and okka-how do you spell that? This month's Connections focuses on a midwifery conference in Freetown and part two is all about the international crew and the cool thing is that I am the intro!! The reason I look hot, exhausted and am sporting bed hair is that I am about seven hours into our second screening day, after rising at 5:00am and walking in scorching heat and humidity up and down a hill. Aaaahhhh-the price of fame-lol! Hope you enjoy!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
All worn out!
Even Puppy Pre-school could not get the mischief out of Barney. Here he is destroying Marion's parent's mat.
Barney and Marion. Marion we thank you so much for blessing our family with the huge task of minding and loving Barney until our return! We miss you Barney!!
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
There was a definite eggy theme going on. This is a photo from the reception area of an egg tree.
Faith, Hope and Love.
Whalla! The end result. All those months watching Master Chef finally paid off as I found myself mysteriously and instinctively knowing how to fill and use a piping bag!!
Here we are on Easter morning-Sunday. Incase you are wondering why we look half asleep-that's because we are! Hot cross buns cooked by our wonderful, now departed, baker, Albert, during the night, were served along with coffee at Starbucks at 7:30am.
In keeping with the Egg theme-here is Jess trying her hardest to fit a whole Easter egg into her mouth at once. The Easter Bunny managed to find us in Sierra Leone and even to deliver Easter eggs-impressive Easter bunny!!!
On Sunday afternoon the kids listened to the Easter Egg Resurrection Story and then went on an Easter Egg hunt around the ship. Here is Jess ready to go!