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We're back!!!

We completed our survey trip on Wednesday, Jan 18 and flew into Atlanta on Thursday. After only5 days of being back we are still a bit jet-lagged. Thus, we feel like we really accomplished something by putting out this newest prayer letter so quickly! So, go read it! :-) You can find by clicking the "Updates" tab above.
Some pictures from our trip are on our Picasa Account here.

Update 7- (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

TUESDAYToday we got into Sharon Rahilly's car and drove back to Kpalime. On the way there I snapped this picture of this van. Too bad you can't see from this picture how many passengers there were.
Dave & Doris Totman, Geuntan(a Togolese), Jim Gerhart, and Sharon were holding a BATA (Baptist Academy of Theology in Africa) meeting to which they invited us. It was interesting to observe and hear them fine tune what we want it to look like. BATA is still being developed to offer bachelor's degrees. There are currently 2 students taking BATA classes in Ghana.
Before we left, Patience, the seamstress, delivered the clothes we had made.
We got back to Tsiko around 2pm and napped, naturally.
Judy Bowen and Sharon Rahilly had Kevin & Emily Hall and us over for dinner. Our first homemade TOGOLESE food! It was great!
WEDNESDAY We met a few of the Mango Team missionaries this morning as they were all assembling for Togo Team Meetings on the Hospital Compound. Then, o…

Survey Trip- Update 6 (Sunday & Monday)

SUNDAYOur 2nd Sunday in Togo we attended the Tsiko church. This church uses drums and we sat right next to the brass players. They were really loud! There were two different choirs, one on each side of the platform and each sang a special. During the specials, many women of the church danced down the aisle and dropped an offering in the basket at the front of the church. I sooooo wanted to follow the line of women down the aisle. . . I’ll have to stop being so self-conscious when we move! Andrew and I played a combination of Because He Lives, and Amazing Grace on borrowed instruments and then he preached on Ruth chapter 1. The missionaries living on the hospital compound get together every Sunday night for a service. Andrew preached Ruth chapter 2 and we played another special number.MONDAY We visited four classes at the public school in Zongo this morning. We drove by two mosques on our way there. Some of the spots on the road were was pretty hard on the car. At the school …

Survey Trip- Update 5 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Thursday morning we visited the Agbale Pedogan Christian school. There was a girl from Germany with a group giving assistance to Togolese Schools for a few months, I think. The group was all split up into different Lome Schools. The kids loved her. They also loved the camera! We visited Concord supermarket and the Wards picked up groceries. They bought a lot of screw-in 60w light bulbs. Apparently, those aren’t always available. We stopped in the market for a few minutes and bought a ton of fruit. Then we started the drive north. We reached Kpalime around 1pm and had lunch at Chez Fanny again (I had curry shrimp, gotta love my curry!!!), then we continued on to Tsiko. Laundry was the first thing we did when we arrived. FRIDAYI felt sick (no need to go into details). Sorted through pictures and videos. Andrew cracked open a coconut for us. Even though I've lived in the tropics since I was 5, I'm still not a fan of coconut. We also tasted some of the star fruit. N…

Survey Trip- Update 4

Thankfully my voice returned by this morning. I saw (and killed) my first mosquito in the middle of the night. So far I've only been bit once, which surprises me. I cover myself in DEET every morning knowing how attractive mosquitoes usually find me. Since it's the dry season here, though, there aren't as many around. We visited the Be Christian school this morning. From there, Kujoji and Joseph Akakpo accompanied us to the public school. Joseph is national who is also with ABWE. We really enjoyed getting to know him better and look forward to working with him when we return.
We drove by the Atlantic Ocean in the afternoon. The road is pretty far removed from the beach. We had dessert after lunch- ICE CREAM CREPES. Absolutely delicious!We returned to the customs office to pick up our passports. It was not as easy as we assumed it would be. There was a crowd of 20 people at a table. Two officers had a box of foreign and Togolese passports. The first officer picked thro…

Survey Trip- Update 3, (Tuesday, January 10th)

We visited a Public school (near Becky's house) in the morning. As on Monday, Amenyo and Roger were our translators. Amenyo teaches at the Kpegolonou Christian elementary school and Roger is the principal of La Lumier.The teachers at the public school were on STRIKE! The kids were running around unattended. The principle was the only responsible adult there! This would be unheard of in the states. For some reason, I wasn’t thinking how strange it was at the time, though. In this case I’m only noticing the difference in culture in retrospect. Just a note to anyone visiting to Togo schools- show your camera and you will get swarmed! The kids love having their pictures taken, which makes for really blurry pictures because they are constantly trying to get closer to the camera!We hit the Kpegolonou Christian school (near Beky's house) around lunchtime. I hung out with the kindergartners. About the only phrase I could say in French was "Qe'est-ce que c'est?&…

Survey Trip- Update 2

Andrew preached on Sunday morning and used a translator for the firsttime! He did great.The pastor saidthey'd give us a live chicken that was given as an offering.Afterwards there were several testimonies givenfrom parents who have children in the Christian schools.On Sunday night we gave our testimonies to most of the missionarieswho live on theHospital compound. We really enjoyed getting to knowthem better.Today is Monday night for us. This morning we left Tsiko (resisting the urge to spell it out chico), where theABWE hospital is located and drove about 45 minutes toKpalime wherewe visited two schools (a public and a christian). Andrew gaveasurvey to two teachers at each school about their expectations oftheir students. This will help him while he works on his Doctorate ofEducation. It was amazing to see the differences between the twoschools. In the public schools the children were made to repeat aphrase over and over again in an effort to learn pronunciation. Itwas clear they…

Survey Trip- Update 1

It seemed like it took us forever just to get out of the states- 12 hours of flights and layovers! The 10 flight over to Accra, Ghana seemed quick because we slept almost the entire way. We were able to get through customs very easily. Customs agent #11 opened one bag, glanced at the top and sent us on our way. Maybe he didn't notice our 5 other bags! Bea Ward and Sheree, a friend from Chattanooga picked us up from the airport and took us to eat lunch at a small outdoor cafe. Here's a picture of me with airplane hair.

That evening we were able to talk to Alyssa on the phone. It wasn't a good call. Cyrus refused the bottle up till the day we left and still would not accept it. It was hard enough being away from the boys for 2 weeks, much less having to think about their health. There was a little talk of dehydration and the possibility I'd have to go back early. That first night was a rough one. Eventually, it took about 36 hours before Cyrus ate anything voluntari…

Our bags are packed and we're ready to go. . . almost

Our Survey Trip Checklist Funding Airline TicketsEntry Visas
Yellow Fever Vaccinations
Babysitter House-sitter
Transportation to airport
Bags packed

We're so excited about visiting Togo! Please pray that we'll have a really productive trip! So far, I've only cried twice about leaving the boys. Pray my heart doesn't break during our trip.
Alyssa, Andrew's sister took some great pictures of our family on New Years Day. Here is one of them.