Skip to main content

The REAL Football

The main thing the kids have enjoyed about our home assignment has been the youth group at church. The kids there have welcomed them with open arms and really made them feel at home and accepted. The other thing that has been good for all of us is our Life Group. They were the only kids in the group, but they really opened up and shared things that they might not have with just their parents. We really saw some spiritual maturity in their lives that we are excited about.

We've also been blessed this time around staying at MRF (Missionary Retreat Fellowship) because there have been a good number of teens staying here or nearby. One of their favorite activities now that it's warm is soccer. Before they got busy studying for finals, most evenings would find a group of them in the field playing soccer.

Soccer, known as football in every country in the rest of the world, is a great game involving endurance and skill. It is a game truly played with the feet and not with the hands as the game known as Americna football is played. In case you didn't know, the world presently is involved in a tournament known as World Cup Football, taking place in Germany. Daniel and Suzanne are in grief because we don't have cable TV and the stations we get don't air such an important event as World Cup Football. Get this, in Niger we get one, count it, one station. That station will televise every single game in the World Cup.

Hey, Natalie, remember when we watched the World Cup in the Gambia..."Eat football, sleep football, drink CocaCola."

Oh well, I do like a good football (as the rest of the world calls it) game, but I guess it's not to be this time around.

Comments

Dusty Penguin said…
I do remember! Everyone would crowd into the hotel lobby, including people off the street, to watch the game. I don't think any of us will ever forget those commercials--which means Coke did a pretty good job! The kids went around saying that all day, especially Daniel.
Hey, I wonder if there's any way you can watch the game on-line??
Hall Chronicles said…
C'mon, Amerika! Get with it! American football is one of the stupidest games ever invented compared to REAL football. I tuned in yesterday too late to see the Korea/Togo match. Too bad Togo lost. I then watched the France/Switzerland match and in my opinion, Switzerland won in that 0/0 match by keeping France from scoring! Didn't get to see the next match. Now listen up! If you live at LA again when it is going to be World Cup Football, get Direct TV so you will have ESPN. I was wishing yesterday and will be today and onward that there was some way I could pipe it up North to y'all. Seems unfair I can see it and y'all can't.
Hannatu said…
Daniel is hoping the Cedarville lounges have ESPN. Hope he does some studying during his two-week course too! You have to pay to get on-line tv and it would be worth it for The Cup if we weren't going to be traveling during so much of it.
Hall Chronicles said…
Daniel was very disciplined when y'all were here in March about turning off the TV and studying for the SAT and no one was telling him to turn off the TV or to study. So if C/v has ESPN in the lounges, and they will, I think he'll also get his studying done. The only ones watching it will be MK's!!!!
mymeanderings said…
All four of you will leave a huge hole when you leave. It is natural to open our arms to you, you and your family bring color and warmth to the church..you are an amazing family!

Popular posts from this blog

Practice Hospitality

My mother-in-law, Jean, is an amazing person with many gifts.  One of the first things I noticed about her when I was but a young bride, was her gift of hospitality.  It was nothing for her to invite a large group of people over, make each one feel welcome, cook a big meal,and seemingly do it without stressing herself out.  I don't know if hospitality just came naturally to her or if she learned it.  In this picture you can see Jean throwing a party for a class she taught in Nigeria.  




I believe that for me it has been a learned skill.  My parents were hospitable and it wasn't unusual for us to have guests over (though usually not as many at a time as my mother-in-law would do!).  But when I started living on my own, I had to learn hospitality.  The first time I invited somebody over for a meal, the lid got stuck on the pot of vegetables, I put too much salt or soda or something in the muffins, and I forgot to serve milk and sugar with the hot drinks.  I've gotten much bett…

2016 in Review

Let's take a look at the year 2016.

January's big events were the dedication of the Tamajaq New Testament, our annual Spiritual Life Conference, helping friends find a house, a trip to visit missionaries in the bush, attended a big wedding, and celebrated John's birthday. It was a pretty busy month.  My January picture is from our trip to the bush and shows baobab trees.  



February was a little less crazy.  John started taking moolo lessons.  February is the time of year when the fresh fruits and veggies are in season so I did a lot of work to freeze veggies for the hot months ahead.  This picture isn't terribly exciting, but a year after the church burnings this church we helped plant back in 1989 finally had a new ceiling and a fresh coat of paint.



In March we attended another big wedding, froze more veggies, celebrated Easter, and visited a church in another town.  John and I have visited a lot of churches in the past three years as he has done research for his doctora…

Meat Roll-ups

Tonight I made meat roll-ups.  And I got to use some ingredients that made food prep much easier than normal!  I did make two batches of rolls so that John could have a lactose-free meal.

The first thing to do is to brown some hamburger.  With the main batch I stirred a tin of mushroom soup into the browned meat.  For John's batch, I stirred in flour, some almond milk, and seasonings just enough to moisten it, but not to make it really runny.  In Niger, I would make it the second way since we don't have tinned soup.

Next I made a batch of biscuit dough using Bisquick.  Of course, in Niger, I have to make the biscuit dough from scratch.  I mixed it up with the almond milk.  Once the dough is rolled out in a strip, spread the meat mixture on it.  Roll it up like you would cinnamon rolls and cut into slices.  Lay the slices on a cookie sheet and cook in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.



While they're baking, I browned fresh mushrooms in butter (in Niger I would use tinned mushroo…