Skip to main content

Congratulations Class of 2007

Tonight was Daniel's graduation from high school....the culmination of 13 years of hard work. Well, maybe kindergarten wasn't so hard! We are extremely proud of him! Tonight's ceremony and reception following were very meaningful. I have so many photos there is no way I can post them all!



Daniel getting ready.




















Pomp and Circumstance.


Sahel Academy class of 2007: Daniel D., Daniel K., Ojeoma, Hadiza, Emmanuel, and David!

















One of the teachers, Mr. Field, addressed the students. He gave an excellent summary of the character of each student and encouraged them in their future walk. His talk showed how very well he knows each student and how much he cares for them. The director of the school, "Uncle Brian", gave a brief message: 3, 2, 1, Go. Three: faith, hope love. Two: love your God and love your neighbor. One: One God and one way to heaven. Go into the world and preach the gospel. Another teacher sang a great song about friendship.

Each of the graduates got to talk about memories and thank those that influenced them. Daniel's speech was well-delivered and brought tears to my eyes. He even talked in Songhai directly to his friend, Soumeyla, who we invited to come down from Tera for the graduation.







And then, of course, the moment they had all really been waiting for: the granting of their diplomas. He does have it in his hand, you just can't see it!




The graduation ceremony was held in the building of "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs". So after the ceremony, we all drove back to the school for the reception. The teachers had transformed the cafeteria into a beautiful place and we all enjoyed this beautiful cake and some other snacks.








Here we have Daniel with Suzanne.









And with his friend, Soumeyla.
OK, here we are with one last parting shot. Siblings will be siblings!

Comments

Dusty Penguin said…
I already made my comments on IM with you, but will comment here too. It looks like it was a very beautiful, impressive, meaningful ceremony. The building looks very nice, I love the graduation stolls/scarves, Daniel looks very handsome, and I wish I could have been there to hear the testimonies and the speakers. Congratulations, Daniel, on your graduation. Remind me to give you your card and gift when you come to the USA because I didn't want to mail it to you there at this point near your departure. Savor every moment of your last days in Niger. I know you've already been doing as many special things as possible. But give yourself wholely and entirely to a new future, a new beginning. Don't hold back from enjoying college life and enjoying the US. You have so many new and wonderful experiences ahead of you.
Love, Aunt Natalie
Cindy said…
Looks like it was a great time!
Enjoy your time together back in the States!!

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…