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Love and Respect

A friend loaned me the book Love & Respect: The Love She Most Deserves, The Respect He Desperately Needs by Emerson Eggerichs about a year ago. It took me this long to get around to reading it, but am I ever glad I did!

I've read quite a number of books on marriage and they were all helpful in some way or another. Other ones I just can't seem to get around to reading. Like the one we had on our shelf for ages entitled something like Building Up Your Mate's Self-Esteem. I just couldn't see how my mate's self-esteem is my problem or how my self-esteem is his problem. Unless, of course, we are purposely trying to tear each other down. Which we aren't, so I didn't read it.

But this book is so good that I would recommend it to every married couple, every engaged couple, and every young adult who is trying to figure out the opposite sex. It's that good.

And it's really very simple. In fact the one weakness of the book is that it is a bit repetit…

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The Wallace and Gromit movies are hilarious. They are for kids, but adults probably enjoy them as much or more than the kids. One of the movies was Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I think in the movie the rabbits were making off with the prize produce and Wallace and Gromit were out to catch the wicked animals. It's been a long time since I watched it, so I don't remember how it turned out! Recently we were at an event that was also attended by a wicked rabbit.

There is a couple here in Niamey who have a children's home. The children who live with them are not adoptable but they are children who have been abandoned or who are at risk in their homes. If it weren't for Josie and Bernard, they would probably be street kids. There are about 30 kids who live at CSEN, the name of the center. Recently they celebrated their 10th year anniversary and had a big celebration to which many people were invited.

I take a group of Sahel students to the or…


Suzanne decorated the cover of her journal with clippings from magazines. I thought it was a great idea, and wanted to do it, too. But I didn't know when I'd ever find time for it. Then one night recently the power was off for about three hours. John and I had been planning on watching a movie together, but that was out. Doing anything on the computer was out. Neither of us was in the mood for a game. So, we sat at the table and by candle-light he read a book and I got out all the old magazines and started cutting.

This is what I came up with. The one on the left is my journal. I'm not really much of a journal keeper. I'm perhaps an odd introvert in that I'm not terribly introspective and so I don't think a lot about what's happening and don't spend a lot of time on reflection. I tried to glue on things that describe me...chocolate, coke, things about home. I put on the "pilgrims" because I am a pilgrim on this earth. "Marriag…

Tera Outreach Trip

This past weekend, we took a group of Sahel students up to Tera for an outreach trip. We stayed in the church property of the Bethel church. This property is across the street from the home of a Christian family who let us use the property and who also let us use their latrines. The girls camped in this tent. John and I forgot the poles for our tent, but at least we had cots, so we slept under the stars. The boys slept at the private school property that this family owns and operates.

The first night they kids just sang together and we had devotions together. We went to bed fairly early knowing we had a big day ahead of us the next day.

We spent Saturday morning in Doumba helping put a new roof on their church. The roof beams had been eaten by termites and had collapsed in the rainy season. John had already purchased new beams of a more termite-resistant type of log and the believers had the logs in place and new mats attached. It was up to the kids to mix this dirt and water a…