Skip to main content


Showing posts from July, 2015

A Moving Experience

The end of June, the entire month of July, and the beginning of August are our busiest months in the personnel office.  Not only are there things in the office to do to say good-bye to those leaving Niger and to prepare for those arriving, there are things to do outside the office as well.

Every house that somebody vacates needs to have curtains washed (you should see what a year of Niger dust on curtains looks like!), all dirty linens washed, and needs a good thorough cleaning.  Sometimes we have a few weeks to get that done before the next arrival, but sometimes we only have a few days.  Thankfully it only happens rarely that we only have a few hours....but that was the case last week.

We recently had two long-term families arrive who had bought furniture from families who had left.  But the furniture was not in the house where the new families would be living.  So we needed to get it to the right place.  We also had a third long-term family return from home assignment.  Their house h…

Show and Tell: Home Tour Edition

Today I'm linking up again with Momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday.
 This time the theme is house tours.  I love seeing how people arrange and decorate their houses and I've wondered, if we ever live in the USA again, about getting a real estate license.  I don't know....but it sounds interesting to me to help people find a place that's just right for them.

I'm especially excited about this post because in June we had to have a large portion of our ceiling torn out because termites had lunch up there.  

They even ate the rafter that had the ceiling fan attached to it.  Yikes! Yep, they ate the whole thing. We had planned on getting our house painted this summer, too, because the paint was peeling off the walls.  So from having our ceiling torn out, to getting a termite treatment done (that stuff reeks!), to having the ceiling re-done, to painting with oil-based paint, we couldn't live in our house for about a month.

 Thankfully our next-door neighbors were go…

We Just Keep Plugging Away

John had hoped to finish up his doctorate by the summer of 2016.  But while he was in Oxford in April and May, one thing he and his advisers realized is that that's not going to happen.  The aim now is September 2017. 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, John has had to take on some extra administrative responsibilities starting in November.  This has left him with less time for his doctorate.  Also, some things that happened in November, including the sudden death of a colleague, and then the events of January 16 and 17 in which churches were attacked and burnt, packed a hard punch and left John discouraged and unmotivated.  

While in England he was able to debrief with a member of the pastoral staff at the church he attends while in Oxford.  The meetings with his academic advisers also helped him figure out what still needs to be done, what his time line is for getting it done, and a way to keep on track.  He came back encouraged and more focused than he's been for awhile.

Some of…

Eating Out in Niamey

The number and variety of restaurants we have in Niamey never ceases to amaze me.  I am equally amazed by the number of patrons each restaurant has! There are a lot of people eating out in Niamey on any given night. Niamey has every thing from tables by the side of the street where one can buy rice and sauce, roasted meat, or fried bean-cakes or doughnut-like cakes to restaurants in little shacks where you can sit down and eat a meal for around $2.00 to more expensive European-style restaurants where you pay anywhere from $8.00 - $20.00 per person.  We have African food including varieties from all over West Africa, Chinese food, Indian food, Lebanese food, Italian food, and French food.  We're still waiting for a good Thai restaurant and, of course, a good Tex-Mex restaurant!  (There you go for a business as mission idea!)

We usually eat out about once a month at a nicer restaurant.  We do often buy a meat/French fry sandwich off the sandwich stand down the street for $1.00. But w…

The Craziness of the Middle of June to the Middle of August

The middle of June to the middle of August are my busiest months.  We have a lot of people leaving in June.  Many who leave are short termers who have finished their 1-month to 2-year commitment.  There are also many long-term missionaries who begin their home assignment as soon as their kids are done with school and many take their month of holiday in June or July.  Starting in July we get a new surge of people coming in.

All of this involves, from my desk, a lot of letter email writing back and forth to our sending entities.   Once a placement is agreed upon, I'll offer help to sort out how to apply for visas, what things to bring to Niger, and answering a multitude of questions.  We have such a frequent turn-over at our mission hospital, that we have a personnel coordinator there who works just on hospital personnel placements.  Sahel Academy's Human Resources Administrator also works with me on Sahel Academy specific placements.  These two ladies handle a lot of the corresp…