I said in our last prayer letter that I was going to blog about the girl’s ministry that I have recently been helping out with. But I am not the best blogger in the world and I am not sure where to start . . . Do I write about girls’ camp back in September where I first started with the girls? Do I talk about going to Gyero what their place is like? Or do I introduce you to each girl? Or . . . . . ? So let me side step writing my blogs for short time. There are several here with City Ministries that are better at blogging than I am, and they have written some blogs that answer some of these questions. So instead of writing about girls’ ministry, let me tell you a bit about some of the people that we are honored to work with here in Jos — they are wonderful people! (You can find out more about them all on the City Ministries Web Site).
Jamie Higbee — http://www.jamiehigbee.blogspot.com/ — Jamie is a wonderful young lady from Seattle, Washington, who is here for 6 months. We are sad that her months will be over in December – but glad that the kids here have gotten under her skin and that she wants to stay involved. She may be helping short-term church sponsored teams that are preparing to serve here for a few weeks at a time. She spent her time assisting Nicky Brand – which means she got to be involved in the girl’s ministry, help run their camp in September, participate in the wonderful ministry of helping to reconcile some of the boys to their families, watch a library get established at Gyero (our main care center for young children in the Jos area) and watch a seasoned missionary at work. Nicky, however, left for Texas (to visit Erin) yesterday and does not return until after our team comes. Sooooo, Jamie is helping out with the team. YEAH!! I love her enthusiasm and willingness to do whatever. Praise God for her.
Nicky Brand — http://brandnicky.blogspot.com/ — Nicky is a seasoned school teacher from England who spent a year with City Ministries a few years ago and got hooked. She has returned and just finished another year – this time as a long-term missionary. As an educator she is well equipped to help over see the education of the kids, but the ways I see God really using her is in the girl’s ministry and the ministry of reconciliation. She does a whole lot more – with the Nigerian management team, the education committee and more – but I get to see and hear about the others. Nicky is the one that invited me to help with the girl’s camp and the one I credit for getting me out of my cocoon. I is not up to her to get me to spread my wings – but she certainly is a help and friend.
Erin Rigsby — http://erinrigsby.blogspot.com/ — Erin is a nurse from Texas who has spent several years here helping with the health and life needs of the kids. We got to meet her when we first arrived in February but then this summer, when we were just starting to get to know her, she had to return to the States for health reasons. Her heart is still here – as you can see by her blog – and we are praying that healing will be complete and she will be able to return.
Joseph Shriver — http://www.josephshriver.blogspot.com/ — Joseph has only been here for a few months but plans to stay 2 years. His heart is also for the kids. I don’t see him much as he spends a lot of time with the kids either at Gyero or Giden Bege and (obviously) he does not attend our CME ladies’ Bible study. My most poignant memory of him is when he called me Mrs. Snyder – because I am his elder. I couldn’t stand that so got him to stop that by asking him to call my Mama David – what Africans call me. It is disrespectful to call people older than yourself by their first name – as is should be – so I am called by my eldest child’s first name. Because I am probably as old as his mom (ouch!!) he just can’t call me Susan and I respect him for that. But I hate being called Mrs. Snyder except by David and Brian’s friends – and often they call me Auntie Susan.
We get to work with some wonderful people – and the ones I have introduced you to are just the missionaries that are good at blogging. There are other missionaries. And lots of Nigerians too!
Also check out the blog below. Bill Legere is the team leader for the team that is coming to visit us TOMORROW!!!! The team consists of 19 people all from Auburn, Maine. They are
- Bill and Teresa Legere with their 2 girls DeeDee (age 7) and Sarah (8)
- Sarah McNally – office manager at the church, great friends with the Legeres, developing friend of mine and co-leader of the team.
- Bill and Pat Carson – My Mom and Dad!!!
- Jason Landry – and his 10 year old daughter Emily
- Richard Rombalski –
- Cheryl Conlan
- Joanne Blue
- Barbara Warren
- Marlene Tew
- Randi Marble – Teresa Legere’s Sister
- Jen Legere – Bill Legere’s Sister
- Jen Crowell
- Emily Avery
- Donna Elcewicz
They will have lots of stories to tell – and you can check them out on Bill’s blog or use his site to connect to others that they may have. http://life-with-grace.blogspot.com/
These guys all do a great job of introducing you to some of the kids – especially the girls at Gyero. So check out their blogs. I know their blogs do not eliminate my responsibility to write and I will try to get on to it soon. But knowing there will be a team here for 2 weeks and my parents for an extra 10 days (SMILE) I wanted to get you started on some great reading and insight into our life and ministry here.
More later – thanks for your interest and prayer.