Monday, January 6, 2020

Stateside Housing

We have had such a wonderful time in the States visiting with family and friends.  When we come to the States, it's sometimes quite a challenge to find a place to call "home" while we are here. Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Supply, NC (near Holden beach) opened their mission home to us. It has been super comfortable and the church has been so generous with their hospitality and we have enjoyed getting to know them. If you are in the area, be sure to look them up!!
Pastor and Mrs. Mooney

Happy New Year

We rang in the New Year at Myrtle Beach. We attended a "Noon Years Eve" hosted by LuLu's at Barefoot Landing with a beach ball drop at noon. Such a fun time!
Noon years eve

New Years Eve games

Beach ball drop at noon

Christmas in WV

We are so thankful that we could be home for the holidays to spend with family. We spent Christmas week in WV with Amanda's side of the family and had such a wonderful time. So thankful for family!1
Kids with matching Elf on the Shelf hats

The girls got Christmas leggings

Papaw and Uncle Chris outfitted Bradyn with some camo

Going out to the woods

Putting on their face paint

Can hardly see him

Working on a shot

Practicing shooting

This boy was in heaven with 4 wheelers, guns, being outside,
hunting, and all kinds of boy fun

Christmas morning

Papaw and his grandkids

Papaw reading to Ellie

Mamaw reading to Ellie

Little baker

Touring the Greenbrier Resort



Monday, December 16, 2019

Mt Zion Baptist Church visit

Mt Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL has been partnering with us over the last 2 years in coming to share the love of Christ with the Botswana. They were coming on their first trip in June 2017 when a tragic accident on the way to the airport to catch their plane to Botswana, ended with the loss of life of a 17 year old precious girl named Sarah Harmening (see blog post Sarah's sweet family has become so dear to us and we have enjoyed having them in Botswana several times and wanted to visit them while we were in the States. They have become some of our dearest friends and we are so thankful for the many souls who have been saved as a result of the testimony of their daughter Sarah but also the testimony of this family as they have relied on the Lord throughout their loss.
We had such a wonderful visit with the Harmenings and the church family at Mt Zion and enjoyed sharing what the Lord is doing in Botswana.
The Harmening family-Karen, Scott, Katelyn, Sophie, and Kristen
Kristen opened a salon and named it "Bontle" which means 
"Beautiful" in Setswana.

Downtown Huntsville with the Harmenings

All of these precious young women have come to serve in Botswana.
I am trying to talk all of them into coming and serving for 2 months
during their summer break. 

Dinner with dear friends

After church, people who have come on a mission trip to 
Botswana came to have lunch with us.


We have been trying to see as many of our sweet friends as we can in the short time that we are here. We are thankful for friends that we can just pick back up with even after not seeing each other for years.
Tiffany is one of my girlfriends from Liberty University. We
were able to meet her and her husband Dwayne for breakfast
in Danville, VA. 
My friend Allison and her family lived in Botswana 
for 2 years. We valued their friendship so much and
love catching up with them when we can

Abe and Bradyn were best friends in Botswana

All the kids had fun hanging out at a climbing gym

We met up with a missionary kid-Micah Davis-that
we knew from his parents service in Botswana. It 
was so wonderful to get to visit with his precious wife
Caley and their newborn son Finley. 

Nick and Dana have been our friends since we first
moved to Raleigh in 2004. We were members of a young marrieds
class together and have enjoyed their friendship over the years.

Reuben and Taryn served on a Nehemiah Team 
in Botswana the summer of 2017. We went to Southeastern
Seminary so we could hug their necks. 

Martin family

Amanda's family-the Martin's- came to visit us in NC. The beach was pretty cold but we still had to go bundled up. Love seeing all of our nieces and nephews and it's so hard to believe how quickly they grow/change in 2 years.


We were able to spend "Thanks-mas" (Thanksgiving and Christmas) with Brent's family in early December when everyone was available to get together. We had such a fun time with family and reconnecting with folks we hadn't seen in 2 years. So thankful for family!
Aunt Tirzah and Ian

Uncle Brandon and Ainsley putting chapstick on Ellie

Cousins-Taylor and Noa

Light show

Ellie reading with Aunt Sara

Cookie decorating and eating time

Beautiful cookies

Taylor playing for Nana with a little help from Ellie

Brent's extended family from Virginia joined us

Girls doing face masks

Visit to Santa

If you are in the States around Christmas, make sure to visit Bass Pro Shop. You can get a free picture from Santa and they have loads of fun crafts and things set up for the kids to play with. Ellie walked up to Santa and said "Ho Ho Ho" and just loved hanging out with him.