Monday, August 24, 2015

Goodbyes never get easier!

Well, I am here to tell you that goodbyes just do not get any easier no matter how many times we have to do it. We have a lot of people come in and out of our lives so I would say we should be pro's at it at this point, but saying goodbye to family and close friends is so HARD! We have enjoyed our precious time with our families while we have been here, but our time is coming to a close as we get ready to head back to Botswana. Also, we were so blessed to be able to speak and connect with several churches while we have been here and have been refreshed by them. Please pray for us as we prepare to head back to Botswana.
 I wanted to post a few of my favorite pictures from the summer, hope you enjoy!
The Turner Family

The Turner kiddos spending time together at the beach

Family dance off-Grammy and Grandad hijacked the kids to do
"Walking on Sunshine"

The Martin family

The Martin kiddos spending time at the beach together

Visiting with Grandma Martin in WV

A little fishing

Couldn't miss the WV State Fair

Horse riding with Noa
 I love how even though the cousins may not see each other but once every 2 or 3 years, they reconnect and are the best of friends! Love all these kiddos!

Come work with us-Hands On

Want to come work with us? Check out the below request for a Hands On student for Spring 2016.
Go to request # 111456

Urban Researcher and Church Planter

Project #:111456
Dates:January 12, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Length:136 Days
Team Members:2 students needed (2 Males / 0 Females)
Minimum Education:College Freshman
(Includes cost of airfare, housing, food, insurance, visa, local transportation. Does not include cost of passport and innoculations)

Job Description:
Come enjoy the beautiful country of Botswana and work to show God and His glory to the people here. While you are here, you will aim for three main objectives. You will map the city and surrounding areas in order to find people, locate churches and better learn the city. In order to accomplish this task, you will work with local pastors, lay leaders and youth. You will also assist in nearby villages and help with basic church planting on a weekly basis. Finally, you will pour into and disciple local young adult believers as you spend lots of quality time with the Batswana. Come and invest in the lives of the people here and be a light that points to Christ and His glory as you serve the Lord and join Him in the work that He is already doing here.

Cultural Information:
Long shorts are acceptable for males in casual ministry settings; pants and a jacket would be needed at certain events. For females, capris are acceptable to be worn when out in the city on personal time. When in village settings, skirts should be worn. No spaghetti strap tank tops unless a shirt is worn underneath.

Geographic Information:
Urban city - desert climate. There are ample opportunities to enjoy African wildlife, including game parks in and near Gaborone. Hunting is an option for those who are interested.

Available Housing:
The team would live in a small, Western-style apartment, probably simple but comfortable with modern conveniences.

Health Considerations:
Botswana will be very hot during this time and a lot of walking will be required. Team members should be in good health. Recommended immunizations should be found in the website. There are adequate pharmacies available but students are recommended to bring their own prescription meds as they can be quite expensive here.

Botswana is a desert country - hot and dry. If team members are unable to handle extreme heat and constant exercise, they should reconsider coming. In addition, if there are already existing medical concerns, this should strongly be considered.

Equipment to Bring:
Comfortable walking shoes
Here are the requirements to be a Hand ON student found at
                      Be a growing follower of Jesus Christ.
    • Be spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy.
    • Be committed to verbally sharing his/her faith in a cross-cultural context.
    • Be an active member of a Southern Baptist affiliated church.
    • Be between the ages of 18-29 (preference given to college and seminary students and recent graduates)
    • Have completed at least one year of college or equivalent life experience after high school graduation.
    • Be willing and able to complete the entire Hands On assignment including orientation and debriefing.
    • Be willing and able to raise the necessary financial support - currently $3950.
    • Not have previously served with IMB's Hands On or Fusion initiatives.