Well we are back from vacation and into the day to day life here in Cotonou again. Vacation was in Burkina Faso for a couple of reasons. One is that it’s far from Cotonou and work related responsibilities. Second, Burkina Faso is one of the places that might be a future ministry site for us. So we figured it was best to at least make a visit to get a first impression feel.
One activity was a visit to the Ouagadougou International School with Jeremiah and Deborah. They liked what they saw, and Jeremiah was especially impressed that there seems to be a baseball team there. Here in Cotonou he does tennis, soccer, swimming, cricket and table tennis at school but would really like to try his hand at baseball. If at some point we ended up in Ouagadougou and they were to go to that school, they would be pleased.
We also were able to worship with congregations in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso as well as touch base with a number of folks who are in ministry there, both expatriate missionaries and local leaders. It seems like there would be places for us to participate in the area of theological education, which is the area that interests us most. So that was good to see.
Since it was vacation we spent some time at the pool and ate pizza almost every day, those being among Jeremiah and Deborah’s favorite vacation activities. Mom and Dad also had time to read some detective novels and generally just relax a bit.
The entire drive to Ouagadougou from Cotonou takes about 14 hours, so we overnighted just south of the Burkina border at Tanguita. There we were just outside of the Penjari game park. It being the rainy season and not having a 4WD vehicle we didn’t go into the park to see the sites. We did, however, see monkeys and chimpanzees a number times crossing the road in front of us. So I guess that counts for something.
Continue to remember us in your prayers as we get back into the routine of Cotonou. Nancy will be back to work at IBB next week, and I am preparing to speak at the Mennonite Church Nigeria youth convention on the weekend of Sept. 12 – 14. Jeremiah and Deborah start back to school on Sept. 8.