31 December 2012

2012 Wrap-up

On January 17th we will be celebrating 7 years in Uganda! Thanks for keeping us here through your prayers, encouragement and support!

Here’s a look at the highlights of the year…

Kadin (7) is a budding vet, following in the footsteps with mom. He is so comfortable handling animals, enjoying daily conversations with them and helping mom to diagnose their disease and injuries. Our house is a small animal paradise where Christine and Kadin enjoy 8 ducks, 20 chicken, 4 rabbits, 2 dogs and our new puppy, Sadie! When he isn’t with the animals Kadin enjoys creating and inventing – there is a bin full bottles, cardboard and other trash behind the house that he is constantly “recycling” into his own personal creations.

Noah  (9) is growing fast and enjoys a world full of Legos, sports and friends. This year he got to be a ring bearer in a wedding and impressed all of us with his dance moves. He is the top French student in his class which is concerning for his parents who don’t have a clue now what the boys are saying to each other in French from the back seat of the car. We are especially grateful for his safety and health this year – 3 weeks ago he had his first peanut allergy reaction in Uganda. Christine was able to keep him breathing using the Epi-pen and then raced him off to the hospital. By the time they arrived the doctors could only pat Christine on the back and say “well done!”  The scary part for all of us is that there wasn’t a peanut in sight – we could only assume that the yogurt he was eating was contaminated and God was faithful having Christine there at just the right time!

Christine is now a graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a Masters of Science in International Animal Health. Christine’s graduation in November was a highlight for all of us as we traveled as a family to Scotland to attend her graduation. She spent the first part of the year putting together her dissertation on leptospirosis in the African buffalo and cattle population in Queen Elizabeth National Park. We are excited to see what is next for Christine. She is currently exploring different opportunities in Uganda in the area of animal disease. Stay tuned…

Jeff is now the President of a University, Africa Renewal Christian College became Africa Renewal University on December 17. In the process he lost plenty of hair from the top of his head! There was plenty of adversity along the way as he navigated the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). But by September he was asked to be one of the keynote speakers at their annual Symposium, which gave him an opportunity to share his faith before other university heads and NCHE members as he shared the need for Values-Based Education in Uganda. Jeff and the boys also had their first overnight camp out this year and they are all trying to learn how to fish… the boys seem to be having more success in learning!

After 7 years we can truly say we couldn’t have navigated the triumphs and trials of living in the developing world without your encouragement, prayers and support.

Thanks for loving us and keeping us here in Uganda! When you get a chance let us know how you are doing and how we can pray for you. We’d love to hear from you!

Jeff, Christine, Noah and Kadin

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