From Melissa in this time of family transition

Dear Friends and Family, As Jon has written the last couple of updates, I thought I (Melissa) would let you hear from me this time. Before I get going, I also wanted to say thank you to all who wrote such encouraging responses to our “heart-wrenching day”. We appreciate all of your prayers for our…

May 2012 Prayer Requests

Dear Prayer Partners, We had a wonderful time with my parents last month who came for a week visit.  We were able to spend 2 days at Lake Manyara and see some wildlife, including the tree climbing lions!  It was a blast!  The grand-kids loved hanging out with Mimi and Poppop. This month of May…

January 2012 Update

Dear Family and Friends, This is a long overdue update! Sorry about that! I’d like it to be fairly ‘newsy’, so I’ll divide it up in to sections so you can skip to a particular section if you get bored reading the others! My (Jon) laptop decided to freeze up in mid-December, so we had…

Sister’s Wedding

We were so blessed to be able to come back to the States for two weeks (Oct. 18th to Nov. 3rd) in order to be a part of my sister Elisabeth’s wedding this past Saturday in Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful weekend celebrating with Liz and Dain, and seeing family and friends. Rachel and her…

August update and prayer requests

Hard to believe we’re already past the middle of August and the new school year is looming ahead! This month we had a very nice visit with Melissa’s mom. It was the first time she’s been back to Magambua since Melissa’s father passed away. She enjoyed the slow rural quietness around here, as well as…

March newsletter

Dear Loved Ones, It is not easy to put into words how we feel. We just want you to know how very special you are to us. Some of you we have known for years and some, perhaps we have only met once and some only very recently. Thank you to so many of you…

Merry Christmas!

I’ve always had fond memories as a child going out with my family to pick out a Christmas tree and bring it home to set it up. So since Hershey is pretty close to a lot of tree farms, and our home in Tanzania is surrounded by acacia woodland and not evergreens, I thought we…

Thanksgiving Update

Dear Family and Friends, With the pace of American life, only a few weeks go by and I start to feel like we’ve had so many wonderful experiences that we could capture and share with all of you! I guess that’s one of the attractions of networks like Facebook, where you can update all your…

Fall Fun

When you’ve lived in Africa for the past four years, and only one of your three kids remembers the US, it’s fun to think of the things you’d like them to be able to experience during a year long furlough.  One of those things is simply to enjoy jumping in the Autumn leaves! –