We arrived back in Niger on January 9th and are now living in a new location. Last term we lived in a village, Boubon, but this term we are living in Niamey. We live in an area called ‘Haro Banda’, which is translated as ‘behind the water’, because it’s across the Niger River from the rest of the city.
It is quite a hike from our the Southern Baptist mission office/guesthouse and most of our colleagues, but it is only a 10 minute drive from where the girls are attending school. And since school starts at 7:30 am…we are grateful for that!
When we were on stateside, many people asked us questions about every day life…How do you cook?, Where do you get your water? Do you have bathrooms?, etc. So I wanted to share with you some pictures of the house where we are living now. You may be surprised at how “American” it looks. And for the most part it is. We have a ‘normal’ bathroom (with running water!), we have a washing machine, and I cook with a stove. What you won’t see and hear from the pictures is the heat, the power outages, the water shortages, the constant dust, the bugs, the planes flying directly over our house multiple times a day, and the call to prayer blaring through our windows 5 times a day. Did I mention we can see the mosque’s loudspeaker from our girls window? It’s very loud! So, if you were in our shoes living here day to day you would definitely notice the differences, but I don’t want you all to think we live in a hut, bathe in the river, wash our clothes by hand, and cook over an open fire. We're just not that awesome!
|Our castle-like house and our beach-like yard…and our worker's motorcycle.|
|This is our living room. That nice brown streak on the wall is the aftermath of a termite invasion before we moved in. The walls will remain quite bare until our crate arrives later this year.|
|This is the back part of the living room which we've made into Jody's office area.|
|This is the dining room area, which is also connected with the living room. The front door is on the right. You may notice the refrigerator and the chest freezer…well, that's because our kitchen is...|
|...too small! There's enough room to move around and prep and store our food, but there's no place to put our fridge, so it had to go in the dining room. Also you'll see in the back a storage room and our washing machine.|
|This is one side of our kitchen…notice the stove. It is gas and it's smaller than most in America, but it beats cooking over an open fire!|
|This is the other side of our kitchen…yep, sink with running water.|
|And right outside the kitchen door is our dryer!|
|This is Jody and Sarah's bedroom|
|Also our room, and that door leads into our...|
|Bathroom…toilet, shower, and all!|
|Camryn is enjoying having her own room. This will only be short lived because once the baby comes we will have to do some re-arranging. But for now, she loves it!|
|Also Camryn's room|
|This is Lauren and Jordan's room. They are doing pretty well together…besides the occasional late night chatting that gets one of them banished to mom and dad's room until they fall asleep!|
|Also Lauren and Jordan's room.|
|This is the girl's bathroom.|
So, that's our house! We want to give a big thank you to all our Southern Baptist churches and those individuals who give to the cooperative program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering! Because of you, we are able to live in this beautiful house and bring the gospel to the Songhai People. Thank you SO MUCH!!