rejoice

he who would glorify his god must set his account upon meeting with many trials. no man can be illustrious before the lord unless his conflicts be many. if then, yours be a much-tried path, rejoice in it, because you will the better show forth the all-sufficient grace of god. as for his failing you, never dream of it – hate the thought. the god who has been sufficient until now should be trusted to the end.

– charles spurgeon

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How the day?

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Alright folks, it’s time for me to learn how to ride one of these things! Woohoo! Went on my first ride two data ago with TayTay and LOVED it…I’m excited.

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This is where we have devotions up here in foya. All of SP Liberia is going through a study about the four essential components of salvation…there are even tests! Yikes!

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It’s sunny and beautiful today. The Internet says its about 94, but it doesn’t feel too bad in the shade.

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Ohhhh monkey had to be tied up again…

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Lunch! Rice and pumpkin sauce…Liberian food is good, but oily. I can feel my arteries clogging.

xxjayjay

Foya Base Photos

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This is our base in Foya. It’s the largest of all of our sub-bases…we have over 150 staff based here. There’s always a lot going on up here. We don’t have electricity or water up here, but we are getting fast Internet in April which will make life and work much easier!

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These flowers are right beside my desk and I thought they were so pretty.

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My workspace in Foya, yes, I must admit its pretty lovely…

two weeks in photos

Me and Annie at the TOT in Foya last week. I’m so excited to be working with her! I’m heading back up to Foya on Monday for ten days to visit our CLP communities and work with our facilitators.

I must admit, I was SO happy when the TOT ended…it was a long week. The NAEAL facilitators even recognized me as the first ever expat to sit through an entire training week. They said that everyone else had to take frequent breaks and walks…I can totally understand why! It was so long and inefficient! But overall the week was really good.

Thank you to Elizabeth for teaching me how to make a homemade chai latte! This has literally transformed my mornings 🙂 Mmmmm so good. For real. Be jealous. Haha.

I love that the ocean is right outside my house in Monrovia. It’s so nice to be able to take a walk and enjoy the waves after work…

Elizabeth, Ben and I took little Anna to play on the beach last night. We had loads of fun running around in the sand…

Later! xoxo,

jayjay

foya

i’m back in liberia! i arrived on wednesday evening without complications or delays, thank you Jesus! it’s been pretty much non-stop since i got here — i had one day in the office and then on friday, joni and i packed up and made the long journey to foya. i’ve been up here meeting annie, our new CLP (church livelihood program) program manager and preparing for our TOT – Training of Trainers meetings next week. i’m super excited about my time here. i get to be a part of a really exciting transition of expat staff running CLP to it being managed by a National, Annie. very cool. so basically my role is to be here as a resource for annie and help train her and teach her and just be here to help make that transition go as smoothly as possible. all 22 of our staff will be at the training this week, which will give me a great opportunity to meet all of them at once and we are starting a new curriculum this year, so we’ll all kind of be on the same page. ooh in case you were wondering, CLP runs adult literacy classes through a local church in a community and then has business classes and a business model for these women…it’s a cool program and i’m sure i’ll write more about it later. i’m feeling super scattered today though.

foya is great. i didn’t make it up here last summer. i didn’t think the internet was going to be fast enough to do much of anything, but i’ve been pleasantly surprised and have been able to get on my email. i think i’ll be spending a good chunk of my time up here. i can’t wait to learn how to drive the motorbikes. i’m a little nervous, but oooh it looks like great fun! every time i go somewhere with eleanor, she asks me if i want to drive…i’m a little nervous about that too. we have those huge toyota landcruisers and i’m just not sure my skills are up to par yet…i mean there’s the whole issue of me barely knowing how to drive stick shift and then there’s just the chaos that is the road in liberia. but in time i’m sure i’ll get the hang of it.

today joni, alisa, eleanor, justin and i went to pak batt for lunch. ooooooooh it was absolutely delicious! mmmmm. pak batt is the UN pakistani base. Capt. Aziz is soooo nice. and seriously, the food is to die for. oh. and he had fresh fruit. yes. beautiful, plump, juicy grapes and apples. it was lovely. i can’t wait to go back. in fact, i’m going back tomorrow for dinner. oh yeah and then they served us chai tea on real china. it was amazing. oh and they have air conditioning. i stuffed myself. we all waddled out to the car when we were done.

later.

jj

for good reason joy is in our hearts!

for good reason joy is in our hearts | sara groves

I was listening to Sara Groves Fireflies and Songs album the other day (yes, it has become an all time favorite) and was so struck by the song Joy is in our Hearts. God has been kind in teaching me so much this year. I’ve learned that the hard things are for my benefit and good. The good things have become even sweeter as I realize that all I need I have in Christ.  The past couple of months have really been a sweet gift. I’ve learned that I really do have good reason to be joyful. No matter what my current circumstances may be I have hope and joy because Christ has redeemed my life and I am His. I am learning, slowly, sometimes too slowly I fear, but still I am learning to love because He loved me first. I am learning to give because everything I have has been given to me and it’s not mine anyway. My heart is full of joy and hope this Christmas season.

People of God

People of God | Gungor

we could have tongues of angels
we could move mountains with our faith
we could give everything away
but if we don’t have love
we’re left with nothing

we could see blind eyes opened
know all the mysteries of our faith
we could sing all the highest praise
but if we don’t have love
we’re left with nothing

people of God rise up
rise up and shine God’s love
we are the light of the world
of the world oh
we are the light of the world
of the world oh

love is the what holds it all together
love never fails, it never dies
there is no deeper truth
we know that God is love, our God is love
tear down the walls that divide us
let love rebuild and unite us
all we need is
all we need is love