Friday, November 21, 2008


Hi Everyone! I have about 10 pages of stuff I would love to write but i only have about 5 minutes. We arrived in Pignon although we almost had to turn back because of the cloud cover over the village. Fortunately we found an opening and the 3 MAF planes made it through safely. Our surrounding our extremely poor. We are sleeping on a mattress balancing on a couple of bricks on a dirt/cement floor. Very little electricity, cooking over a fire etc. Jason apparently does have malaria so he had a rough first day in Pignon. We visited the hospital, but it kind of freaked us out (we only saw the public ward and there were just people all over the place). Apparently the private wards are better but we didn't get a chance to see it. Since Jason had all the classic symptoms of malaria, and you can only be tested when you have the fever, which is in the middle of the night, Caleb, our helper decided just to pick up the medication. Jason has taken some already and feels a lot lot better! I do too, because I felt really bad for him coming to a new place with a lot of adjustments, and having to lay in bed, in the dark, under a mosquito net, not sure of what kind of bed bugs might be crawling out of the mattress in any second! ;) Anyway the people here are so friendly, and the stories they tell of life in Pignon are amazing. Now that Jason is doing much better we are much happier too. :) One funny thing was that Jayden woke up in the middle of the night and thought he was a chicken. Suddenly we heard "tok tok tok tok tok". When I told him to be quite since it was 3:00 in the morning and there was a work team sleeping the building with us as well he just giggled and kept on going. I really kicked myself for teaching him the chicken noise. There are lots of chickens here and I guess my love for chickens rubbed off on him! I will write some more soon, probably Monday. Please pray for us as we adjust here.


  1. So glad it's going better! Hope you all get and stay well now. Are you sure Jayden was awake when he was making noise? Maybe he was sleep talking. Joel does that. The other night he said "Hi Hannah. Hi Hannah. Hi Hannah." and when Brian checked he was sound asleep. (so was Hannah, by the way!) Take care!
    Praying for you,
    B & A

  2. Hope you do start feeling well soon Jay. It can only help in the adjustment to new surroundings. Love Mom and Dad

  3. 1) Hi Anne-Marie. Nice to hear from you. Sorry it took so long to answer your comments, but internet access is very limited here in the village. We have all been sick now, but are thankfully feeling much better now. We appreciate your prayers.

    2)Thanks Mom & Dad :)