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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

As far as the East is from the West....

What a year it has been! Since January, Holly and I have been back to Africa twice, once with our kids for 4 weeks, with a family trip to Hawaii in between. I have also been around the world 3 times for work this year. My travels have taken me to Bangladesh, Germany, Dubai (2x) Sierra Leone (3x), Cape Town, Paris, London(5x), Sao Paolo, Japan, China, Korea and Guinea (2x). 

So, it would be at about this time of year that one would probably want to sit back, put some steaks on the grill and just relax a bit, right? Well, yes, quite honestly that sounds OK. Of course. How great  is GOD though? He knows what we need most. And graciously, Holly and I and the kids have been given the opportunity and are now preparing for our next trip in August back to Zambia to continue our work with Orphans there!

So we are getting ready. Getting packed. Medical supplies have been donated by a friend who works at Children's Hospital in Plano. 100s of kites and bibles and blankets and other items have also been received. The team has been trained through monthly teleconference calls. Our team is comprised of Dutch-Canadians, Texans, Oklahomans, Minnesotans and a South African Woman as well! 

Please consider praying for our team as we travel and work in Zambia from August 2 - 13. Our family will be in Africa from July 28 - August 23. Here are some photo highlights from the year so far:

 Saili with an orphan in Guinea in May 2012
 Will with an Orphan in Guinea Africa May 2012
 Holly & Will in Hawaii March 2012
Saili and Holly with Orphans in Guinea
 Tommy building a power station in Guinea Africa May 2012
Our awesome team in Guinea.
 Lex and Will scuba diving in Kauai in March 2012
 With mom and dad Anderson in Hawaii
 At our favorite Thai restaurant in McKinney in March 2012
 At Afternoon Tea in London in April 2012
With Holly in London.
In Sierra Leone in April 2012
 At a Chimpanzee Safari in Sierra Leone in 2012
Will and Claire on Chimp Safari
 At a power station we built in 2010-2011 and now operate and manage in Sierra Leone.
 Learning about iron ore mining in Sierra Leone Africa.
Iron ore everywhere
Saili at work.
Johann sharing the finer points of power generation and high voltage electricity in Sierra Leone.
With the two dudes who really make it all happen - Lex & Tom.
 Purchasing 60 acres for USP&E's O&M Lodge and Training Center in May 2012 in Sierra Leone Africa near Katic Village.
Saili at work... 
 Lex and Tom working hard in Guinea Africa.
Lex and Tom pouring concrete into the wee hours.
Tom and Lex hard at work in Guinea.
 Boys with ophans in May 2012 in Guinea Africa.
Lex with baby oraphan "Serge" in Guinea
 With dear Mary, Ambrose's sweet daughter in April 2012
 In Sierra Leone Africa with Ambrose and Patrick in May 2012.
In Hawaii in 2012

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