As you know last week we had a big goodbye fete (party) for Eadelmans in Kadiolo. It was designed by the local church for them to say goodbye in their way to Ernie & Jan.
Both missionaries and church members came up from Cote D'Ivoire from Korhogo to take part of this fete. The lady singer and musicians came along with them. What a special celebration this was!
Jane & Linda came from Korhogo.
The group of friends who came from Cote D'Ivoire to say a special goodbye to Ernie & Jan.
The africans gave many gifts, including 3 complete outfits for both Jan & Ernie.
But this gift was extra special I think. Ernies' ministry was highly technical.
Helping the ministries through computer training & troubleshooting.
They had designed this beautiful wall hanging explaining how they saw this ministry.
@ church in doing the work of God's hands! What a blessing.
What a great summary of ministry! I want to finish that well when the time comes.
Of course if I'm not careful my wall hanging will have dominoes on it... LOL
We all came up to Bamako, where we hosted an open house at the GMU/WV guest house. This was designed for missionary friends and colleagues from other missions to be able to come and say goodbye to the Eadelmans. Both fetes went so well. I really think the send-off was a good one.
This picture is from the Bamako open house. It was fun, so many people came out to greet. Pete & Debra McKlurkin worked so hard on the food. (We helped some too)
One of the african ladies who came asked which hotel catered the event. We said "none, we did all this" she was amazed.
Ernie & Jan, suitcases in tow, hand on the door, ready to get in their taxi and go to the airport. Godspeed! God bless!
Well this has been what is on our hearts and minds this week. We were going to be heading back to Kadiolo today. But I (Tom) have had a tendonitis attack, and have bee laid up the last 3 days. Ibprofen is really working well on it, so maybe 2 more days, and I'll be ready to get on a bus.
Thanks for praying for us...
OH.. please pray especially for Hilary right now... She is in the throes of choosing between college plan "A" which is very affordable, but at a secular school, and a plan "B" which would be about 5 times more costly, but at a Christian university that has a special love for MK's. We are moving ahead on both, and watching to see God open/close doors. Pray for her in the stress of choices... new for her. But for the rest of us we know that is what adult life is about, don't we?
Thanks for stopping by,
thanks for praying,
Tom & Lisa