Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
We've been taking balafon lessons (African wooden piano) three days a week. It's really fun! It's also a lot more complicated than I had imagined. The keys are made out of wood and they are tuned by length. There are different sized gourds underneath which determine the volume of sound each key will put out. The sticks you play with are made out of wood with rubber/tar ends. Elijah LOVES it! We can hardly practice with him around. Listen....
Saturday, November 1, 2008
We've been teaching Elijah the word for "doggy" in Portuguese....well, at least the word that kids use. "Wow-Wow"...they use this word because it's easier to say than the real word, "Cachorro"...and it's also the sound the dog makes...at least in Brasil. HA!
Anyway...Micah has a stuffed dog animal...actually it's for neck support on flights..but Micah sleeps with it. Elijah loves it! I was able to film Elijah as he remembers that the dog is on Micah's bed and goes on mission to find it and kiss it all over! He's too cute!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Here is almost one-year old Elijah with our host family's kid, Hadja. Her real name is Rama, but they call her Hadja sometimes. Hadja is the name given to Muslim ladies who have been to Mecca. And Elij is the name given to men who have been to Mecca. So...these 2 kiddos are worldwide travelers! HA!
I look so old here! Aghhh! Gonna be 30 in January! Scary! Elijah is adorable though, isn't he? He's giving his "Hey Baby!" look. This was taken right after we attended the Ramadan group prayer on the hilltop. It was a little hike! It just reminded us of how lost these people really are. Pray for the Guineans!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
These are the kids that live right around the mission house in Koundara. They love cameras!They are a mixture of Peuhl and Konyagui. They spoke very little if any French. I tried to organize a game of "Red Rover" but underestimated their competitive drive. On one run, a larger boy took out a smaller one, slammed him chest down onto the ground. I thought I was at an American football practice or something. Yeah, that kinda put a damper on things. I told the bigger kids to aim for the bigger kids. I then handed out some animal crackers (thanks Mom) and called it a day. Maybe my next attempt at playing a game will be less violent:)
We happen to go to Koundara right at the beginning of rainy season. Everything was green and growing. The Konyagui grow many different kinds of staple foods like: corn, rice, millet, fonio, okra, peppers and sorghum. Here in the video the 2 young girls are husking the millet. Young girls in Guinea have a hard life (compared to our standards).
Now here we are in one of the many small villages in the Youkounkoun area, about 1 hour away from Koundara. This is one of the many trades the Konyagui have. Here the guy on the left is beating the metal, trying to make plow parts (we think). The kid on the right is taking his turn at working the "pumps" to blow air into the coals which heat the metal. The "pumps" are made from goat skin. This trade is very valuable since they use oxen and metal hand plows to disc up their land in preparation for planting season. It would be interesting to know how they teach this trade, from chosing the "apprentice" to the actual teaching. I have a hunch that the little "blower boy" is probably climbing his way from "padawan" to "blacksmith jedi" little by little. (written by Daniel, of course)
On the way up to Koundara we used a hand cranked ferry to cross a small river. They can take three cars at a time. I (Daniel) thought that it was amazing how some of the smaller cars could get up and down this path. I don't know if I would try it driving any other car. Micah LOVED this experience. He even helped the guys crank a little. We told them they should give a discount since our son helped:)
WARNING to those who get sick at shaky footage: trust me, this was as smooth as it got during the trip!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Here we are eating Brasilian chicken and rice with our neighbors. Everyone gathers around a big bowl on the ground and eats with their hands. Watch how they grab the rice up and smoosh it in their hands to make a ball to pop in their mouths. Once the rice is gone, they split up the meat. The meat is really tough. Most missionaries buy small frozen hens imported from Brasil of all places. It's more expensive, but you can chew it easily! Notice you only eat with your right hand. The left hand acts as toilet paper! HA! Micah wasn't too excited about eating with his hands, so we gave him a spoon. I'm filming so that's why you don't see me until the end. I attached 2 pix at the end of me.