Sunday, June 7, 2015

the months ahead

Support raised as of June 8, 2015:

Thank you for helping us get this far!!!

The months ahead:

Lots of people have been asking what the next few months will look here's a quick look at what is in store for us:

July 24th- Last day of French Class

July 26th- Our first wedding anniversary! (Just had to throw that in here) :)

Late July- First weeks of August: Helping out at a kid's summer camp here in France- an awesome opportunity to be truly immersed in speaking French all day every day for a few weeks.

August 6th- Nick flies back for a quick (work related) visit in Brisbane, and Suzanne stays at the camp in France.

August 18th- Nick and Suzanne arrive in Madagascar!  We'll stay a few days in the capitol for some meetings with the ministry of health, and then head to the ship (8 hours by bus from the capitol, Antananarivo, to the port city where the ship will be, Tamatave) On the ship we will hit the ground running and get the Ponseti Clubfoot program started! 

It's going to be a busy couple of months!

About Madagascar:

We've also had quite a few questions about Madagascar itself.  Honestly, I (Suzanne) don't know all that much about it as a country (except that they have some really unique plants and animals there) but I can't wait to get to know this place!  

I do know that it is a whole lot bigger and more populated than I thought...

22.8 Million People = Close to the same population as Australia!

And just to get an idea of how big this island really is, here's what it look like next to the UK and USA: 

In the meantime, we are still loving our time here in Albertville, tucked in the French Alps.  

Now that it's warm outside, we can enjoy the big porch outside our are a few views of our campus and our surroundings.  I took these just after a storm this week, the sky had such a cool pink color:

Here's the old house on campus- the vines covering the walls back to life and I think it looks like something out of a fairy tale. 

We're also enjoying our time with friends here in this community- it's a real bonding experience, learning a language and living alongside other missionaries. 

The Kendall family arrived in January along with us, and we've been so blessed to live and study alongside them the last months!  They'll be heading to Togo with their 5 kids, we're hoping that we all get to meet up again in West Africa someday! :)

That's all the updates we have...
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