Here’s a glimpse into our real life right now because even though we’ve got this crazy “moving to Mongolia” aspect to our life we also have the very normal “raising a family in North America” thing going on too. LeYanna decided to enter her school’s science fair. She was asking the question, “Will a bath… Read More Our Little Scientist
We’ve decided to intermittently write a series in response to our most frequently asked questions. You can read other posts in this series by clicking the link(s) below: #1 How long is your trip? #2 WHAT LANGUAGE DO THEY SPEAK? Most Mongolians speak Mongolian. If you want to hear what Mongolian sounds like (spoken by… Read More FAQs: What Language Do They Speak?
Last week, during his sermon, our pastor mentioned that our cold days we’ve been having here in West Michigan will be warm days for us in Mongolia. This is pretty accurate. I literally shivered when I saw the high in Mongolia this coming Sunday and Monday (Lord, have mercy!). He also mentioned we’ve been standing… Read More The Little Things
Every now and then I use Google Translate to try to read the Facebook posts of our Mongolian friends. Sometimes it works better than others. I thought it’d be fun to share with you a time when it did not work well. Please enjoy this post that was recently shared about marriage, and parenting, and… Read More Rough Translation
The other day I realized we might be in Mongolia in less than 200 days. That’s not many days. Here are a few things that we anticipate happening first as we countdown: 114 days until Jen’s last day on staff at All Shores (April 30) 152 days until our 15th wedding anniversary (June 7) 153 … Read More Counting Down
I had the week off between Christmas and New Years which gave me some extra time to try new things…like cooking Mongolian food. I asked Cory to document the process. So he did. This was the first picture: He had asked, “Are you comfortable with how everything looks?” I replied, “It’s food. I cleaned the… Read More Cooking, Mongolian Style
As we’ve been shopping for Christmas gifts we’ve been asking questions like, “Is this worth taking up limited space in a suitcase in July?” or “Is the joy this will bring in the next seven months worth getting it now?” The “Is it worth…” questions are causing us to live in a surreal space and… Read More Brother’s basement, suitcase, or sell pile?
Do you see how beautiful this lake is? Or check out this video: 93% of the total surface fresh water in Mongolia is in Khuvsgul Lake. It’s in the mid-northern part of Mongolia, about 12 hours from the capital city where we’ll live. Khusvsgul Lake has 2% of the surface area of Lake Michigan and just… Read More Let’s Build a Church
We’ve decided to intermittently write a series in response to our most frequently asked questions. This is the first installment. “How long is your trip?” The simple answer is 8-10 years, we think. Our first term is 4 years but we think we’ll need at least 8-10 years, or 2-3 terms, to accomplish our main… Read More FAQs: How Long is Your Trip?
Fundraising is the worst. There are some pretty great things about it (see my previous post here, about our tribe increasing). It’s super fun getting to know people by traveling and sharing our story. But, also, it’s the worst. I’ll tell you why in a minute. But, first: We’ve got this cool app that is… Read More The worst.
Anha moved 10 hours away from her home to the capital city of Ulaanbataar to go to University. When her parents found out she had secretly transferred to Bible College they were outraged. She was not deterred, graduating with a four year degree and has successfully pastored the Wesleyan Church in her hometown leading many… Read More Meet Anha
A few weeks ago we sat in an adult Sunday School class in Georgia. The topic was contentment. The challenge was from Philippians 4:11-13 …for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret… Read More I have learned to be content (Sort of. Okay, not really. But I am learning)