|Summer Academy Class: Noah is barely visible in the back.|
Noah completed his Summer Academy course at Calvin College and was very pleased to have a college credit to his name, prior to his older sister. He took the Intro to Film and Media class, which he enjoyed, although did admit that it was challenging. He is pretty sure that he would like to attend Calvin College next year and is looking forward to college life. He has had the last couple of weeks off and was able to join me for a week of vacation at the cottage of some friends (Jeff and Jennifer Keessen) on Big Star Lake, where he very much enjoyed driving the jetski.
|There he goes again, often at full speed. It was a joy to watch him.|
|Online language test for Calvin...|
|The Kranenburg kids and mom (l to r: Liz, Yvonne, Janette, Renita, Henry)|
|Fields in Sunnyside; note dry hills in background.|
- My trip to Sunnyside, WA. The Christian Reformed Church there supports our work in West Africa but is very involved in the farmer to farmer program in Zambia. Sunnyside was an amazing place to visit - maybe because I'm such a city girl. They call it a desert (who knew a desert was in Washington!) and have fully irrigated it themselves from the hills. The place was lush with at least 80 different types of crops growing - you could see many different crops as you drove down the road, full and green, while in the distance dry brown hills surround them. It felt like the Garden of Eden there, which was great, but what so impressed me is that this place was lush and green by the sheer will and ingenuity of the people who decided to make it that way. It gave me hope for Africa and agriculture, in spite of the conditions.
- My time in Grand Rapids is filled with meeting with members and friends of Madison Square Church, specifically with those who are involved in Liberia. One of things that the LEAD Grand Rapids group does is a prayer call every Tuesday morning from 7-7:30 am for Liberia. Mary Springer has been a faithful prayer every week since we started this about two years ago - often it is just Dave Graf, Mary, and I on these calls. Last week, Mary found out that she has ovarian cancer and today (August 6) she will have surgery to remove the cancer. Dave Graf and I had a chance to visit Mary yesterday at the hospital
- The last couple of days, Partners Worldwide has been giving their orientation for the new interns who are about to go out on the field for a year of service. I had the privilege of meeting our intern for Ghana, Emily Daher, who hails from Ohio and is a recent Calvin College graduate, with a BA in International Development and Political Science. She participated in the semester in Ghana during her senior year and therefore is familiar with Ghana, has studied the culture, and knows more of the local language there than me because of taking a class in Twi.
We are still looking for an intern for the research farm in Liberia. If you know anyone who has knowledge and experience in agriculture and would like to spend some time in a tropical country, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it for now. More next week!