Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017
Posted on Facebook November 21st
After 10 days of fairly nonstop with construction projects, meetings, visits with partners, loving on long-time relationships and encouraging conversations, we are all set to celebrate the American Thanksgiving with British friends surrounded by “pure dead brilliant” beauty (Scottish for ‘utterly amazing’) in Sierra Leone! Such a blessing to be with Ronnie and Mary for our third-in-a-row holiday season away from Tom’s mom, our kiddos and the GRANDS!!
Posted on Facebook November 23rd
HAPPY AMERICAN THANKSGIVING!
So blessed to be relaxing at Tokeh! It has become an occasional place of refuge for Tommy and me. Amazing staff! We’ve known Edward since 2012 when he was working at the newly opened Crown Xpress. When Tokeh Sands reopened in 2013, we came out for a day and fell in love with the breathtaking view! Matt (from UK) became the manager last year, and it’s been great to get to know him. I would say he’s a Man United fan, but he might strangle me!! Haha!
Posted on Facebook November 10th
SEVEN YEARS AGO today Tommy and I touched down in Sierra Leone to live and serve full time! HOW FITTING for RONNIE and MARY to arrive on this day given the impact they have made in our lives with their encouragement and words of wisdom as we followed God’s call to SL! The very first FBCMcK team in May 2008 served alongside Ronnie and others representing Mission Direct, and Mary joined our teams in ‘09 & ‘10! His adventures here began in 2004 and have included 14-15 trips! Mary’s first trip was in 2007, and this one makes #5! So many memories, and so many more to make over the next 2 weeks!! Abraham’s relationship with R & M began in ‘07 when he was enlisted to transport short-term UK teams! Truly humbled and grateful for these and so many other co-laborers for Christ who have poured into us personally and into the lives of countless Sierra Leoneans!! IT’S ALL FOR THE KINGDOM!!!
Posted on Facebook October 27th
Tom and 10 men worked nearly 11 hours today on a cement pour! One very special guy VOLUNTEERED! Daniel, from among the leaders of the street boy ministry in Waterloo, outdid himself from start to finish!! The idea started as a challenge between Daniel and his colleagues as to which of them could work a hard day with Tom! Daniel came early for breakfast, took transport to the job site, and didn’t miss a step keeping up with the crew!! Cement is mixed outdoors, shoveled into pans, carried on the head into and through the building, down stairs, up a ladder made of sticks, and passed off to men waiting in the rafters above!! By the end of the day, the crew were telling Daniel how much they loved working side-by-side with him!! He certainly made a huge impression!!
Posted on Facebook August 26th
There was a break in the rain this morning, so Charles and the guys decided to tackle mounting the new signboards, one on the main road and the other on the side road leading to the ministry center!!! So much enthusiasm!!! All the boys helped in one way or another, even if only to pose for the camera!! 😜 We 'almost' got 'er dun-dun before the rain started up, but ... I got SOAKED!! Lots of laughs!!
The guys still had Saturday worship even with delays! Energetic singing, Sullay's lesson from John 14, prayer time and a moment of silence honoring Abdul (lost in the mudslide). Charles gave instructions to numerous boys who are new in The 25 Project sponsorship program. They'll be enrolling in school this week!! So much to look forward to!!
Posted on Facebook August 25th
My heart has literally hurt since last week when Charles got word from Abdul's uncle that Abdul had been staying in Regent while school is out ... the area of the mudslide. There was a glimmer of hope late in the week when his name was on a list of patients being treated at the Italian Emergency hospital. Charles drove to the north of the peninsula, but it was another boy with the same name. Charles made one last trip on Saturday to check rosters, but we finally had to realize that Abdul is no longer with us. As I stood at the site of the disaster early this week, I thanked God for the privilege of knowing Abdul even if only for a brief 5 years. His sweet smile remains in my thoughts.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Greetings friends and family!
It’s August!! How is it possible that the months are flying by so quickly?!? When we last wrote, I (Becky) had arrived in Texas to get a barrel shipment together while Tom kept things humming along in Sierra Leone. We must say that everything about the shipment went wonderfully!! Thanks to so many who helped stateside, and to the Dallas shipper, as well as his companion company here in Freetown! We will definitely do this again as needed!
In addition to our barrels, 2 others were filled with medical supplies provided by our friends with MISSION REGAN in McKinney! We were privileged to deliver them to the Waterloo Adventist Hospital. The staff of WAH have treated numerous street boys over the past 6 years! What a blessing!
Our GoSendMe Global team members were amazing as they served no less than SIX groups of folks in several areas of ministry! The very special kiddos of Hosetta had lots of one-on-one attention and teaching, Sankoh’s construction crew loved getting to know and working alongside the team, 2 groups were involved in intensive Bible study, we praised and worshipped with nationals at our church and with former street boys at the Waterloo Ministry Center, hugged on Auntie Margaret’s kiddos, and laughed, and cried tears of joy, and so much more!! Precious memories were made for us all!!
The construction projects are going very well!! Much visible progress!! At Auntie Margaret’s, the water tower is up! Electrical lines are underground encased in cement, and plumbing lines are laid. All will be tied into the solar pumping equipment and toilet/shower building for the home to have running water from the new well. Our thanks to the Jefferson City West Rotary Club for pursuing the global grant on behalf of Margaret and the kids!
Bo is preparing for his sophomore year! He’s enjoyed his job at Dairy Queen and looks forward to fall soccer and basketball in the winter months!
Sierra Leoneans continue in wonder as rumors abound over the upcoming presidential election set for March 7, 2018. Will it happen? Will it be postponed yet again? It’s anyone’s guess. We do pray for a peaceful process that will put the needs of the people in the forefront. Whether the date holds or not, we expect to travel to Texas in late February. By then it will be 18 months since Tom has seen his mom, our kiddos and the GRANDS.
We can never thank you enough for your prayers! WE FEEL THEM! And for those who provide financial support, may God bless you in a special way just for us! We remain truly humbled!
Our love to you all!
Tom and Beck
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