Monday, August 06, 2007

The Early Years

The Jungle Hut - a work in progress!
( This is year 2, I know because we have a water barrel!)

Things were not always easy at first! It took time and a lot of hard work to get the home livable for the family. When I look back, I wonder, "What was I thinking?" I am so glad we did not hesitate but went to the jungle and spent the best years of our lives there!

I am glad my children were raised in such a humble way, as it has made them into strong, confident, easily satisfied adults. I thank God for the priviledge to have lived with the Ye'kwana people and for His love for them. For never failing to watch over us for all those years. May I never take it for granted.

Jewel and friends in front of our house.
(Sitting on the jungle poles used to work on the house.)

Clint and Josh walking over to the Sanema village on the log bridge.

Visiting with my friends.

Ye'kwana Man and Baby Jesica.
( Jesica is now an orphan.)

Doing the laundry in the Padamo River at Toki.
( The Indian with me, Frida, died in a plane crash.
We raised her two children in our home for 7 years.)

Trying to do school work with an audience.
( The fish bowl lifestyle of a tribal missionary family.)

Taking a blood sample to check for malaria...again.

Entertaining friends.

Baby Jayde in our unfinished house.
(This was my kitchen for more than a year.)


Susan said...

Rita, I love seeing all the pictures of the work you did, especially of the people. My favorite pic of these was the one of you visiting with your friends in front of your house. That's what it's all about, no matter what country you serve in - befriending the people and showing them Christ through you. Love it!

Jackie said...

I love it that there are "action-packers" beside Jayde in the last picutre!


Happymama said...

I loved your pictures. Like Susan, my favorite was the one of you visiting the friends in front of the house. We cannot win the lost if we do not show ourselves friendly. It's so obvious your family was well loved.


Anonymous said...

We did the barrel thing too with our drinking water and we only cleaned our barrels out with bleach probably 3-4 times a year! I can't imagine living like that now. I definitely would have to have a better water system now that I know what I know about bacteria etc. Although, I was more healthy then than I was in my 20's and maybe barrel water isn't too bad for you after all... hehehe!

jennifer said...

Rita I am so thankful that you and your family did this! Keep on writing!

Heather said...

Wow, I love your blog...I will be back often. God is so good. I too love your befriending and showing Christ in your love for them.

ElĂ­zabeth said...

Really Rita, how did you survive the jungle??!!!
You guys are very brave, all of you!


Webutante said...

What an interesting and wonderful life you've had!

Mountain Mama said...

I am still so amazed when I read of your experiences in the jungle. It takes a certain kind of person to do this and a very deep love for the Lord.
The water barrel situation would bother me. I remember my dad cleaning out his mom's open well. I never drank her water again.
I must say the children are just beautiful as well as your 'Angel.'
I pray the Lord will help you with the transition.

Pam said...

I loved seeing these photos again. Baby Jessica will always pull at my heart strings as I'm sure she does at yours even more!

As to Jackie's comment, I had never heard of ACTION PACKERS until the Vernoys used them for luggage!

WomanHonorThyself said...

dang u should write a book Rita, fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!

John J. Kaiser said...

What happened to Jessica's parents?

Jungle Mom said...

John, I suppose in the traditional sense she is not an orphan since her father lives. Her mother died in childbirth a few years after that picture was taken. The infant also died a week later. The father does the best he can,but in a tribal culture, so much is passed down by gender, mother to mother, father to father, she will always lack the teaching her mother would have given her.

Sandy said...

I often come and visit your blog but have never commented. But I must say, what a very very interesting life you life. I believe it does take a special person to do what you are doing and I commend you for that. Your children are experiencing things that some only "dream" about. What a very unique life you live!! I love reading your stories of life there and how far you have come and the different cultures. Very interesting!!! I will definately continue to visit!

Pam said...

Seeing what you endure really makes me appreciate what I have. Thank you for showing Christ's love to these people.

FeathersMcGraw said...

Nice pictures Rita!

Judith said...

Some of your pictures remind me of how we lived in Southeast Texas, but what stands out most of all to me in your pics, is people loving people, and that the important thing isn't food, clothing or shelter. God will supply those, but the SOUL.

Memories for a Lifetime said...


The first pic of Jewell looks like Jayde!!