Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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 privilege 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.)


Anonymous said...

Rousseau, "Emile" Paragraph's 644-660.

A better education a young child has never yet received...

Kathy said...

I love these! I especially love the audience during school! :) What kind of school did they have in the village and what language was it? Did you bring the generator when you first went, or did you have to go some time without elec.? Did you live in tents when you first arrived? (If you have these answers on a post from before I started reading, just let me know and I'll look in your archives! One day when I have lots of time, I'm going to read all of them....! :)

Tammy said...

LOL - Love the pic of your children doing school with all those faces peeking in!

I really enjoy the photos you post, especially those ones from years gone by. :o)