June 2018 Newsletter

No one better than Mommy!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer. We are entering the hard cold months of June and July here. It is not just cold season but also intern season. We have two interns, Laura and Lauren, coming to South Africa at the beginning of June. Our “Women of Hope” ministry needs a mobile app for their prayer groups that the interns will be creating. As it happens Ryan knows the technology well, making him the best candidate for managing and mentoring both interns. This will be the first time Ryan has mentored other software developers. The last two months have been sprinkled with preparing for Laura and Lauren among other responsibilities. The project for revamping our uploading software for our online media archive has still been Ryan’s main focus. There should be an initial release ready to early users at the end of June.

It’s Never Too early to start drumming

Elyse has not returned to the office at TWR. We could not find a day care that suited our needs. So, Elyse got organized and writes during naptime. At the moment Elyse is writing a piece of the program, Hope for our Children. She is writing about financial responsibility. So many people in South Africa live in poverty. We want to instill biblical principles and easy action steps to help kids use the money they have well. So as they grow into adults, they have a better understanding about money. Elyse is writing on subjects like contentment with what you have, how to make a budget, working hard for what you get, and generosity and giving.

Ary and Owen

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Time to go where no child has gone before in our brand new spaceship!

Owen turned 1 in March. We had a family party with cake and presents. He now walks and climbs. Quite often Elyse finds him in high places such as the burglar bars on the window and on top of the table. He doesn’t speak but over the last few weeks, he has learned to communicate a few words such as “more”, “all done”, and “please” through sign language.

Ary has become more interested in doing puzzles and reading books. She asked if Elyse would teach her ABC’s. She also enjoys playing with the neighbourhood kids who come to our house almost daily to play. Our complex is bursting with kids from babies to teenagers. We have become friends with our neighbors right next door. We play with the kids but I think more importantly we listen to them. We listen to their problems and joys. They love to help Elyse cook. Some of the girls come and cry to Elyse. Elyse bakes cupcakes for birthdays and we all decorate. Ryan is a favorite for swinging people around and chasing them.

Listener Story

I am a homeless, inexperienced, young mother who gave birth on the streets. When my baby was a month old, he fell sick from a cold and I thought that he was going to die. I would like to thank TWR for the programme, Challenge of Africa, which had a topic about common cold in children. After listening to your programme, I am no more ignorant concerning my child. Thanks for educating us.

– A listener in the Ivory Coast

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