September 2017 Newsletter

Owen Enoch “discovering” his toes

Hello from the USA! We arrived in North Carolina on July 21st with quite a bump, literally and figuratively. While struggling with jetlag, Aryanna and Elyse became ill and both needed antibiotics. Owen struggled the most with the transition and still isn’t sleeping more that 3 or 4 hours at night. We spent a week at the TWR lodge while we had meetings with the HR department and prepared to come on furlough. Then we moved out and have been living with family.

Living overseas we rarely spend quality time with family. We enjoyed immensely the opportunity to stay with family during our time in North Carolina. Despite the travel challenges, furlough gives us opportunity for catching up on the last three years. We plan on making the most of our time with family and friends during this furlough.
Elyse has been helping the kids stay with their usual routines while they adjust to so many new things. Ryan has spent over an hour commuting to the Cary office each way leaving most of the burden of helping the kids adjust on her. On top of that, the details of furlough (contacting people, booking flights and rental cars, looking up VISA requirements) were handled by her. Where would we be without her!

Aryanna enjoying the slide at park near our “home” in North Carolina

Once we settled in, Ryan began working at the Cary office. One thing we need to refine in LinguaDMS (our media archive) is the process for uploading files. The Producer’s Tool Ryan wrote automates a few things that makes uploading and publishing files a little bit easier. Several partners in America, however, wanted a website to use instead of needing to install software on their machines. He spent August building a prototype for that website. Though not quite finished, there is still a lot of interest and it was good to build face-to-face connections with colleagues in the US. Ryan will continue part-time work on the project remotely during the rest of furlough.

 

Please Pray for Sierra Leone

They call it, ”the day the earth moved”. On August 14th, 2017 a devastating mudslide took the community in Freetown, Sierra Leone by surprise. Heavy rains and floods contributed to the disaster that took at least 500 lives. An additional 800 people are still missing as cleanup and searches continue. At least 3,000 people have been displaced and its estimated that around 9,000 people have been affected in some way by the mudslides. On top of all of this the standing pools of water and the bodies could encourage a cholera outbreak.


Sierra Leone went through a civil war from 1991 to 2002, then just 3 years ago the country fought the Ebola outbreak that ravaged many families. In light of the events that are troubling the country, Elyse and I would like to ask to you to lift up the people of Sierra Leone in your prayers. When you think to pray for us, also lift up Sierra Leone. Pray for the safety of the cleanup crews as they work in dangerous areas, and pray that a cholera outbreak would not happen. Pray for God’s hope to reach Sierra Leone and for Christians there to be beacons of hope for their communities.

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