Unfriendly matter

DISCLAIMER: I am not implying that the following happened because I ate this scary piece of meat. This scary piece of meat was delicious, and I know for a fact that it did not cause the following to happen. I ate this scary piece of meat in Kenya. I’m not in Kenya anymore. That was …

The Bikes of Burundi

The bicyclists of Burundi are amazing. They carry insanely disproportionate loads on the backs of their bikes. One day we saw an ENTIRE bedroom set on the back of a bike. A bed frame and two side tables. These “bike taxis” are everywhere used to transport everything. Often bikers get in accidents with cars, people, …

Truth and the Burundi Coffee Hills

Truth and the Burundi Coffee Hills

Here’s the bone rattling truth, and I bet you never guessed it… I’m finding Burundi to be a difficult place to live. Beautiful, but difficult. Even though we are among the 2% with electricity and we have a nice big bed to sleep in at night, it’s still not easy. Communication is so challenging that …

Burundi the beautiful

  Oh, Burundi. You are the fourth poorest nation in the world. Burundi. USAID says, “In general, Burundi is perceived as among the 25 most corrupt countries in the world. Petty corruption is widespread, with informal payments required to obtain most services, permits, or licenses.” And we FEEL that corruption every.single.day. Burundi. According to the International …

A Glimpse Inside The Dry Mill

Let me be honest, and this is a little embarassing as the wife of a coffee aficionado, I just googled “what’s a dry mill.” Even thought I’ve been to one, I’m still not so sure what all the loud machines and grunt work are about. The way I see it, the dry mill is the …

Oh man, I love you guys…

… because there is NO WAY I could have left with our air freight today if you have not said at least one little prayer for my underwear. God provided a way, in a land where there are no systems worth trusting. More than EVER before I have faith in my God. He protects. Loves. …

When you pray…

We have 15 pieces of luggage being held captive against it’s will, and ours, in the Burundian customs office. It arrived two weeks ago… 15 bins full of kids toys, pillows, saucepans and very regrettably most of my underwear (yeah, I know). Every week that it is in “storage” at the Burundi airport we have to pay …

In The Burundi Coffee Hills

Let me begin by saying… These are the people, this is the moment, here.we.are. I have been feeling as if I owe you, big time. I feel like I owe you lots of images like this one. Images that allow you to see for yourself what the families who grow coffee in Burundi look like. Here’s …

You moved your family where?

We have a great big hope. But this week it seems like a great big stinky bog is attempting to snatch away our hope and our joy along with it. Burundi can swoop in and make you question things. Things like your sanity at bringing your family… To where? Or, will our vision for holistic …

Tomorrow We Jump…

… and I just wanted you to know. It has been a fight, a gigantic BATTLE to get to this point. We are sick (literally) and tired. This journey has catapulted me beyond any tiredness I have ever known. Tonight I cried in the hollow space of our little house. I walked around the empty …