"For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God." (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March prayer letter

Click on the link to view our March prayer letter: March 2010 prayer letter

Last month when we sent out our prayer letter, we were talking about the unusually cold, snowy weather. This month we can talk about the unusually warm, spring weather! Though the boys enjoyed playing in the snow and we even had an "adventure weekend" without heat (leave it to the missionaries from Africa to forget to check on something as vital as that!), they've been getting stir crazy as well. It's nice to be able to let them outside a little more often to run off some of that extra energy!

One of the more unique experiences we had this month was to present about our mission work to Caleb's preschool. Caleb really enjoyed "helping" talk about Burkina, showing how babies ride on their mommy's back and singing a song in English, French, and the Gourma language. He seems to remember Burkina well and has fond memories of his "home". Joel has finally adjusted to a lot of the transition and is doing really well going to church nurseries or even staying with babysitters. We thank you so much for your prayers on that account. It has given mommy and daddy much peace of mind and a chance to get a break! Dale had the chance to attend our church's mens retreat at the beginning of the month, which he enjoyed immensely (though he was reminded that it's been a long time since he's played much sports...ouch!).

The end of this month will mark the halfway point of our time home. It has flown by quickly and we are becoming more and more aware of how quickly the rest of the time here will also go by! If we haven't been able to catch up with you yet, please send us a note soon so we can be sure to get you on our calendar! We'd hate to go back overseas regretting the fact that we missed a chance to see you! Of course, you are always welcome to come see us in Burkina! We would love to see as many of you as can make it! Start putting it on your calendars now so that we can help you plan the process and make it happen! We try to share as much of our ministry with you as we can through pictures and stories, but nothing can compare to seeing it first-hand for yourself. It means a lot to us to know that you take a special interest in what we are doing!

We hope you all are enjoying the spring weather as much as we are. When I think of the way my spirits lift at the coming of spring and how much new life there is to see, I am reminded of the hope and new life we celebrate during Easter. May you experience much hope and new life as you consider the great gift given us! May we never take it lightly!


Dale, Florence, Caleb & Joel


  1. I second the sentiment that nothing compares to seeing it first-hand for yourself! I was in Mahadaga with the Johnsons & Walshes in 2008 and am really itching to return again.
    If you can learn some French before you go, that could make your visit even more enjoyable as you won't have to rely as much on translators. But don't let your language skills prevent you from going. It's well worth it just being there amongst the people of Burkina!
    Pray without ceasing ... and then GO if God calls (perhaps it will be a whisper).
    I hope to see you back there again soon, Florence & Dale, Caleb & Joel!
    Lene (:~]

  2. Florence and Dale,

    I wish we had internet and could access your letters regularly! Thank you for sending them to us! Yes, we are enjoying the spring weather as well!