Our family's heart is filled with the hope of our calling in Christ Jesus and we want to share! Our home town and now Hope Clinic is where we are called. We want to share our adventure with you!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

You'd never think those words would be on the same heading!!  But here we are getting ready for a party THIS SAT!!...The ebola virus is still on the move in Guinea...BUT the boxes we've been praying for (with the laparoscopy equipment)  HAVE ARRIVED in Conakry and the Jon Erickson from Hope Clinic will be driving the 17 hours to the capitol city to pick them up and deliver them to Hope!  Jon isn't afraid of a little ebola!! Satan will try to thwart God's plans BUT God is more powerful and HIS WILL will be done!  We are so excited and we are all full of HOPE!  Jeff also was able to see pictures of the OR remodel that has been happening too!  He says it looks amazing and things continue to fall into place for the new equipment to have a home there. Come celebrate with us this Sat at the Riverenza, see fun pictures, help make goody bags for children we will meet on our trip, buy a soccer ball for us to deliver, eat some yummy food, hear some great stories of what God has been and will continue to do there in N'Zao, Guinea at Hope Clinic! Our team is not discouraged at all...we truly are full of God's hope and we know if He doesn't want us there, He will make it clear.  Until then we keep moving forward with YOUR HELP and will continue to obey.  Thanks so much for all of your prayers, your financial support, and your concern for our safety and for the safety of those in the country of Guinea and its' surrounding neighbors.  Continue to pray with us that we prove faithful to what God's called us to do and that above all stories of ebola and worries of our safety that God will be glorified and honored all what that happens!  JOIN US SATURDAY for a bunch of fun!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014



Here's a great video (created by Steve Oproek with lots of love!!Thanks Steve!) that we have to represent our trip before we go.  Watch, enjoy, and learn a little more about why we are going and what we are expecting God to do while we are there!

Our airline tickets have been purchased - Yay! They were even cheaper than we could've imagined! We are now awaiting the visa application process...and we need two, one for Liberia where we fly into and one for Guinea.  It is a little tenuous as we have to apply by sending in ALL of our actual passports with the applications, one at a time, and within 3-4 weeks of our trip!  If we apply too early, the visas will run out before our return date and then we won't be able to leave the country to come home!  We need prayer that the timing is just perfect and that they don't lose our passports in the process!

We also just found out the overnight accommodations we thought were in place for when we land in Liberia are not available.  So we need a place to stay for one night in Monrovia...anyone have any connections?! haha!

We are excited about planning the April 5 "Celebration of Hope" party!  We will play the video and show lots of pictures, have live story-telling from those who've made the trip before us, have fun activities for you and your kids to participate in getting things ready for our trip, plus we'll have lots of yummy food!  So plan to come join us at the Riverenza!

Prayer Requests:

-Continue to pray for the boxes of laparoscopic equipment to arrive safely and on time

-Pray for our visa application process

-Pray for a place for us to sleep in Monrovia that first night we land

-Pray for our April 5th party!

-Pray for those people we will come in contact with while we are there, that we can help them medically and also share Christ's love with them

Sunday, March 2, 2014


We all got our shots tonight!!  Jackie Gust (of Good News Clinics) who's done all of Jeff's shots for the past two years, braved the nasty Gorge weather to come to our meeting tonight and give us all our shots!  Thank you, Lord, for her safety!  Everyone was really brave... few screams here and there but overall a pretty tough crew!!  Jen still has a few more to get (Jackie thought that 6 shots at one time tonight was enough to put her immune system into overload) so the last few will come over the next few weeks...she was a little behind in her immunizations!  Plane tickets should be purchased this week.  We have a short presentation at church this week so be on the lookout for that cool video (we will post online after Sunday)!  We will plan to pass out prayer cards that day too.

The boxes you all have been wondering about and praying for are on their way across the ocean!  They made it to the East coast and are sailing across the Atlantic now.  We have been told there could be a hold-up at the receiving port in Conakry, Guinea because of the unloading/check-in time.  Plus then the drive time to the clinic.  Please, continue to pray for their safe and timely arrival at Hope!

Thank you all, in advance, for all of your prayers and support for this exciting journey!  We are seeing God working EVERY DAY in our lives here...by seeing very real fears calmed, good airline prices, worries taken care of, plans falling into place in perfect timing.  We are so excited to be able to be a part of this ministry! Our friends at Hope Clinic are VERY excited to have us all come and share in their ministry there, too! They are very grateful for every prayer, every effort, to further Christ's message through Hope Clinic!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


It's now super easy to sign-up to receive our blog, thanks to Connor!  He put a quick link to the right (the yellow link that says follow our trip here)!  He also set up links so you can easily visit Dawn/Rachel and Marc's blogs from our blog as well! Thanks so much, Con, for helping us out!  It was a little cumbersome before to get signed up to receive emails whenever we post a new message, now it's super easy. So, click and sign up so you can be a part of our TEAM!

This next week should bring about finishing up necessary paperwork, buying plane tickets, planning for our April 5th party, and getting our SHOTS!!  Then, and only then, can we apply for our "in-country" visas that Liberia (where we fly into) and Guinea both have to grant us in order for us to enter and leave their countries. You can pray for smooth planning and transitions, and you can thank God ahead of time for all He is going to do with this trip and everyone involved...that includes YOU! We love and appreciate you all! We thank our God every time we remember YOU, We always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phillipians 1:3-5.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Please note,

Please note, in order to be in compliance with Calvary's 501c3, we need to change the memo line request on tax deductible donations from "Africa Trip" to "Missions Outreach". Thank you!!

Things Are Moving Right Along!

Follow this link to see the prayer letter a more clearly and to print if you wish!

One day at a time, we are watching God move and lay the details in place; from finalizing our team members, to God's protection of Jeff from a landslide on his way to work Thursday that could have taken his life, to this amazing prayer letter! Praises all around! Our prayers right now are for the details of tickets purchases, visa procurement, financial provision, immunizations, continued safe travels for the boxes of equipment, and for a super fun party on April 5 at The Riverenza!!   Thank you to Greg and Molly Ott for donating their wonderful event space! We "hope" you can join us! We want to be thanking God ahead of time for all He is going to do, because we are confident in Him and His travel and ministry plans. We will be celebrating with food, pictures, and stories from Jeff's previous trips. No RSVP necessary; it will be "open house" style so just drop in if you can. We are grateful to have you be a part of our team!

Saturday, February 15, 2014



Follow this link to see our prayer letter, with info on our team, our trip, and how to be a part of our journey yourself!