Friday, September 5, 2014

Busy Just Got Busier

We have had a busy summer. It is about to get busier. We attended a Pastor's School in Toledo, OH, in August for 4 days. It was not a missions conference, so my thinking was off. It was for Pastors and their families and any laymen in the church, etc. My mind is geared to missions and you definitely need the local church and its pastors. We heard some good messages and also had good sessions throughout the day.

We started school on August 12th, so we can get in a few weeks before we start getting busy with reporting back to our churches. Matthew turned 15 on August 31st. He had a friend over and I think he had a good time. Naomi took her test to get her temporary drivers license, she is excited about that. She has not officially drove on the road yet.

This Sunday is our first meeting with 2 of our churches and it is non stop from here on out. Please pray for us as we travel, home school and keep our sanity. Going to the churches is the great part. It is the traveling in between and trying to do home school on the road that is hard.

Our kids have been involved with our youth group here at our home church, they are enjoying it. On visitation they always seem to come back with an ice cream? I think I am going out with the wrong people. They have a youth rally this Saturday, we have to pick them up a little early to head to our meeting for Sunday.

I have to tell you a funny story on how we met our neighbors. Yesterday I go out to the mailbox around 9:00 AM to put some envelopes inside and grab the garbage can. I get a little ways down the driveway and I see horses loose. Our neighbors across the street both of them have horses. I hurry and turn around and yell for Mack. "Our neighbors horses are loose." "Loose?" So now I am hurrying across the street. I BANG on their door, ring the doorbell consistently!!! Mack is on the opposite side of the road to make sure the horses don't run toward the road. Well after few minutes they finally emerge from the house, at this time the horses have wondered across the street far from Mack and across several neighbors yards. I am trying to follow them, but am at quite a distance. I just didn't want them to get lost. They finally came back across the road and started to head back near their house. The other neighbor came over to help and got them all back inside the pasture. So we met our neighbor "Bob" :)

I will try to post as often as I can...


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fair, Camp, Reunion

The Siekberts annual visit to Ohio State fair, there's was 51 of us who went this year.


The following week was "Camp Chippewa." Selina and I helped in the nursery for those who were working else where during camp. Naomi and Matthew were group leaders and led the kids around camp. Monday morning Mack taught the lesson. There was 15 who accepted Christ that week.






                                                                     



















The weekend following camp was the Siekbert family reunion. With many in the ministry it is hard for everyone to get together at the same time. There was about 70 of us that got together and many in church with mom and dad that Sunday.


Geri, Jim, Sandy, Dad, Mom, Mark, Debbie,Charles, Mack
The Siekbert boys(Jim, Dad, Mark, Charles, Mack)
Our boys with Grandpa
Grandchildren/Gr Grandchildren and spouses








Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summer? Still Waiting

It says summer began June 21. We are still waiting for the summer temperatures. One day it was close to 90 degrees and then back in the 70's, which is perfect right? I have put my jacket up, but it is not to far out of reach to grab it again.

We have had a busy month getting settled. We have also visited family, gone to the zoo and a baseball game. It is so enjoyable to get into the car and everyone behaves themselves and stays on their side of the road and follows the traffic laws. It is amazing but everything goes so smoothly even the roads are smooth.



Reds game






My younger sister got married and all my sisters and brothers and their families were there. It was a nice wedding and of course seeing all my siblings all together was nice.



Prince emailed and gave us a wonderful report of 9 students getting saved, the following week 3 more and another 2 accepted Christ over a couple of weeks at the school they have devotions at each week. This was just after the head mistress told him the school bought drums and they are going to dance and drum. Drums are in most churches and schools. Some can say it is part of their culture, but you have to teach them what is right. The church going to a youth conference this month (which maybe this week?) The theme for the conference is, "Encouraging Young Men To Get Into The Ministry". So please pray for our young folks in Ghana. Esther Norty's sisters funeral was this month also. She had passed away right before we left Ghana. Pro_25:25  As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.









Thursday, June 26, 2014

Pictures

Here are some pictures of our last Sunday in Ghana:


Joe & Joe












Emmanuella wanted to get matching dresses for her and Naomi. She couldn't get one for herself, so Naomi surprised her and had a dress made for Emmanuella. We went to her moms shop and got her measurements and had it sown.



Thursday, June 19, 2014

America vs Ghana

By Saturday afternoon we got a little serious about packing our suitcases. You know all those last minute items you really can't pack. We had a baptism after church on Sunday and Naomi and Matthew put a little slide show together of the last couple of years for the church.

Prince went with us to the airport and got us on our way. America vs Ghana, played in the World Cup on Monday evening. We watched America score the first goal at the airport and the very few Americans cheered. The Ghanaians were bummed, then we loaded the plane. The kids where wearing their Ghana shirts. Prince told us on the way to the airport that America has been practicing for 6 months for this game. Their goal was to beat Ghana. America lost the last two games against Ghana in previous games of The World Cup. Matthew has emailed Kendall rubbing it in that America has won!!! Either way we where winners, we were for Ghana and of course for America.

I am proud of my family. Traveling overseas can be very stressful. Going through the Accra Airport, can be frustrating in itself, but we just laughed with everyone and talked to them about the World Cup and we probably where the only ones smiling in that place. One instance was going through customs the man was taking our passports and checking all of us, one security guard told us to "step back," because we where blocking the way. A few minutes later another man comes by and says, "oh, move forward so he can do your paper work." A few more minutes the first guy comes back and says "move back." Finally Mack said, "no, they are staying right here." We have been in Ghana to long, we just go with the flow. They all want to be Chief, not Indians. Our flights went really well and we made it back to Ohio. My mom and sister where waiting for us, then a few minutes later in pops Mack's mom and niece and sister. We weren't expecting them. Mack's brother/Pastor brought the church van and got us loaded up. I want to thank all those who prayed for us. I know our home church especially did. Thank You!

We are still in limbo. We are foreigners in our own country. We haven't used our bank cards in so long they have to send us new cards, so how do we get money? What did we do in the olden days? The kids leave for camp with our church on Saturday and we have no vehicle. We do have a nice bed to sleep in and WARM water. Everything is so cold here. I wash my hands with cold water, everything I touch is so cold. In Ghana the water is lukewarm the fruit from the tree is warm not COLD. We are wearing jackets and everyone just looks at us. It is nice outside but everywhere you go they have the air-conditioning on. We miss Ghana. It is funny to hear our kids say things, they always say. I keep saying, "We are not in Ghana anymore." On the way home from the airport. Joseph says, "Obruni" (White Man) to a passing car. My kids have been emailing those in Ghana. They are a part of our lives and it is hard to be away.

I hope to have some pictures for you next week. Here is a link to the World Cup: World Cup 2014 Ghana vs America







Monday, June 2, 2014

They Did Dry...Eventually



We had a great week of VBS at Cornerstone. It rained a couple of days but kids still came. Naomi was feeling poorly earlier in the week, she had all the symptoms of malaria so we started the medication and I stayed home with her on Thursday, by Friday afternoon she wanted to get back to VBS. I am so glad she was feeling better. On Saturday we had a day of rest from VBS at our house. Although it was not much of a rest. I am thankful for all the girls who helped cook and clean up.

Our vehicle has been at the mechanics since Wednesday. Taking taxi is fine, but expensive to go and come for the week. Also the "back breakers" are going to do me in. (The Potholes) more like moon craters. The roads are terrible. It seemed the taxi's took the worst roads. My back is paying the price. The electric seems to be better this week, I shouldn't speak to soon. It makes it hard to get things done when the electric is out. I washed all the kids clothes by hand last week because it was piling up and I knew we would be busy with VBS and of course it rained. I couldn't dry them. ugh! Clothes were drying everywhere in my house. You try to get ahead, some days it just doesn't work out. I am still glad I did it, they did dry...eventually.










For a 7 year old, Nehemiah has been beating everyone at Monopoly. He is a smart one. As soon as he gets property he puts hotels up right away and wipes us out. Naomi has won once and I am usually the first to go out. I don't mind, while they are busy I can get something done. It's my strategy, shh. Mack says it's because I'm a loser, well that too, but not a sore loser.






We will be leaving for furlough in two weeks. Please send any mail to our home church address and our email will be the same:

Chippewa Lake Baptist Church
5326 Chippewa Road
Medina OH 44256

thesiekberts@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing many of you!!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Chaos and Massive Disorder

I am getting behind on my blog. I try to get out a post each week, but that has not been happening. We are on furlough mode. I have been cleaning and packing. We finished school the first week of May. I started with the school room and emptied the room and packed the school books away. Hurray!!! Then we tackled the boys room, ugh, just plain dirt. It blows through the windows then the fan blows it to the  outsides and corners of the room. I am sure you are not interested in all the dirt…ha ha!! We have our hall loaded with trunks. Trunks we are taking back and trunks that are staying, filled with books, towels, sheets and some kitchen items. I have on several occasions needed something that was already packed, to sort through the trunks to find the item. My kids wish they where still in school with all this cleaning. Trying to finish and use up any food items, but yet still needing some groceries to make it through the month. As Pastor Prince says, "Chaos and Massive Disorder" exactly!!



Our daughter Naomi turned 16 on May 4th. She had 6 girls over for the afternoon and to spend the night. They went to church with us on Sunday. Some of these girls we have known since they where little. We have some new girls who we hope they continue growing in the Lord.


We are getting ready for VBS the last week of May. Our theme this year is "The Armour of God". Naomi drew some armor and I helped her paint it. Then we attached Velcro to the pieces so someone could wear it. Then she drew a poster with the names Velcroed to the poster to be removed and the kids have to put the right name on each piece of armour. It should be a fun week!!




One of the girls over for Naomi's birthday was Esther. We call her Little Esther, because we have two Esthe's in our church. We found out that on Naomi's birthday on of her sisters (Sarah) had a baby. Wewhere excited for her. So the next Saturday Mack and I went to visit Esther and her family to see the new little baby. We where greeted by one of her twin brothers, Elvis. The whole family was gathered around, there are 8 children, most are grown and have families of their own, with Esther being the youngest. Elvis begins to tell us that Thursday their oldest sister died. We where shocked! I just got some sewing done from one of Esther's sisters (Gifty) and the one that passed was (Sapphira), she was there at the shop. We greeted the family and gave our condolences, we then got to see the new baby and pray with the new mom. It was a sad but yet rejoicing time for the family. The funeral will be in July, which we will not be here. Esther's brother Elvis is married to another girls sister in our church. Both families live on the same street as our church. Pray that they see Christ though it all and through the 3 family members that come to our church.






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