Thursday, February 25, 2010

Massie Update

We finally have internet connection in Moti.  All of us have been sick over the past week.  We have all had Giradia and I (Shalene) have had walking Pneumonia.  We have these diagnosis because of a missionary doctor here that has faithfully seen us and helped us get the right medications.  We are very thankful for Dr. Philip and Linda Byler.   They allowed Abigail and I to stay with them for a night and helped take care of Abigail while I rested.  That was a huge blessing!  They had a new grandson born the night we stayed with them, so it was neat for Abigail to be a “stand in” granddaughter for them to hold.  We were rejoicing with them as they received the news!

Kevin has continued to stay busy helping coordinate clearing of the land and building the fence around our compound.  We took a walk yesterday and he showed me the perimeter of the fence.  It is a lot of land!  He has been pleasantly surprised at how quickly the men have cleared the land. 

My days consist of cooking in our new outdoor kitchen, cleaning, washing diapers, taking care of Abigail, bathing her to keep her cool, and visiting the cooks on the compound.  I am beginning to learn some Arabic from them.   

Abigail is crawling and has her two top teeth coming in.  She loves to play with the musical cards her Grandmother Young bought for our birthdays.  She opens them up and looks up at me with a grin and waits for me to dance and then joins in.  It is so much fun!  She also loves to see the chickens run around the compound.  She looks at them and then at me.  I say, “Chicken, bawk, bawk,” and she laughs and claps.   She loves to go for a ride in the land Cruiser to Torit, which is about 3 ½ miles from Moti.  The rode is VERY bumpy and she squeals and laughs until the rocking puts her to sleep.  The best way for me to carry her is in the Ergo carrier so I can hold her head and brace myself over the bumps.  We could  use the car seat, but that would be to easy and not near as much fun!

Eugenio, our taxi driver friend from Nairobi, visited us for a few days.  He wanted to see what he helped us buy supplies for.
Here we are in front of our Kitchen with our tent in the background.
We have enjoyed having Matt McGowen, our new MWP staff member here.  He is visiting for about 10 days.  He helped Kevin make our bed frame and “re-roof”/ tarp our kitchen just in time for a big rain storm.  The previous day it rained and the kitchen got pretty wet from leaks.  The rain was unexpectedly early.  What a blessing!  It really cooled the air. 

A picture inside our tent.

 We are thankful to be connected again so will be able to send more updates!

Much love and blessings,

Kevin, Shalene, and Abigail


  1. I love you guys...thank you for doing what you do.

  2. It is so amazing to see God use His people for His glory! We love you guys and continue in prayer with you!!

  3. I love the pics! Now I can picture you guys when I am praying for you :D I know it may sound silly, but helps me to feel like Im praying for you better when I can picture your surroundings:) Sweet little Abigail looks so at home :) We miss you much and are praying for you all!

  4. I'm so thankful for the pictures! Makes me want to come over and have afternoon tea with you! Keep the pictures and updates coming if you can. Praying for you and for your continued health and adjustments to life in Sudan.
    Much love to the three of you.

  5. Hello! So good to hear about what is going on there and see pics! I love you guys so much. T and I pray for you every day! Give Miss Abigail a huge hug and a kiss from me!

  6. Excellent pictures! You guys are really resourceful! Abigail is sooo... cute! Wow, is she growing! Sorry you have been ill. You have been in our prayers.

    The inside of your tent kinda says Arabian Nights goes camping. Very creative. This would make for an exciting book some day..maybe about.."Memories of Moti: A Mission Family's Story" and for book #2 "365 1/2 Uses for Bamboo". I think I am seeing two best sellers!

    The word here in southern WV is "snow". Beckley even made Good Morning America because of it! Is this a thing you share with your family in the heat of Africa? Well... if we could just share some of our cold with you and you share some of your heat with us... we would both have...Spring!

    Love you guys!

  7. Love the pictures! Especially your very cool tent and Abigail in the tub! She is a gift. What a blessing to have such a happy baby. We are praying for you guys! Esp. for Shalene - for a quick and full recovery.