Posted on May 15th, 2015

Waiting for Baby

On May 1st, Keith and I left Kasane/Kazungula and drove the 5 hours to Francistown where we picked up Rob and Elise.  They had driven down the day before to drop off a work vehicle for service.

 After picking them up, we continued our journey another 5 hours to the capital city, Gaborone.  This is where Elise and Rob will have their baby.

Bokamoso Hospital is very new and modern and was built in conjunction with Vanderbilt University.  In fact, Elise's doctor is a Cuban woman married to an American, who is a neurosurgeon at the hospital.  We are all very pleased with this doctor and the hospital.

Elise has already seen the doctor twice and both visits have been positive.  Now, we must patiently wait for our little grandson to come into this world.

To pass the time, we have been visiting friends, shopping, as the selection and availability of goods is many times better here ( There are at least 5 shopping malls in Gabs.), attending a mothers' group for play day, relaxing, reading, catching up on correspondence.
We are praying for Baby Sutcliffe's safe arrival which could be any day now!  How exciting and blessed we are to have a grand baby here in Africa with us!

Posted on April 29th, 2015

Just last week a local witch doctor took a taxi to the forest reserve to hunt for special roots and leaves for his traditional practice.  Upon arriving at the forest reserve, the taxi driver expressed concern as a large herd of elephant were feeding nearby.  The witch doctor replied that he had no business with the elephants and they had no business with him.  So off he went into their midst.  Soon the taxi driver heard trumpeting and chaos and immediately called the police, who found the witch doctor had been trampled by the enraged elephants. 

The saddest part of this story is that he trusted in his power and left reason at home.  How foolish to walk amongst these huge beasts knowing how dangerous they are! 

Don’t we often do that in our daily lives?  We trust in our strength and think we can handle the situation, when clearly we need to rely on God and trust in Him to give us rational thought and action.

Hopefully, we can learn from this unfortunate man.  Hope you have a blessed day and walk with God.

Posted on April 15th, 2015


Just last week a lion killed a warthog on the town's 9 hole golf course.  Of course, the wild life and game department were called out to investigate.  Thankfully, the lion, after partaking of the warthog, meandered back outside the fenced course.  The fence was quickly mended and the course reopened!

The local folk who play there will do so with their eyes wide open from now on!  Going to a golf course, one expects the usual hazards, sand pits, ponds, and trees in the rough.  How unexpected is the lion kill, the crocs in the water hazards, and the big bull elephant or hippo on the green. 

It gives the game a whole new element of excitement!  One never knows what one will meet on the course.  Isn't that just like life?  We expect the usual and often fall into complacency only to come up against the unexpected.

Our adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion looking for those he can devour. Thankfully, our God is bigger than all the hazards in the world and that gives us courage and peace to play through!

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

Not in Kasane/Kazungula!

With Easter just a few days away, I went to our new super grocery store, part of a national chain of grocery stores, to look for Easter goodies, like chocolate eggs or bunnies.  As I entered the store, I spotted the specials flier and was so excited to see a picture of chocolate eggs and bunnies. 

After walking the whole store, which is quite large, I could not find the eggs and bunnies.  I approached one of the assistant managers and inquired about them.  She shook her head and said they had no chocolate eggs or bunnies.  I guess they have them in the stores in Francistown, Maun, and Gaborone, but not in our store!

I did notice a complaint box by the manager’s desk as I left.  I am sorely tempted to cut the picture out of the flier and write “false advertising” on it and drop it in.  But I probably won’t! 

I hope everyone has a blessed Easter with or without chocolate eggs and bunnies!

Posted on February 16th, 2015

December was an exciting month of visiting with family and friends and our sponsoring church, Kaufman.  So precious is our time with our first grandbaby Ruth!  Elise and
Rob joined us for two weeks while we spent time with both the Honey and Gibson folks.  Sweet, sweet fellowship!

January found us driving over 3,000 miles from Texas to Colorado to Nebraska to Arkansas and back to Texas!  We enjoyed being with old friends and making new ones.  As always, we were blessed immensely by the love and hospitality of all our hosts: the Vesels, the Rutherfords, the Wrights, the Landviks, the Irelands, and the Harrises. 

February we celebrated Ruth's one year birthday!  It is a major accomplishment for her as she has conquered two open heart surgeries, a cranial surgery and a cardio catherter!  Yet, she smiles through it all!  She really is an angel and a much loved one! 

We are now setting out for a two week sojourn in South Texas to visit more of our supporters.  Thankfully, we will not be trying to out run winter storms as we did in our northern trek.

All too soon it will be time to board the plane and head back to Kasane.  Leaving our baby Ruth will be tough, but God has blessed us with another grandchild coming in May in Africa!  Elise and Rob will welcome baby Sutcliffe into the world in May in Gaborone.  We are all excited about this latest addition to the family!

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