Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Little Bit of Business, Little Bit of Fun

Here we go, T - 4 days until we all jump on a few airplanes and head our way back to North America for a short visit.
There are some that have been wondering about where we will be and what we will be doing and if they can come and see us? Here are your answers.

We leave here Saturday April 18 and arrive in Boise Idaho Sunday the 19th. We will be there until April 30th. During that time Nick and I will be attending a MAF global leadership conference with some of my family looking after the kids. If you are in Idaho and you really want to see us, let us know. Though I am anticipating being quite busy. 

We then head to Alberta where we will be doing some not-so-rustic camping at the Territima lodge.
We will arrive there late Thursday (30th) and will be there till the following thursday May 7th. We will have a celebration for Pascals first birthday and hopefully do lots of sitting around camp fires :-). If you would like to come out and visit we would love to see you! Bring some s'mores! 

Then on the 7th we will go to Ontario where we will be attending a wedding and getting some more MAF business done. We will be doing an open house at Nicks sisters house Sunday May 10th. If you would like more information on that please let us know. We would love to see you there as well. 

Start Packing! 
We then make our way back to Congo starting May 12th. So there you go, hopefully we will get to see some of you! 

Do pray for us as we travel, as this will be a lot of changes for the littles in just a few short weeks. 


The Freys

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Family Conference 2015

This year I had the privilege of helping plan and organize our family conference here in Kinshasa.
When we were home last time we had asked Nicks missions professor from Bible College if he would be interested in coming to be our speaker. Charlie McCordic and his wife Cindy where missionaries in Chad and have been consistently close to MAF families through the years. 
We also had an awesome couple come from the States, Steve and Laurie Patee. They are advocates of MAF and they came to help look after our kids while the adults were busy. Steve and Laurie came a few days ahead of time and they were able to go on a flight with Nick, see the office and even do a bit of shopping with Randy and Vanessa. We are so thankful for them because they were able to bring many treats for our adults and children alike. Everyone felt so blessed by their presence at this conference.  A special shout out to Lydia who helped Laurie take care of our kids during the conference.

Sandy Francis, Andew McAllister and a few people from IPCK's choir came to lead us in worship for the week. It was a blessing to have them and they did such an amazing job.

The Confence was held at Tasok and Jody and Sandy were gracious enough to let us use their rooms! We had 2 sessions with Charlie Monday and Tuesday and then in the afternoon had a optional computer class with Randy Clairmont and then played softball and Volleyball together. 
Monday evening we all went to Mama Cs; a nice restaurant in our neighbourhood. During supper we gave out some certificates reconizing 4 of our couples for being with MAF for 10, 20, 25 and 30 years. 

Tuesday night we had a Date night. Emily Hochstetler and the entire Hochetetler family decorated their house and helped us cook up a romantic Spaghetti supper. Our teenagers, Lydia, Nicholas and Daniel served us supper. They did such an awesome job and it was so fun to see them serve everyone. 
Wednesday we had our all Staff day, where we included our National staff, their spouses and their children. Only some where able to bring their families but we had a great time hearing a message from Charlie, then playing and eating together. Kevin Spann did a great job is putting together a team building activity. It was very cool to see very one working together, and learning about how communication is essential. 

Wednesday night we had supper at MPH (thanks Cindy!!) and we were supposed to do a talent show but I double booked it with our Ladies/ Mens night so we did not have time to do it. But the ladies night went great :-). We had a small baby shower for Vanessa Clairmont (who left right after the conference in preperation to have her baby ) and painted our toe nails :-), thanks Mary and Tasha for all your hard work. And from what I heard from Kevin Spann the guys 'talked about their feeling' haha... but I heard it was very good. 
Tursday the guys had a tech day, which was full of talking about airplane stuff, the future of MAF in Congo and where MAF as a whole is going. I think they could have talked for an entire 2 days but I think that they accomplished a lot in the time they had. 

Charlie stuck around till Monday; it was good to have some time to ourselves to visit with him, though we were sad his wife Cindy was not able to come (thanks for all the gifts Cindy!). He was also able to continue conversations with different families that were started during the conference and then Monday was even able to go and see the hanger before his flight out. 
Sorry, I feel like this blog post is one big name drop, but there were just so many people that helped out. None of us could have done it alone and though it was hard work we all worked together to make it a really awesome time. 

Thanks for everyone who prayed for us during the conference and we hope that next year will be ever better :-)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

5 years

The other day we received this fancy certificate letting us know that we have completed 5 years of service. This has started us down on a bit of memory lane. 
A lot has happened in the last 5 years... We haven't even been married for 5 years yet! Haha
For those that don't know our story, here's the bullet points: 

-We met sept 9, 2009
-Nick joined MAF beginning of November 2009
-We got engaged Jan 1, 2010
-We both officially join MAF Feb 2010
-We finished fundraising and got married June 12, 2010
-August 2010 Went to Nampa, Idaho for MAF US candidacy 
-September 2010 started language school in Quebec City
-July 2011 finish language school
-July- September: weddings, more training and spending time with family
5 Years ago, before we were married.. when I had cool hair :-)
-September 2011 arrive in congo
-July 2012 Ruth was born
-Dec 2012 move to a new house
-November 2013 Nicole and Jason get married
-March 2014 Nick starts in program manager position
-May 2014 Pascal is born 
-February 2015 - 5 years with MAF.

Wow, it seems so simple when you sum it up like that. But there it is, the last 5 yrs of our lives. 
Pascal 10 Months
But it's the spaces inbetween that really tell the story isn't it? The spaces that are full of laughter and tears; triumphs and discouragements; joys and sorrows. 

We just had 2 other families in our program arrive at milestone moments this year, one for 20 years with MAF and one for 25 years... Wow. Our 5 years seems like small peas compared to that commitment. These families that have given a majority of their lives to help spiritually and physically transform the lives of isolated people. They've been evacuated, lost their all possessions (maybe more then once), loved and been loved, been hurt and saved lives. 
Already bigger then his sister?
I don't know if our lives will lead us to receiving a 20 year certificate or even where we will be in the next 5 years, but I can only pray to have the impact that these two families have had over the last 20 and 25 years.

Well heres to milestones! Thanks so much for everyone that prays and supports us. This is a hard life we have chosen to live... but when we have been given so much, how can we not but want to give back for Gods glory and the betterment of mankind. 
My sweet boy