Author Archives: Tina

Today is a holiday in Nigeria

Because we live in a Muslim/Christian nation, today is a national holiday in Nigeria.  I thought I would give those that are interested a little peek into what this looks like here in Nigeria. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed in daylight hours, began on 18 June… Continue Reading

Flashback Friday! Tell Me Again

Dear Friends, I decided that once in a while I am going to post a song that affected me at a particular junction in life and affected me deep down to my core.  This is a picture of a Children’s Sunday School room here in Nigeria.  We do not even  have flannel graph here! About… Continue Reading

So what do we do about HIV at GECHAAN?

The ministry that we are at – Gembu Center for HIV/AIDS Nigeria (GECHAAN) is where Dan and I serve.  Now that you know a little bit about HIV/AIDS I thought I would tell you how we are working to create awareness and treating those many people that are affected.  One of the things we do… Continue Reading

PMTCT – What is it?

PMTCT Preventing Mother To Child Transmission.  This is a picture of a grandmother, her granddaughter, and granddaughters’ baby.  This is the picture you should have in your mind when you think of the number one way that new cases of HIV/AIDS happen.  Here is the story.  The granddaughter had a baby boy (they named him Thankgod –… Continue Reading

Where did HIV come from?

The year was 1987 – I remember the day well!  I was watching the Twins in the World Series and saw an informational piece on HIV.  I was frightened as I could not believe there was a new disease that we didn’t know much about and there was no cure for it.  How would this… Continue Reading

Why HIV?

This month I am going to do a series of blogs on HIV/AIDS.  Before this journey I knew nothing about this virus.  I didn’t need to because it didn’t affect me.  Now I know and there will be no excuses! WHAT IS HIV? “HIV” stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. To understand what that means, let’s… Continue Reading

Land of the Free

This week I have been so thankful that I was born American.   Being raised in a low to middle-class American family, I have had so many opportunities that 95% of the rest of this world have not. As a child, my mom would tell me about starving children in other countries and I really… Continue Reading


This week I  have been struck with the realization, once again, that I love and live with an amazing man!  I don’t want to be all braggy, but I do want to let you know what I see every day here in Nigeria. I see a man who has stepped out of the world that… Continue Reading


This picture is of our pharmacy staff in our pharmacy.  I took it this morning as I was down at the Clinic for devotions and to visit with staff. A man and his family came up to me and one of the counselors that was working with him interpreted for him.  He wanted to talk… Continue Reading


This week I want to talk a little bit about our ability to strive.  Do we strive in our own power or what are we putting our trust in?   Here is a picture of one of the goofy goats that belongs to one of the guards here.  These things are hysterical!  I don’t care… Continue Reading