Category Archives: StandingBeside

Do You Still Dream Together?

This morning over breakfast, Dan and I were talking about the dreams we have for GECHAAN and this area of Nigeria and what the future may hold for us here  As we drank coffee, ate oatmeal and banana and laughed and talked, this idea came from our The Daily Love Talk Devotional Book  that we… Continue Reading

It’s the Little Things

“Unless you are faithful in small matters, you won’t be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” Luke 16:10 Servants do every task with equal dedication. Whatever they do, servants “do it with all their heart” Colossians 3:23 Today I want to focus on “the… Continue Reading

What’s in your bucket?

Here in Nigeria, on the Mambilla Plateau you can see children everywhere, working, playing, laughing, talking, or singing.  I am always observing to see how children here live their lives here and it amazes me to see a little girl skipping down the street singing a song, barefoot, dirty clothes, and happy or a little… Continue Reading

Jesus Loves the Little Children, Do You?

Every Sunday we go to a different church to connect with congregations as we are a para-church organization.  This morning we went to church at one of the churches that is doing the AWANA Clubs.  I was so blessed to be able to witness this church (who just recently started doing any children’s ministry) bring… Continue Reading

What are you building?

Well, here in Gembu at GECHAAN we have had a lot of building going on lately.  Here are bricks that the brick makers have made and they are drying in the sun.  They have been working all week making them. I got to thinking about how we prepare for things in life and this occurred… Continue Reading

World AIDS Day 2015

Today is December 1.  World AIDS Day.  Here at GECHAAN we have been working for the past two months preparing to get the word out about HIV/AIDS and raise awareness.  It is a wonderful opportunity as we are free to go around our whole community and “preach” AIDS awareness outside our clinic walls. Despite major… Continue Reading


This week I am excited about Thanksgiving.  Last Thanksgiving we were in Nigeria, but we were so busy getting ready to leave for the States for Nigeria’s elections, we did not do anything different or special, we just kept on working.  Well, this year we get to have Thanksgiving with American friends who are also… Continue Reading

Living in a World of Two Homes

I have been puzzling on this the past couple of weeks and I want to share it with you. How is it that when you have lived most of your life in Minnesota, half of the time in the Pine River area, and half in Brooklyn Park area, besides the cultural differences in just moving from… Continue Reading

It Should Be So Simple

Earlier this week I had a day when I was sad, disappointed, over-whelmed, and mad! The thing that happened was ANOTHER baby was diagnosed HIV+.  This is not a rare occurrence around here unfortunately.  It happens at least 5 times weekly.  You see, Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT) is the number one way new cases… Continue Reading

Just “Wow!”

Friends, this week I was once again reminded of how God puts people and circumstances into our lives and how we react to them contributes to our growth as individuals. I guess what I’m getting at is that the things that God has “planted” deep in our hearts, really without thought on our part is God-given… Continue Reading