"Adventures With Jennifer"

Trip Start Dec 18, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Congo - The Dem. Repub.  , Kinshasa,
Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tomorrow we shall have another "Adventures with Jennifer" day when I take my friends by the hand and make them go out with me to do "stuff" around town.  I'm feeling a sense of urgency since I have just a few weeks left here.  I have a lot to do and see before I go.  Today there were riots and shootings again here in Kinshasa.  Things are heating up with the elections drawing near.  I am thankful that we will be leaving Congo before the elections take place.  We will try to go downtown tomorrow to a few stores and to a market there, but it will depend on the crowds, etc. 

Yesterday I took Jocelyn, a brand new MAF wife that just got to the field 9 days ago, and my friend Esther to the orphanage.  Neither had been there before so we took a tour and saw the babies and toddlers and handicapped kids.  From there we ventured off into a large Marche (outdoor Congolese Market) that was mainly vegetables and some other sundries.  It was interesting.  We felt the people there were a bit hostile and not really liking us being there, so we didn't stay long.  From there we went to where furniture is made by hand outside along the road using crude tools and methods.  It was fun to look around.  I bought a small wooden side table that I think is really cool.  It is definitely traditional Congolese.

It seems that Caleb may be the first Abbott to have Malaria.  He has all the symptoms and so we have started him on the treatment.  Pray for him during the next 24-48 hours that he doesn't become dehydrated and that he can keep the medicine down. 

This weekend we are hoping to make it to the stadium, finally, to see a football (soccer) game.  We are so excited!  I've been trying to get there since we arrived and I couldn't find an expat that had been there or would recommend going.  Everyone says it could be too dicey to go.  BUT.... the new couple that have arrived in Kinshasa will go with us, so we are really pumped.  :)  I'll take some pics and let you know how it goes.

I am so thankful that for TWO whole days now we have had internet access!  That has been a HUGE deal to us and we are super thankful.
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Casey Chappell on

Praying for you guys. Can't wait to meet you soon!! TWO WEEKS from today I arrive!! I know life will be crazy busy for you then... but I'll take whatever time I can get with you before you leave.

Thanks for blogging!!

Dianne on

Hey friend! So glad to get caught up on my Jennifer reading. I was behind. But now know everything that is going on. Super exciting about the baby and little boy. How precious.

Have you been there a year already? I can't believe it. Are you guys moving back to this area? I can't wait until you take all you have learned there and then use it to change lives on the fertile mission field of America. There are so many here who have lost all hope, who are caught in traps of their own invention. They desperately need Jesus. I prayed for a man last night who asked me for money. Prayers, money, and a hug in the drink section of Quik Trip. That's all I could offer him but I know God has such a plan and the beginning of his life change started then!!!!

Love you and can't wait to see you. I want to reconnect and be a part of each other's lives!

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