Family Blog by Mike Farho

Friday, December 30, 2005

We said goodbye to John, Sarah, and John Porter

We took them to the airport this evening. Tomorrow they will be home in USA. It was a fun week with them. We even went to the beach with them for a few hours today! We are praying for their safe flights to Paris, Chicago and Jackson, MS.

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2005

Joshua Farho

Merry Christmas

It was a busy day together. One of Joshua's baby chickens died during the night. We were off to church early at 7:30 a.m. When we got back home at around 11:00 a.m., we started more cooking for lunch. We invited some of our Lebanese friends to share lunch with us. Philippe and George were both with us until about 3 p.m.

We had our family Christmas at about 6 p.m. First we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus. Then we each shared some sort of devotional or some Bible verses. Sue led us with her guitar, singing some favorite carols, like Away in a Manger. Then Joshua passed out all the presents. Each of us opened one present at a time.

We finished with our gifts at about 8:30. Then we had a little snack and each of us shared what we wanted to give Jesus for His birthday. We finished by praying around the table.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

John Farho

John and Sarah arrived a little late in Abidjan.

They came through the airport really fast and were ready to get started in Abidjan. We made a quick stop on the way home for some bottled water. They were both pretty worn out so they went to bed around 11 p.m. It was great to see John again. Sarah is real nice. We enjoyed meeting her.

Friday, December 23, 2005

John was able to find a ride to the bus stop.

Someone was praying and God answered! John was sure glad. We talked to him before he and Sarah got on their flight to Paris and on to Abidjan. They were at the Waffle House having a brunch. Tomorrow at this time we will be having Christmas together.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

John will have to carry all his bags and backpack one mile

That is the distance from his barracks to the pick-up point for soldiers leaving the camp. John's bus leaves for Jackson, Mississippi at 3 a.m. He said he will just carry the 100 or more pounds the whole way. Guess we shouldn't have sent a trunk for him to bring out for us. It includes our Arabic study books, tennis shoes and many other small items that we really need.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

John is coming to Abidjan for Christmas

John Farho Photo

Our 20 year old son John is coming to Abidjan to celebrate Christmas with us. He arrives on Dec. 24 at around 7 pm and leaves on Dec. 30. Dear Father, protect John as he flies out. Give us a great Christmas, before his March deployment to Iraq.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Joshua has six chickens

George came by to give Joshua some chickens. They are one day old. They are so cute! Josh held two of them and was amazed how small and soft they are. We will see who ends up taking care of them. Hopefully Josh will learn to be a good chicken farmer. We will give them to our African friends when they get a little bigger.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Madrigal Court Jester

What's a Madrigal dinner?

I had no idea, but it was a lot of fun. Dakar Academy (DA) celebrated Christmas this way tonight. There were nearly 400 people present. We ate at huge long tables. I think there were eight of them. There were also some small tables for special reasons.

Students were dressed up in outfit from the days of King Henry VIII, who died: 28 January 1547. There was even a court jester making his way around the tables. Special groups sang Christmas songs and played instruments. There were two hand bell choirs and several different singing groups.

Josh had a great time. He prayed that they would serve chicken. Sure enough they did. He also prayed for brownies and got chocolate cake with white frosting that was quite delicious.

It was really a fun time celebrating the birth of Christ Jesus in a unique fashion.

After Josh went to bed, at almost 10 PM, we called John to see how he is doing. He turns 20 on Dec. 12. He is in the field with the Army. I wasn't able to get him on the phone, so I left him a message.

madrigal n.

    1. A song for two or three unaccompanied voices, developed in Italy in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.
    2. A short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music.
    1. A polyphonic song using a vernacular text and written for four to six voices, developed in Italy in the 16th century and popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
    2. A part song.

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