Saturday, March 6, 2010

Joshua's First Violin Lesson

 Joshua, playing his violin for the first time.

It was fun to go for his lesson. A family has a music school in their home. The three year old was quite entertaining, while his mom was on Skype and his dad was teaching Joshua. When the Dad was playing Joshua's violin, Josh said, "I like the Russian violin music the best." On the way home, he said, "Dad, tell everybody I was smiling and skipping my way home from my first violin lesson!"

Heavenly Father, use these new classes as an opportunity for Joshua, Mike and Sue to be Salt and Light in Tunisia. Give Joshua a fun time at his new karate class tomorrow.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Teachers

Because you prayed, we found three new teachers this morning! We're thrilled to find these people to teach Joshua Violin, Karate and Arabic. What a combination! After Joshua's run-in with a group of bullies yesterday, he sees his need to get back in shape. He is also excited about learning to play violin. He learned, after we bought his violin, that his best friend also plays one. All three of us are excited to start our new Arabic study program next week.

Heavenly Father, Thank You for answering our prayers for these new teachers. Give Mike, Sue and Joshua ALL the gifts they need to learn ALL their new lessons.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy 12th Birthday, Joshua!

Joshua at Auqua Palace last summer
It is fun for Joshua that he has his birthday on Wednesday, since that is Awana Club day. He will get to share cake, that mom is baking right now, with about 40 people. It will be fun. Once again we will rent a Renault car to drive up to Tunis. Since we don't have our permanent resident visa yet, we don't want to invest a lot of money in a car. Yesterday, I went alone by the train to Tunis. For more than two people, it is cheaper to rent a car.

Heavenly Father, thank You for reliable trains and rental cars in Tunisia. Keep the Farhos safe as they travel each week. Help them to get their resident visas soon.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sousse Catacombs

Today, Joshua and I went on a field trip to the Good Shepherd Catacombs. From some time after 70 AD until 312 AD, it was the graveyard for the Christians in Sousse. It is estimated that over 15,000 Christians are buried there. We're sure grateful those days are over. We are also grateful for the beautiful sanctuary where we worship each Sunday. You can see photos at our new website and at Facebook even if you aren't a member!

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the martyrs who gave their lives for their faith in Jesus. Encourage us to love You more than our earthly lives.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

106F today in Sousse

We will apply for our visa in two weeks. We're grateful for the opportunity to reach the world here in Sousse. Joshua had a great two weeks, with kids from Tunis. You can see photos of our recent adventures at our Farho family blog.

We added a facebook page this week for the Sousse Church. It has a few photos of our church. We are amazed how calm it is here for Ramadan, with few cars on the roads 24 hours a day. It is nothing like Abidjan.

Heavenly Father, smooth the process for the Farho's visa. Continue to bless the Sousse Church with good attendance. Protect the people of Sousse as they fast from food and water during daylight hours.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Jellyfish and Tunisians

Jellyfish photo at wikipedia.orgWe had a fun evening, after work at the beach, with 3 Tunisian families. They only spoke Arabic, but we enjoyed being together. Sue and I were tired and wondering how we could get Joshua to go home before it got too dark. Then he left the other kids and came out of the sea. A jellyfish stung him and the 3 year old girl. So we walked to the pharmacy and home. The pharmacist said, "You don't need medicine. Just soak it in hot water for 15 min!" Joshua just went to bed and can't remember which leg was stung!
Thank You Heavenly Father for the Farho's neighborhood friends and honest pharmacist. As Muslims around the world prepare for their 30 days of Ramadan fasting, open their hearts to their Christian neighbors.
See a jellyfish, two sharks and a praying mantis at our Farho family blog.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mike's Birthday

Mike's Montana Birthday Brownie
With a week like this, I'm going to have to start going to the gym again. Family and friends keep inviting us out to celebrate my 53rd birthday. We had a little excitement as the tornado sirens blasted and the hail fell yesterday. Joshua forced his mom to take him home and invited the neighbor in our hallway to seek shelter in our apartment. Great kid! This weekend we'll be speaking at two churches in the Lincoln area.

Heavenly Father, thank You for protecting the Farhos in the storm yesterday. Bless Joshua as he is a blessing to strangers.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Farho Family Update

We are grateful that the Internet allows us close contacts with our friends and family. We are able to visit with John frequently. He is doing well. His shoulder is becoming stronger and more flexible each day. Joshua is doing well at homeschool. He seems more mature each day, even adding body hair and odors! Sue is grateful that her migraines are becoming rare. The ringing in my ears continues, but the pain I had in my feet is now gone.

Your prayers are needed, as we will be on the road for the next six weeks. We hope to send you weekly updates, but don't know if it will be possible. If you don't get updates from us, you might still find news from us at our blogs:

Heavenly Father, we ask You again to heal this ringing in Mike's ears. Help him to hear clearly, to facilitate his learning of Arabic. Keep the Farhos safe and healthy during their six weeks away from home.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The curse of Malaria

Every 30 seconds a child under 5 dies of Malaria in Africa. Malaria in Cote d'Ivoire is increasingly caused by the chloroquine-resistant Malaria parasite. It kills 63,000 children under the age of 5 a year here. That's more than 7 small children every hour in Cote d'Ivoire. Adults are also killed by Malaria.

We're grateful for your prayers for Joshua. He is doing very well. Please pray for Joshua's African French language tutor, Gerard. He is sick now with Malaria. When we visited the maternity section of the main Ivorian hospital in Abidjan last May, the doctors thanked God for President Bush. They said many lives have been saved here because of the USA gift of free vaccines and medications for pregnant women and children under 5 years old.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for being our Healer. Thank You for healing Joshua's Malaria and John's shoulder. Please heal Gerard and strengthen all three of them.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Joshua Malaria update

Joshua slept well last night. The very strong medication and your even stronger prayers are healing him. He had some headache all day, but is sleeping now. I woke him up and gave him his last pill at midnight GMT last night.

He's doing OK at home school this morning. Now he'll need a couple days in the house to recover. That will be torture for him. We might have a friend come over to play Legos with him.

Thanks for taking the time to pray for Joshua! We praise God for you!

Send us your questions advice, comments or prayer requests!

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Pray for Joshua. He has Malaria

Please pray for Joshua. He has Malaria. We gave him a treatment right away. We're trusting in God to heal him. More than seven young children die every hour of Malaria in Cote d'Ivoire.

Heavenly Father, we trust You to heal Joshua and take away his severe headache and nausea. Help him to get back on his feet again. In Jesus name. Amen!

Send us your questions advice, comments or prayer requests!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wonderful news and sad news

So many important things have happened. We want to share them all: Radwan's wife is pregnant, Pastor John's new baby died, Nassif's Malaria, a Lebanese wedding, John's promotion to sergeant, Joshua's blue belt, and more! You'll have to click on links to get more information.

The greatest news came during the surprise phone call this afternoon from Pastor Gavin at Christ Community Church (CCC) Omaha. He called to let us know that the team completed their fund raising for their recent ministry with us. All the funds we needed for the orphanage supplies and Modeste Church School came in! In addition, the CCC College 8:08 group is partnering with the Modeste Bambara Church for their future facility construction plans. They will focus on raising funds for this project this fall.

Heavenly Father, we thank You for this sad and wonderful news. As our Lebanese sister Hyame says, "Everything that comes from God is good." Help us to see Your love in everything!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

John and Joshua Baptized

What a joy it was to baptize our two sons, John and Joshua, on Friday May 30th. We had planned to have the celebration at the ocean on my 31st spiritual birthday, May 29th. It was a very rainy and cold day. Check out the photos at our family blog.

Team photo
We had a great two weeks with the work team from Christ Community Church in Omaha. Visit their blog to see photos about their daily adventures and work.

Heavenly Father, thank You for leading John and Joshua to follow You in obedience to be baptized. Give them much fruit in their lives for You. Guide and bless the Christ Community Church college students as they share their ministry in Cote d'Ivoire.

Send us your questions advice, comments or prayer requests!

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