About Us

We are:

Chris…a Michigander born and raised, husband, father, missionary.

Christie…a Floridian born and raised, wife, mother, missionary.

Judah…an adventurous boy who has spent more of his life in Nigeria than anywhere else.

Jovelle…a toddler born in Orlando but with lots of “homes.”

In 2009, we moved to Nigeria from our home in Orlando, Florida to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  There are more than 300 languages in this country that still do not have a single verse of God’s Word, so we were compelled by God to pack up our family and move to Jos, Nigeria.

Why in the world would we do such a thing?  Why live in a city that has been making international news of late due to outbreaks of violence…with intermittent (at best) power, water and fuel shortages, sketchy Internet…thousands of miles away from our friends and family?  Because the impact of God’s Word on an individual’s life has a transforming power, and for millions of people in Africa’s most populous nation, it is simply not accessible.  Plus, God told us to go, so it would have been wrong NOT to move here!

How do we cope with the challenges of life here?  How do we celebrate the joys?  Well…read on, because that’s exactly what we hope to share with you through this blog.

7 thoughts on “About Us

  1. I think maybe the chimps don’t like the small cages and have found out a way to strike back.
    Sounds like you are having the time of your life.

  2. I had such a blast tonight reading through your blog. I was cleaning out and deleting websites that no longer work, and well, your’s is quite up-to-date and really nicely written.

    Anyway, I found the following particularly funny:

    “Note: NEPA refers to the national power company (which people disdainfully say is an acronym for “Never Expect Power Anytime”). Its name has technically changed to PHCN, which people joke stands for “Problem Has Changed Names.”

    Amen to that …

    from Addis … diana

    • Thanks, Diana! And thanks for the tips about cooking things. We’ll check it out. Sometimes it’s nice to have the convenience of ready made stuff in the U.S., but you’re right — we can make some of the stuff here! 🙂 Thanks for thinking of us.

  3. Hi there … need to change email addresses … so that’s what I’m doing … didn’t want to leave you a post to say that, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, the system insisted 🙂

  4. Hi Christie,

    First of all, thank you for leaving a comment on my blog (http://byhelengullett.blogspot.com/). I am so thankful to know you and got to meet you through Cynthia’s scrapbooking blog.
    And it’s awesome to know that you and your family also serving with WBT! Awesome! We are in the process of membership now, and will be going to the EQUIP in April 2012, in Orlando HQ. So excited.

    I have another website too if you would like to know more about me, family and what we are doing 🙂 The bloodspot one is only for my scrappy stuff 😀

    Thank you for stopping by!!! Can’t wait to read more of your blog posts from Nigeria!

  5. Its good to know there are still good people God would send to my country and they would come despite all the negative stories. Thanks for coming and doing the work God has assigned you to do. God bless you real good and protect you and your family. liked your post about driving in Nigeria though, it was very hilarious.

    • Thanks so much for the encouraging comment and replying! We are grateful and humbled that God would allow us to be here, and we really appreciate you taking the time to comment. 🙂

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