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Aunt Lisa

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  Chris’ sister Lisa visited us for a week in August.  It was kind of a surprise visit because she found out just 3 weeks before her arrival that she would be able to come.  It was a real blessing to have her here (and not just because she brought 100 corn tortillas with her.)  We had so much fun.  After she adjusted to the heat we visited manu parts of the island including Salamis, Aphrodite’s Rock, Ayia Napa and Polis. 

We met the Shook family at Salamis.  Karsyn Shook  is Cami’s best friend.  Karsyn was also in the States visiting family so we thought it would be fun for the families to do something together.  It was unbelievable hot there.

We stopped by Aphrodite’s Rock on the way to Polis.  It is said that this is the exact spot where Aphrodite was born from the sea.

In Polis, we visited a student friend from India.  He cooks at an Indian restaurnat there.  The owner of the restaurant is a very nice English lady who allowed us to take a ride on one of her boats at no charge.  It was quite an unexpected treat.  We all agreed that the area around Polis must be what they show in the promo ads for Cyprus.  It was really beautiful.  On our way home we stopped to encourage another student that was working in a restaurant in a small village near Paphos.

DeAnn and Lisa went clubbing in Ayia Napa (sorry no pictures) with a coupe of friends and had a great time.  The whole family went to Ikea to enjoy the a/c and cheap food.  We also  had friends over and grilled on our patio.

I think Lisa had a good time.  We miss her a lot. Check out the pix on flickr.

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Salamis

“The two of them (Paul and Barnabas), sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there to Cyprus.  When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.  John was with them as there helper.” Acts 13:4,5

I(DeAnn) just posted the pics from our trip to Salamis on flickr.  We went there on the same day we went to Famagusta. I have to say that of all the places I’ve been so far on Cyprus, Salamis is my favorite.  I couldn’t get over the fact that Paul had preached the Gospel there.  It is so uncommercialized and practically empty that it was possible to imagine what it was like almost 2000 years ago.  Please go here and read more about it.  It has an interesting history.

Famagusta

I’m very behind in posts right now.  Katie’s (the Bethel intern) last couple of weeks here were quite busy.  I put some pictures of our trip to Famagusta on flickr.  The city is filled with ruins from it heyday from the end of the 12th century through the 16th century.  The city was sacked by the Ottomans in 1571.  That’s why the churches are either in ruins or have been converted into mosques.  You can read more about Famagusta here.

Saturday Soccer

Saturday Soccer has come to a close for the season and will start again in the fall.  This year Colson and Cali were both on the Red Team.  They had a losing season and some trouble along the way.  They made it throught though and will live to play another day.  Colson won the “Most Valuable Player” award for his team.

Guides

One of the things I(DeAnn) do but haven’t written about here is Guides, which is the British version of Girl Scouts. I’ve been volunteering there every Wednesday for the entire school year.  Always short of helpers, Kath, the Anglican Dean’s wife asked me if I would volunteer to just at least be there so they would have enough adults present to hold the meetings.  So I said I could do that. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect.  These girls are from the wealthier British ex-pat community and I hadn’t had any experience with them.  But girls are girls all over the world.  And these are no exception.  They have hopes, dreams, struggles, and self-esteem issues.  As I was helping with a craft or activity I found that my main job every week was just to listen.  They needed to tell someone about what was going on at school, with friends, etc.  I have really enjoyed getting to know these girls and will continue to work with them next year.

Last week was the final meeting until school starts in the fall.  The girls decided they wanted to have a Mexican party.  I made refried beans and Mexican rice and helped the girls make a pinata.  They had never heard of a pinata before.  We made one out of paper mache’ and the girls decorated it.  Check out the photos on flickr of the fun. 

 

Cami’s 6th Grade Graduation

At the kids’ school they have a promotion ceremony when the students move from the primary school to the secondary school.  So last Friday night Cami was officially promoted from 6th grade into 7th (or 1st prep as they call it here.)  The program was very nice.  Chris put together a power point slide presentation of pictures of the students.  Because of the transitory nature of life here there was only one student out her class of 18 that had started at the school in 1st grade.  Cami was at the school for a year and half.  She actually went to this school longer than any other school in her 7 years of formal education.  (She was at the Reit im Winkl school junst one month less.)  She is an amazing kid and has developed great skill at adapting to new situations.  We are very thankful that she will be able to attend the same school next year.

Check out some pictures on flickr.

Colson’s Birthday

Last week we celebrated Colson’s birthday with a trip to the water park.  He invited two of his best friends, Jack and Marcus, to go with us.  It was a super day.  It wasn’t too hot or too windy  and the lines for each slide were short.