December 2014

Swimming Pool in Abuja with our friends
Swimming Pool in Abuja with our friends

We are all set for our journey back to the USA. We completed the 10-hour drive from our house to the capital city, Abuja. We’ve stayed at our friends’ house for a few days and we fly out tomorrow. Yesterday we took the children to a swimming pool at a nearby hotel. Christmas-time weather in Abuja is kind of like that of Long Island in early September. We’ll experience quite the contrast when we land in NJ tomorrow.

Our students and staff who left for outreach at the end of November
Our students and staff who left for outreach at the end of November

After we arrive, we’ll attend our church on Long Island on Sunday. On Tuesday, we’ll pick up Hannah from College in Iowa. And by Thursday next week, we’ll be with Eric’s parents in Colorado. Then we’ll backtrack to Kansas to spend the New Year’s with Cindy’s family.

 

Below is our tentative itinerary for the next months. We are still in the process of contacting all of our family and friends along the way. We would love to share about our experiences and future plans in Billiri, Nigeria. Sunday mornings and Wednesday night church services are excellent opportunities for us to share. But another of our favorite activities is to have informal evening meetings with your fellow church members and friends who have interest in missions. These can usually be scheduled to avoid conflicts with other church activities.

Roadside stop on our way to Abuja (Caleb helped with the antlers)
Roadside stop on our way to Abuja (Caleb helped with the antlers)

December: Long Island, Colorado, and Kansas

January: Kansas and Texas
February: California, Oregon, and Seattle

March: Seattle to the Great Lakes region (with possible stops in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri)
April 1-23: Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois

April 24 – May 11: Chicago to Tennessee to Florida and then up the east coast

Around May 12: Back to Long Island

Our church raised money for a screened-in porch at the back of our house. There are more pictures below.
Our church raised money for a screened-in porch at the back of our house. There are more pictures below.

We’ll stay around Long Island until July, with the exception of a couple excursions to nearby regions along the East Coast.

 

See Ya Soon!!!

The Blacks

Some more pictures (click on them to see them enlarged with captions)