|Nina Lanctot and Deborah Kankolongo quilting on the 2013 CCC Auction quilt, Silverwood Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN|
|Mama Felly, Papa Francois, Deborah, Nelson and guest in Kinshasa.|
|Rev. Komuesa (president CemCo), Rev, Biracara (vice president), Nancy Myers, June Mears Driedger, Pastor Francois Tshidimu (our host), Pastor Azir (our translator).|
|Gaston Nkole and MarieJeanne Mujingo at Menno Hof (2009)|
|Congolese Mennonite Centennial (2012)|
Yes! At 7 pm Arsene, now another new son the same age as my second, came beaming into the front door. Debo, unsure of just what to do, finally flung herself into his arms! And oh, my, the chatter we heard as they ate dinner in the next room was worth every second of waiting! French, Lingala, Tchiluba, laughter, and deep groans of satisfaction danced through the air. After dinner, Arsene proved to be his father’s son with hours of great theological reflection about church in Congo, Toronto and the US. We wore Debo out.
|Henry and Sara Braun, Deborah Kankolongo, Rachel Lanctot, Vic Myers, Arsene Tshidimu|
Our MCC Baby has arrived, and she is beautiful. She was born yesterday
morning by c-section and weighs 3.5 kg, about 7 pounds. Her little face is
that perfect mix of pink and brown. She has lots of soft, dark hair.
I think her name is going to be Jenova (pronounced with a soft J and equal
emphasis on each syllable), which is a shortened form of "Jésus notre
faveur" = Jesus our favor. Her "little" name will be Favi ("faveur de Dieu"
-- I don't know if we would say "God's favor" or "favored by God." But in
any case they feel strongly that God has given them a great favor and/or has
favored them with this child.
|"Leya's Comfoter," designed by Christine Nofsinger, pictured here with David Wenger.|