Ice on the ground… dressed in extremely non-floridian attire… please tell me Hosanna is drinking hot chocolate from her ice cream cone! As you know, Matt, Gayle, Ezra, Thea, and Hosanna are residing in Canada, picking up a little French dressing for their salads… no, no, they are learning the language in preparation for their trip to Senegal! I couldn’t resist re-posting this wonderful story. Hosanna rocks!
I pick Hosanna up everyday from pre-school. It is about a fifteen minute ride home from her school and that serves as our little “Daddy – daughter” time to ourselves. On occasion, unknown to the rest of the family, we stop and get a candy bar or some other treat. But the one thing that we always do, between our conversations about her day, is listen to French pop music on the way home. Usually really loud. It’s just fun and safe since neither of us know what they are saying.
We have always sought to keep our children informed as to what God is doing in our lives as His direction for us directly impacts them. We also firmly believe that God has not called two parents to Senegal, but has called a family to go there and serve Him. So we often talk about God’s purposes for us as a family. We always try to keep the kids in the loop.
About a month or so ago, as Hosanna and I were driving home from her school, I wanted to do a bit of a check-up and make sure that she was processing the transition to Canada and all that was going on in our lives. I wanted to remind her that we are in Canada for a purpose: to learn French so that we can be equipped to serve the peoples of southern Senegal.
So between bad French pop songs I asked her a simple question: “Hosanna, do know why we’re here? Do you know why we moved to Canada?” She paused for a moment and then said, “Oh yea Dad. We are here so that we can watch French television. Could you please turn up the radio, I really love this song?” Life with Hosanna is never boring! - Matt Boyd
Matt and Gayle have some really great stuff at their site, All Senegal for Christ. Please take a moment to visit and prayerfully consider being an active partner with them as they prepare to be the vessels that will carry the good news of Jesus Christ into Senegal, Africa. Thanks, friends.