16
May

Blackout

Written by Joel Hayslip. Posted in Life in Africa

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be without your phone, internet, to be unable to communicate with friends or family?  Did you think “ah, it would be nice just to have a week-end without all the gadgets”?  Well, after a weekend of complete communication blackout, I can tell you that it was a mixed bag.  It was kinda nice that I had an excellent excuse to put off those daggum reports and watch “Gulliver’s Travels” (We all liked the last scene where the giants were dancing to “War – what is it good for”.)

But after a month of insecurity, it made us feel a bit vulnerable to be unable to know what was happening in the country (no internet).  Of course it didn’t help that it came as a complete surprise and that there were rumors spreading about the reasons.  But in the end, everything came out fine – it was a major cable that was cut by a boat anchor and it is getting fixed.  So we’re back online, at least for now.

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Comments (6)

  • Danika
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am |

    Seems everyone is glad to have their power back. Glad to know you're well :) See you soon!

  • Karen
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am |

    You didn't mention that when we "talked" today – well, kind of talked. It was talk….breaking up…..delay….."did you hear me?" type of conversation!

  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am |

    lol any excuse to put off those reports :)

  • Joel
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am |

    I know that's the truth!

  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am |

    glad to hear that you're ok though!

  • Karen
    May 16, 2011 at 12:00 am |

    You didn't mention that when we "talked" today – well, kind of talked. It was talk….breakin​g up…..delay…​.."did you hear me?" type of conversation!

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  • Veda Byers

    January 21, 2015 |

    Dear Joel an Heidi,
    Enjoyed the video and seeing the work that you are doing there in Burkino Faso. The children are so wonderful to see in their everyday life. Their smiles are infectious. Andrea is preparing to come and excited about the trip and the team from Newspring that she will be working with. Bless you both and your boys for being there and sharing the Love of God! We love you! Veda and the whole Byers Family :)

  • Chris Palermo

    January 14, 2015 |

    Was praying for your family and ministry this morning. Was moved by the video ..the responce of the children to the gifts and the love you are showing them. Your good looking boys have grown so much since I saw them last at Bethel San Jose. God continue to bless and use you.

  • Chuck Fanning

    February 8, 2013 |

    Reading about your work is very exciting, I thank God we can be a small part. May the God we serve do”exceedingly abuntantly” more than we ask or imagine according to His great power that works in us!!

  • Bob Hayslip

    September 12, 2012 |

    I “amen” what Tammy shared! When you chart it out you can see the way that the Lord took a small seed and caused it to grow. Only the Father knows what is in store as you keep sowing faithfully. That 1,000,000 child mark by 2020 may have been a little pessimistic! We’ll keep praying for you guys and for full-blown revival in Burkina. – Dad

  • Tammy Sheets

    September 10, 2012 |

    This is so exciting to see your faithfulness year after year to reach out in the name of Jesus to the children in Burkina Faso!

    It is truly the LORD at work to keep growing the seed planting opportunities and to partner up with OCC – this Saturday (Sept. 15th) in St. Joseph, MO there will be a local “Count Down Event” to share with area churches and groups with sharing this type of testimony – which will really encourage them to pack more shoeboxes – to touch more children to hear the gospel! please join me to pray for this special event!
    keep on blessing those around you – a little bit of love goes a long long way =D

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