Bobbie's Blog

Snapshot #9 January 16, 2022

Can you find the one crying child? It was an exciting day when the Madina Village School Preschoolers got their new bed nets to sleep under. These treated mosquito nets are very successful in reducing the number of students who get malaria from mosquitoes. But somebody got left out, and she’s not happy about it.…

Sunday Snapshot #8
Merry Christmas

His flights are over!  Francis is back in Fort Wayne, sleeping off the jetlag.  But that would make a boring picture, so here’s one from last week, before he left our little blue house in Madina.  We can use the same title:  His flights are over.  The hunter became the hunted, as Francis proved he can still protect the dwindling…

Sunday Snapshot #7
Container Arrival

The 40-foot container finally arrived at Madina Village School.  Francis cancelled his flight and stayed behind to see it all safely stored until the Health Center is finished. Many thanks to our partner S.O.S. (Supplies Over Seas) of Louisville, Kentucky, for all the supplies and equipment!  Many hands lined up in a “bucket brigade” make light work…

Sunday Snapshot #6
Over the Ocean, Between Two Worlds

What a modern privilege it is to be at home in two places in the world.  How wrenching it is to always be saying goodbye, and readapting to the other side. (picture above is Bobbie and Zainab, the Madina Village School Head Cook) Wish we could just zap back and forth with a portal like…

Sunday Snapshot #5
Mind, Body, Spirit

. Guest Blogger Joanne Cearbaugh Madina Village School nourishes the minds of 440 preK-Class Six students who attend every day. They are getting a fantastic education!! It’s been my delight to partner in that instruction with interactive English lessons the last few weeks. I’ve come to realize, while participating in school activities, that the bodies…

Sunday Snapshot #4

.   “How Sweet to Hold a New Born Baby…” (from Because He Lives, by the Gaithers). What a blessed child baby Bobbie Esther is, not by wealth or privilege, but by being born to a couple who truly love God and love each other and will bring her up within the loving community of their…

Sunday Snapshot #3

Do you believe in ghosts?  Is a graveyard a scary place for you? This snapshot was taken in the center of Madina village.  Francis is sitting on the edge of his father’s grave.  His father, Pa Sam Koiva Mustapha, was also called Sam Madina because he was the founder of the village.  That’s why he is buried in the…

Sunday Snapshot #2

In 2011, plans for Madina Village School were only on Francis Mustapha’s heart, not visible to everyone else. Even he could not picture then what has become reality now. As he says, “God seems to be dealing with me on a need-to-know basis!”God’s plans have been so much bigger than ours! Here’s a 2013 picture…

Sunday Snapshot #1

The saying ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ is only true if you know what you are seeing in the picture.Today I’m starting a blog that will bring you one snapshot a week and add a few words to explain it. I (Bobbie Mustapha) am living very close to Madina Village School (with my…

Blog by Bobbie Mustapha

Welcome to Bobbie's blog and her Sunday Snapshots! Bobbie Mustapha, Board Secretary of MVS, is a retired teacher specializing in Reading and Early Childhood Education.  She lives with Francis Mustapha in Sierra Leone for several months of each year.  She leads teacher training and school development at MVS and organizes the sponsorship program.