Monday, September 17, 2007

Christina's Family

My parents are Carol and Mickey Berberian. They were both born in Los Angeles and grew up in Hollywood. My mom's dad was a youth pastor at Hollywood Presbyterian Church when my dad interened for him. This is how my parents met. They were married in 1972. When I was almost five we moved to Seattle and my dad became the pastor of Elim Baptist Church. He is still there today and our family has enjoyed over 20 years living next door to the church. I love my whole family so much. My parents were always available and welcomed our friends into our home. They are fun and funny and they show how much they love God in everything that they do. My sister Ann is four years younger than me. Ann worked with refugees until she and her husband Mike had Magdalena. Mike is a high school math teacher in Seattle. Ann is compassionate and thoughtful. Mike has a great sense of humor and makes sure everyone is included. Magdalena is fearless and sweet and has named herself Mia. My brother Peter is two years younger than Ann. He is married to Sunny. Peter is in medical school and Sunny is a social worker. Peter loves Mozambique and has been visiting there since he was in high school. Peter looks out for everyone. Sunny is hard working and friendly. Everyone in my family has been so supportive of my life with Victor in Mozambique. They love Victor and his work with the kids. We hope and pray that they will be able to visit us in Nampula as much as possible.

This picture was taken in Seattle in September 2007. From left to right: My mom, Ann, my dad, Sunny, Peter, me, Mike, and Magdalena.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Victor's Family

Victor's parents are Carlos and Ana Amelia Mocala. His siblings in age order are Madalena, Charles, (Victor), Estefano, Carmina, Miqueias and Heliane (twins), and Artimiza. Victor's parents were both born in Murrupula, a village 80 kilometers east of Nampula. They moved to the city after getting married. They were church planters during the 16-year civil war and survived many trips into the jungles and villages during the worst fighting. Victor's parents are pillars in the Christian community in Nampula province. People seek comfort and guidance from them when they are at their lowest point. Madalena is married to Lazaro who is also a pastor. They live in Cuamba in Niassa Province. Madalena is hospitable and loving. Lazaro is jolly and strong. They welcome visitors in their home and everyone is well rested after staying with them. Charles is married to Estalinda and they have a baby named Vana. Charles works for his uncle's construction company and helps the orphanage with building, maintainance, wiring, and many other things. Charles is loyal and Estalinda is sweet. Vana is loved by all the children in the orphanage who love when she visits. Estefano is an information technology student at a university in Pemba in Cabo Delgado province. He is gifted in computer understanding and he is fluent in English. Estefano is delightful and fun. He has many aspirations that we know he will meet. He helps the orphanage with every computer and technological need. Carmina is currently working for an NGO in the jungle. She has a witty personality and she knows how to take care of others. Her daughter Milena loves her grandparents and is also very popular at the orphanage. Her relationship with Victor's dad reminds me of Magdalena's relationship with my dad. Miqueias attends a school for agriculture in Nacala on the coast. He is quiet and smart and easy to talk to. Heliane completed her schooling and training to be an accountant. She badly wants to attend college but doesn't have funding to do so. Heliane is one of the most friendly and hospitable people you will ever meet. She's not afraid to try new things and she loves people. Artimiza is almost finished with high school. She wants to travel and to be a journalist. Artimiza works with kids, treasures friendships and is dedicated in whatever she does. Victor loves his family very much and I love them too. They will do whatever it takes to help each other in times of need. They are loving and hospitable and have treated me like their own daughter and sister.

In the photo above: Back: Miqueias, Victor's dad, Victor's mom, Heliane, and Carmina. Front: Charles, Victor, Estefano, and Artimiza.
Photos to the left (from left to right): Madalena and Lazaro; Milena; Estalinda and Vana