Life in our village is quite draining. For example, the constant lack of privacy, the never ending demands from fellow villagers, the continuous challenges in language learning, and the frequent disappointments through corruption and dishonesty. All that brought us to a point where I for myself only wanted to get out of there (Africa).
I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has experienced such difficulties before. But that is not a reason to give up. However, taking a break and looking at those challenges from another angle can help and it already did.
In the picture above we are taking the canoe across the river. The canoe was packed with our two taxi drivers and their motorbikes. We had left the village to go to Ivory Coast, on our way to Germany. In Ivory Coast we wanted to visit our co-worker and learn from her how we can be more involved with the Bible translation.
By now our time in Germany is almost up and we are packing up to return to Liberia. Are all the problems going to be gone when we go back? Surely not, but we have found new strength to tackle the next stretch. And I learned one other thing that will make a difference from now on: not to let disappointments through people fester in my life anymore, but to bring them to God and forgive the people who have wronged me.