So Many Decisions
We have now set the record for the most consecutive days in our home. It feels good to start setting up life here. Yet as we begin to set up life, we see all the decisions surrounding us and the the wisdom we lack to make those decisions. Imagine if every activity of your life were wiped away and you had to restructure your life. That is what we face and we want to make wise decisions as to how we fill and use our time. We have to make decisions about our language sessions, daily life, ministry, interactions with our host family and so much more. Each decision we make, we make alongside our host family, which adds a level of additional complexity. We want to be involved and active in our church and in African life, but we are not limited in the opportunities that surround us, so we need wisdom in choosing the most effective ways to be involved.
Life continues to throw adjustments our way. Some of the things we have been working on adjusting to recently have been:
- When people visit, they decide when they leave not us, no matter what we had planned to accomplish during that time.
- At times we feel like fish in a fish tank. It seems like there are always people around watching how we live.
- There is no official price to anything, the question is just how much can we afford to pay
There are a few ways that God has really blessed us recently. One is our water tank which continues to fill up each night. We still have a lot of work ahead of us to get our tank connected to our water system and actually have running water. Yet at the moment we are just grateful for a full tank and the peace of mind that if the water doesn’t turn on one night, we will still have water the next day. Our water tank would easily last us 5 days of water use and we could stretch it to last more like 10 if we needed to. That is very reassuring.
We are also praising God for the provision of a language helper. We start sessions next Wednesday. We are so excited to begin language sessions again, because language is vital to our ministry. We are praying that the transition to a new helper will go smoothly and that we will continue to make quick progress in language!
Linda Wennermark says
So encouraging see life and home coming together for you. I love seeing the pictures of the boys and the good times they are having. So important for all of you. Praying for strength and encouragement for each day–one day at a time!!
We continue to rejoice that God has supplied water for you – and now for days at a time! I am glad you got some time away as a family. Thanks so much for the regular updates/pictures. It is so much easier to pray for you regularly when I have pictures of where you are and hear regularly about how you are, what we can praise God for, and what you need prayer for.
Barb. Griffin says
Relaxing and family are 2 very important things. I’m glad your able to have both. Love the pictures of Joel and the boys playing and reading together. When you can’t help someone you can smile. You make me smile with your post, Thank you
Carolyn Gaupo says
Again I’m blessed by your post. Thank-you. I’ll look forward to your next posting. It is always wonderful to see how God is using you in this new life you are making for yourselves. Carolyn
The smiles. So nice to see. God is right there. Smiling, too.
Jane Van Ryn says
You continue to amaze us–you share so openly and are so transparent about “life”. Thanks for sharing your heart. We think of & pray for you often. May the Lord continue to lead & guide you every day & give you all the patience you need along the way.
Jane & Bud
Carolyn Powell says
Thank you for sharing your life with us. Praying that God will give you wisdom to deal with the challenges of life there. He can do it!
Thank you for serving Jesus. We are behind you holding you up in prayer.
I so enjoy the pictures.
Mike Pinkerton says
It was so good to see Joel laughing!! Taking a break is one of the very wise things you do. Very encouraging post. I am anxious to see what the Lord has in store for you.