The Exhaustion of Progresss
This past week we felt the exhaustion of our past month, but it was a good kind of exhaustion because we could also look back and see the progress we have made this month. We are becoming very close to our host family and have been learning so much from them. Each week I cook once with Cecil and this week I could see a significant difference: I was understanding her a lot more, she was sharing a lot more and she was trusting me to be involved more in the cooking process. Our French is progressing, our comfort in living in progressing and our relationships are progressing. It was a good feeling to see how far we have come, but it doesn’t take away the exhaustion that we still faced. The type of exhaustion that was making living in a sane state of mind very difficult. Yet God knew we would have this need. A while back we set up monthly trips into Dakar to touch base with all those in language school. However, as we left for this trip, I realized how much WE needed this trip, and I know that when we planned it God already knew. It will be a long time until church in Africa is a day of rest for us, but we still need to take that time of rest. So God created for a us a great opportunity to support the families who have arrived after us, but also to get a needed break. God sure does take good care of us.
So what is so Exciting about Dakar for us?
- A break from French – We still have to use it to get around, but that is so normal now that it isn’t so exhausting as the language required in the relationships we are building.
- Friends– We stayed with some friends while here, which provided times of fellowship, games and so much more. There is something special about friendship with people who understand your heart language and culture
- Packages!!!!– This is the only time we get to check our mail and I will be completely honest – I LOVE PACKAGES!!! It is just so fun to get a piece of home
- Special Treats for the boys – There are many places for the boys to play that are all a special treat to them. They love our trips to Dakar!
- The bakery – Good fresh bread…THAT I DIDN’T COOK!
- A car that we can use to get things done quickly (well at least as quickly as you can in Africa)
- Restaurants – There are places we can eat within walking distance, so it is nice to have a little break from cooking everything from scratch.
- Running water that I don’t have to worry about conserving at ALL.
- Being in a place where few people know us and so we have very few obligations
- Great things we can buy from missionaries who are leaving Africa. We got bikes for the boys, a waterbed for our guest room, plastic drawers, and great Christmas presents for the boys.
- THE BEACH
Dakar is still Africa, but even just the change of scenery provides an amazing break and time of rest. I would have never thought 9 months ago that Dakar would be a treat for us, but that alone shows how far we have come. Thank you God for providing the place and the chance to get away and rest.