July was a busy month…a real busy month. All the way through the month, I told myself we just had to make it through kid’s camp and then we could breathe. Going into kid’s camp I was not sure we would make it through, but God was faithful to sustain us and allowed us to be a part of this amazing event. However we instead of coming home to a breath of fresh air, we came home to a forest fire.
We came home to the news of two deaths. Offering support to friends who have a death in their family is very important here. This often means a visit to present condolences and then showing up for the funeral which is a whole day event. This quickly changed our week from empty to full.
However the most difficult part was that one of the deaths was our new believer Abe’s father. It is a very difficult situation as many in the family blame him for the death. It has created more tension with his family and more persecution. Joel went to pick him up on Monday and he passed out in the car. This was partly from physical fatigue (as it was Ramadan and so he can’t eat or drink when he spends the day with his family), but it was also a sign of the emotional fatigue he is experiencing. There are lots of unknowns about his future and so we are praying for wisdom as the pastor of our church tries to speak to his family on his behalf.
On top of those situations we experienced:
Being flooded out in the village
Our car breaking down in the storm
Additional responsibilites added to our plate
Both our boys falling sick
Our week of rest exploded before our eyes. I can tell the toll it is taking on us as we are all running on a short fuse. The normal stresses of life seem way bigger and there is no way to escape the normal stress of life here. We have 2 more weeks until Joel starts traveling and life gets even busier. We aren’t sure how to find rest, but praying that God will bring it our way.
Pray with us:
For Abe as he grieves his father’s death and also faces some very difficult decisions.
Pray for our Pastor as he negotiates with his family for a safe living situation.
Pray for us to find rest and the strength to press on