1. I am thankful that there is peace here in Burkina Faso. There was violence on October 30 and 31 as the country ousted Blaise Compaoré, the president for the last 27 years, from power. However, in all the changes it is said that only 24 people were killed. Lt. Col. Zida, a member of the military, took control, and after 2 weeks peacefully handed power over to the transitional president, Kafando, who will be in power for a year until the next elections. I’ve never been through some political upheaval before, and I didn’t really want to go through it at all, but I’m amazed at how peacefully it went and how quickly people returned to normal life.
2. I am thankful for the chances that I’ve had to “get away” and relax lately – a day at the pool and two days with a friend in a nearby city, where we got to go to the pool and climb on the rocks. Sometimes a break from the stresses are very nice.
3. I’ve been working on a country-wide assessment for the country of Guinea in my People Group Assessment work. I was hoping to be able to write today that I finished it, but I didn’t. But I’m thankful that I’m almost done and should be able to finish next week.
4. I’m thankful for all of you praying for me, supporting me, and in so many other ways being part of what God’s doing here. I have been reminded again lately of the spiritual warfare that is so real here (and everywhere), and how important it is that I am covered in prayer. So thankful for you!
5. I’m thankful for the chance that I got to eat turkey and other yummy Thanksgiving foods with the American missionary community here. Well, those are just a few of the things I’m thankful for. What are you thankful for?