Happy Snow Day! What do you like to do on a snow day? Take a nap, read a book, go for a walk, play games, work a puzzle, go sledding? That’s what my day looked like three weeks ago as I enjoyed my first ever African “snow day.”
Ok, so you know that it wasn’t really snowing here. It was in the upper 80s and humid. But we did go “sledding,” as you can see in the picture above. And it did feel like a snow day when I was supposed to go teach my kiddos with Compassion, but when I called them that morning, they said that it was canceled so not to come. It was nice to go back to bed.
Now, for those of you who haven’t heard the news from Burkina Faso, you may be wondering what was going on. Well, a “Coup d’Etat Day” is as close as we get to snow day here – a day to lay low, stay at home, and try to stay up on the news. Yup, went through civil unrest again. If you remember from last year October, the people overthrew Blaise, the president who had been in power since the year I was born. We’re in a year of transition, and were supposed to have elections this Sunday, on October 11th. However, on September 16th the 1300 body guards still loyal to Blaise took the president and the prime minister of the transition hostage. The next day Blaise’s right-hand man declared a coup d’état with himself as the leader.
The next week (and the week after that to some extent) was a stressful week, not so much because I was in any danger where I live, but because we never knew what the next day would hold. There was news at least once a day that changed the whole situation again. That much change that quickly adds a whole new level of, um, something to your life.
But now the coup is over and things are mainly all back to normal. Let me summarize it by saying that God is good and answered a lot prayers. The transitional government is back in leadership and the guy who led the coup is behind bars. God gave us grace. I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad I wasn’t in the capital. The way it ended so quickly is only by the grace of God and the willingness of some of His children to walk according to His will. Thank you, God.