Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May update...

We are planning to move to Muembe next week. We made a trip up there this week and moved our beds and some furniture. We will make another trip this weekend and then next week move for good. Please pray for the transition and that we would learn the language quickly. We are beginning to realize how hard hauling water from the well will be and how hard it will be to cook over charcoal everyday. I have so much to learn and I am hoping we don't all starve before I learn!

We learned some really exciting news this month also. We have mentioned that we have been going out to the village of Caia on fridays with Janice and one of our guards, Jeffrey. Well last week one of the men told Janice and Jeffrey that he wanted to follow Jesus with his whole heart. He shared this with the whole group and said he was willing to be baptised as a step of faith. In a muslim community this means a lot because he could be totally rejected by all his family and friends for this. This week we will talk more with him about this step and if he is still willing set up a date for the baptism. Janice and Jeffrey are very excited because they have been going to this village for a couple years now and this is the first real fruit they have seen. All it takes is one though, if this man is willing to be baptised and take this step, others could get the courage and follow. Please pray for him and his spiritual growth and courage.

Another answer to prayer, our container has arrived in Nacala. We are now working on details to get it shipped up here to Lichinga. Please continue to pray that it will arrive here safely and quickly. We have been going back and forth with our clearing agent trying to get all the details taken care of, but it seems like something keeps coming up.

This is the kids new favorite thing to do, climb on top of the car(it's there house of course).

Another thing we did was attend a ceremony for our collegues, who are going to be building a house in this village. They had a big ceremony where all the officials of the province, distict, and village came together to give them permission to live and work in the village and introduce them to all the people. It was a very interesting cultural experience. Our collegues, Alfred and Belinda, provided food for all the officials and we had a feast after the ceremony with all of them. The adminstrator of the district gave a speech which was very welcoming and he even told the people that they were missionaries and were here to tell them about God and that SIM is a good organization and recognized all over the country. It was very encouraging. These are the people of the village that attended the ceremony.

Here are all the officials with Alfred at the ceremony, Alred is on the far left and Janice is sitting next to him.

This was at the feast afterwards, Kallen took her nap on Janice.

Here are the kids eating their rice, without silverware again, to their enjoyment.

This is in Muembe. Karis wanted to help all the ladies carry their water from the well back to their houses, Karis is carrying a jug to our neighbor's house for her.

Here is Tim at the well getting some water for our cleaning.

This is our house. These guys live next door and help watch it while we are away.

Here is the veiw from our house. We have this great Papaya tree in our yard. I love papaya, so I am excited to be able to enjoy fresh papayas from our own tree.

Karis cries and complains about taking naps, but if she doesn't get a nap, she will still fall asleep somewhere at sometime. It's always fun to see where she ends up crashing.

Here we are with Bonamar enjoying a great snack of suger cane. All the kids love it.

Here is Karis, looking so grown up these days.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

You guys look great! So good to get updates and hear how you're doing. Looks like you are having a great time. What a life for those little kids!