Thursday, June 18, 2009

New Friends in Muembe...

Well our second week in Muembe went much better than the first. We at least had silverware and we arrived in the morning rather than late afternoon and we even remembered a broom, so things went smoother. It is still hard getting used to cooking everything over a fire and hauling water from the well, but we are starting to get things figured out. I know we need to start lunch by 10 am and dinner by 3pm and we need to have the kids bathed by 5pm, so everything is on a tight schedule ruled by the light of day. We are in the shortest days of the year here now, so it is dark by 5:30pm.
We are really starting to see the benefits of learning Chiyao there. We had some great talks with Mateus and just having his kids around all the time, we hear a lot of Chiyao. Even if a lot of people know Portuguese, you never hear it, so it is a good setting to learn in. The kids spent a lot of time with Mateus' kids this last week and have become great friends with them. I have included a bunch of pictures of them. We are now home for the weekend to do laundry and buy some more supplies to take out with us and we will be returning sunday or monday.
Tim is going to be leading the evangelism/discipleship group out in Caia today, so please be praying for him. Hopefully we will also be setting up a date for the baptism of the new 5 believers there! He will also be leading a Bible study in Muembe in the next few weeks.

Here is Kallen getting a bath. She loves her baths!

At one point we about 20 kids in our quintal(fenced in area). They all stand outside our gate and watch us all day, but we hung up a hammock and everyone wanted to try it out. We let a few kids in and within a few minutes, we had almost the entire village(of kids) waiting for a turn. We eventually had to send them home, because it was a little bit crazy and I was afraid someone was going to get hurt. Of course everyday after that they all wanted to come in again. It is hard to know how to set limits and boundaries, because if you allow too much freedom, we could really be taken advantage of, but we also want to be friendly. We have decided that Mateus' kids are allowed in at anytime and they can bring over one or two friends if they want, but we can't do the whole village again:)

Here is Traeger playing ball with Rosa, Graca, Linda, Miseria, and a couple other kids. Mateus has 8 children, so there are always plenty of kids to play with.

Here is Traeger play fighting with a neighbor kid.

Karis coloring with "the girls". Rosa and Linda are in the green and tan, they are Mateus' daughters. Miseria is in the Maroon and she is a neighbor girl and her sister is the baby named Sheylah. Miseria has the baby all day while her mom is busy working in the fields or pounding corn. It amazing the responsibility these kids have at such a young age.

Traeger and Karis with Graca. Graca is Mateus' 7 year old daughter.

Traeger and Graca just sitting in a tree, playing house.

Karis even ventured out on her own and made some friends. It's harder for her, because she doesn't speak Portuguese like Traeger does. But I have been impressed with her courage to talk to some kids on her own.

We even watched a little veggie tales in Portuguese one day.

Playing Futebol in the campo (field).


Melissa said...

thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with all of us. i really enjoy reading this and keeping up on you guys over there. i am so encouraged by you both! i will be praying for you!

Toronto Team '08 said...

hey tim & michele...i'm really enjoying reading all the photos and updates. looks like God is meeting you in some wonderful ways and that you're such a blessing to your new friends there. you're in my prayers!

Amy Werner said...

hahaha...didn't realize i was signed in as Toronto Team! that message was from me...
Amy Werner :)