This week has been a wonderful (and busy) week on the farm! We’ve hosted visitors from America, Donny Lee and his wife, and a board member and his family. (We have never met his family before). I have chatted many times with Donny’s wife Patty and they have both been a great support long distance. She and I have become fast Facebook friends but being able to visit in person has truly been a blessing. Mike and family are a joy to be with, two teenage boys have really been fun, I miss our boys so much, they are now grown, one with his own family and both are far away. The funny and great things about them is they are so much like our own sons so Christian and I got a great kick out of being with them. They got to build tables for our Sunday School and desks for the kids at the school across the street. I think they were humbled when they visited the little mud-walled school, especially when they found out that it is a private school that parents pay for.
I don’t know how many children came yesterday, I can say a couple hundred at least and they all had a great time. Any time people come and show them attention just boosts their confidence and shows them they are worthy to be loved. I am so thankful the school let their children come!
You never know what blessings God has in store for you. I was a little stressed, and after devotion last night found the other women had some of the same concerns. You never know what to expect when meeting new people, hosting and hospitality is definitely not my calling but I got such joy cooking for them and visiting with them. They quickly became family! The two ladies won my heart forever when they spent 3-4 hours with Raelee and I at the rabbit house checking for sickness and putting meds in so many water bottles. They were such troopers and blessed me so much, We had things planned to do but life here doesn’t stop because we have visitors. I spent the night before stressing over the change in plans but finally decided I have to do what I have to do! They were great and it was such a huge help to Raelee and me! (It’s a big job caring for so many rabbits!) Patty still was able to sew curtains for our bathroom and kitchen and they will be a reminder everyday of her and this time of friendship and strengthening of our souls. Mission work can be very lonely and at times you feel like everyone has forgotten you (we all lead such busy lives), isolated because the people around you are so different and lonely for other believers so when we have times to really connect with friends who have things in common it really helps to keep going. We are very thankful to God that He sent us our new family!
Tomorrow we have to take them to the airport and send them back to the states, it is going to be so hard to say goodbye! I will be posting pictures soon!
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What a wonderful blessing it was to be in your home. You just roll with the punches and keep on going. I can certainly see how God uses you in this remote village. Every single thing is hard and different from life in the states. I LOVED our time spent there with you. I know I am far removed from the daily routine of mission sacrifices that I experienced as a child, and I admire the courage and patience that both you and Christian show these friendly people. God put you there to be a positive influence to this group of people, and you have certainly done that. Sorry to hear about Molly Moo, but excited for Ted. lol Raelee was created for this lifestyle you live, and I know she opens doors for you. Praying for some good rest and fun this week for you! Thank you for everything you did to make our life easier there and for allowing us to interrupt your routine. You can’t truly understand your life unless you walk in your shoes! Have a wonderful week. Love you!