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The Hardest Thing

Another year is almost over, another year is about to begin. We’ve now spent four years of our lives in Africa. It’s no longer the struggle it was when we first got here. The heat, the language barrier, brand new routines, a culture completely different than our own… We’ve come a long way since then. Now, some of those things which we struggled with are pretty enjoyable to us. It’s true that the heat still drains us (it’s even hard on the locals), but we love speaking Swahili with people, we love the food, and we feel happy when we can participate in the give and take of community life here. There are still some hard things about living here, we miss our family and friends back home, our hearts go out for people living in difficult circumstances, and there are still times when we struggle to understand/ communicate well with people, and of course we can never completely blend in, yet the hardest thing about living here is the hardest thing about living there, everywhere we go we take ourselves with us!  We still  struggle with selfishness. Yet we’re thankful that God doesn’t give up on us, he continually loves us, he’s promised never to leave us, and he’s always teaching us and drawing our hearts back to him.

While we may have adjusted to a lot of the routines of living in the city, this next year is poised to bring about many more changes as we move into a village on the other side of the country.  We got a taste of what those changes could be like earlier this month as we spent ten days in the village looking for a house. Eventually, we did find a house and we’re planning to move in mid January. Here’s a list of ways you can be praying for us as we embark on this next step:
  • Moving: this involves packing all our stuff on a boat and then carrying it through the village to our house.
  • Nutrition: learning how to cook the available food. Figuring out ways to get enough meat and vegetables.
  • Language: starting over learning another language– Kikisi. Pray for a skilled teacher with a heart to teach us.
  • Relationships: developing good relationships with people in the community, including religious and community leaders. Pray that down the road we would have a platform to teach through these relationships.
  • Schooling: strength for Rachelle to continue teaching Micah while at the same time doing multiple other jobs.
  • Health: physical, spiritual, and emotional strength to live, learn, teach and serve.
  • Time: to budget our time as a family learning language, being out with people, and getting household tasks done.
"That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:10
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