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Africa Inland Mission
October 4, 2015 10:36 am
Published in: Uncategorized

I am so excited to finally be getting a blog post up! The internet has been super sketchy these past few weeks, and we have be so busy with Swahili classes! I feel like these past few weeks have been full of emotional rollercoasters for all of us, with some extra special surprises in between!
I mentioned on our last blog about Miah and her Mama Rafiki (or Mama Iki as Miah calls her). Miah is still enjoying spending her mornings with her and I was so excited last week to have a full conversation with her! Our Swahili grammar and vocabulary continues to grow, so I decided to sit down and try to talk with her. Most of the time I would just stick with what I was comfortable saying, and that wasn’t getting me very far. I found out about her family, where she lives and about her village, and where her children go to school. It was an amazing feeling, and the smile on her face was priceless! It was just the incentive I needed to continue to push my vocabulary learning harder so that I can continue to grow that relationship.

Jeremiah and I have been in 2 separate classes. We found out early on that our learning styles are much different, and we learn at different paces. Being in a class together just wasn’t working out, so we split. It has been a big source of frustration and irritation. There have been many times that in prayer I ask, ‘Is it really worth us being here?’. God had an amazing answer for that question!!

Jeremiah has been with the same teacher most of the time we have been here and has had the privilege of talking about the gospel with her, and helping her strengthen her relationship with Christ. Last week he had another teacher in with him, and near the end of class, the topic of salvation was brought up. He begin explaining what the Word says about salvation and what someone would need to do. The other teacher spoke up and expressed that she didn’t know God but wanted to, and that she wanted to live her life for Christ! Jeremiah had the privilege of being with her when she took the step of faith to follow our Lord and Savior! It was such an amazing reminder that God puts us in places and in situations that may be uncomfortable and frustrating, but He has a bigger and better plan than we can see! This is exactly what I was trying to get at in the last blog!

I would be lying if I said that being here at River Valley has been all smooth sailing, and we are enjoying every minute. I have really struggled here. I miss my family, my friends, and the comforts of home. The banda(cabin) we are staying in is wonderful..except the water, which is pumped from the river straight to our banda, is brown with chunks of yuck and wiggly creatures…and the electricity randomly shuts off for hours at a time, and Miah had her shoes and leap pad stolen off our porch and classes can be frustrating..and..and…and…! As I sat back last week and stewed on my discomfort, God reminded me that I was focusing on all the wrong things. When I felt stressed, frustrated, or impatient, what was I doing..and who was I turning to? Where was my joy in pain? It was honestly hard to find. As I listened to a podcast from a supporting church (Brookhaven fellowship), I found myself being convicted of not possessing the fruit of joy that we are called to have. I humbled myself in prayer and repentance. Our Lord knows these same frustrations, for He has walked this broken earth! And He promised us in His Word that He would give wisdom to those who ask in faith, and we could receive grace and mercy when we approach His throne. I found such comfort in those words as I prayed them, and truly felt my joy increase a weight lifted. We are not meant to carry the strain..and when we release it to Him..it is such as amazing moment! It was only a day after praying those verses that the salvation of our new sister occurred! And then 2 days later, some workers here found and returned the shoes and game of ours that were stolen! Miah has not taken off her Mickey Mouse shoes yet! 😉 God is so good and will remind us and bless us in His time..which, actually turns out to be perfect timing! As a side note, we still have yuck water, random electricity, and I still miss you all back home more than I can say. But this past month has taught me that God really is enough, and He will fill me with joy, even with tears on my cheeks.

Hebrews 4:16 ~ Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

James 1:5-6 ~ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.

Psalm 34:4-7 ~ I sought the Lord, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with same. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him

I have had some friends give me a few ideas on what they would like to see in blog posts..including where we shop, items I am glad I brought from home, things I appreciate from home, and things I wish I would have brought, Swahili ‘oopsies’ (which I have been contemplating blogging about, but it is seriously..just yikes!), Swahili words, and ways we have been ministered too. So, now that the owner of the campsite is back from her vacation, I think we should have wifi access again..which means, more consistent updates!

 

Some fun pictures!

Playing on the park! Miah is swinging with a volunteer from France who is helping to build a playhouse and teaching some women and children in the villages how to make jewelry from plastic bags!

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Miah and her Mama Rafiki! …. And the boys by a giant python that was killed in the water system on the campsite.

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Tucker holding hands with his friend Daniel! There was a family who came over the weekend who had 4 boys. Two of the boys were 6 and 4. I don’t think I saw Memphis and Tucker the whole time they were here!

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Just taking a walk through the African bush! 🙂

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Polly has become great friends with the kids!

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The boys have worked extremely hard to catch a lizard! When they finally did, they were so proud. We kept it for a day, then released it!

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Julie, Fatuma, and myself! Fatuma was my first Swahili teacher for 2 weeks 🙂

 

 

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Our hike at the canyon! I am going to try to get more loaded on our next post. (for some reason the others are taking forever to upload!)

 

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She is just too sweet!

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Love you all!!

XOXOXO

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