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Africa Inland Mission
November 7, 2015 8:19 am
Published in: Uncategorized

I am amazed by how much time as passed since the last blogpost each time I sit down to write a new blogpost. Another missionary just said last week, ‘The days are so long, yet the years so short!’ I have found that to be so true even for our few months! We have been here in Iringa for two and a half months now, which has went by so quickly! Yet, some days feel like they are dragging by so slowly! With all the emotions rolling around here, I shouldn’t be surprised!

So, what have we been up to?! Language learning for the whole family…Miss Miah is learning from her ‘dada’ (sister..which Swahili speakers use often for women you have a relationship with)..Memphis and Tucker now have 2 friends in class with them for the next week, which has made learning a bit more, um, rowdy. Haha! And Jeremiah and I are still trucking along, absorbing as much as we can!

A few weeks ago, Momma Rafiki (Semeni, our dada) invited us to her kijiji (village), to see her nyumbani (home), and to meet her watoto (children), and to walk through her kijiji. We met her mama, and also some of her nieces and nephews who lived there as well. My heart was so happy to see a picture of Christ on her wall as soon as we walked in her door. It was so amazing to meet her children, her mama, and see what life looks like her on a daily basis.

Last week, Jeremiah started to feel sick on Friday. He left class and went back our banda (cabin) and laid down. A few hours later he was super super sick. He had a fever, diarrhea, body pain, and vomiting. This went on till the next day, when I decided we should take him to the hospital. (Side note: The hospital here is so cheap. We had blood tests, urine and stool samples, saw the doctor, and purchased medicine…for $12! This makes me so sad to think about the people who are so sick and die because they can not afford to go to the hospital and get basic medication). After starting his medicine, he started to improve, but continued with exhaustion and stomach cramps until Thursday. Praise God he has improved so much and is just about back to normal now!

On a brighter note, the weekend also held some excitement! Our Tucker man turned the big 5 on Sunday, November 1st! We were so blessed to go to a campsite close to ours, who is owned by an amazing family, and have a birthday party for him! We made pizza, and cake, and had homemade chips, caramel candy, and..wait for it.. Sweet.Ice.Tea! You guys..it was amazing! Tucker was so excited because he not only had 6 friends there, but we also got to Skype in Mach, Emilee, Abby, Aubrie, and Deloris(his grandma, 3 cousins, and his aunt). He wanted a ninja party, so..we improvised! I made origami ninja stars, paper swords, belts and head pieces out of ribbon, and bamboo nunchucks. The perfect first birthday party in Africa!

We have yapata wiki mbili(about 2 weeks) left here at RiverValley for language learning. After leaving here we will be heading back to Kenya to have Thanksgiving and stay with some amazing friends God has given us, who came to Africa at the same time as us. We will also attend a conference until very early in December. After getting back we will be getting our vehicle and supplies. Right now, when we will actually be getting to our home in Kalacha is a little bit up in the air. Please be in prayer that we would have some more concrete answers about what the next few weeks and months will look like for us. With language learning, sickness, homesickness, and not being settled, stress has begun to wear on us a bit. We appreciate your prayers for peace and direction!

Thank you all so much for your support and prayers!

 

Some scripture we have clung to these past few weeks:

Psalm 116:5-7 

The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, He saved me.

Philippians 4:11-19

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Some pictures!!

 

During our time at Semeni’s house and walk through her village:

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Tucker’s 5th Ninja Birthday Party:

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A couple from the campsite:

These children were from a local village school and they wanted to touch all over Memphis, Tucker, and Miah!

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Love you all!!

 

xoxoxox

The Diehls

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