One day this week, to help my horrible Liberian cooking skills, our friend Kolegar said I should make only rice...
And he would bring the rest.
The kids are reading a lot. The vehicle we are going to use is broken down and the parts are difficult to find here. Taxi's are expensive and we've explored on foot about as much as we can. I am so glad my kids read since things can get a bit boring during the day.
We had about 40 minutes near the ocean today on our rare outing.
My one and only son had to be brainstorming a book in his head while he enjoyed the remainder of the waves.
Today Eric worked a bit and then this afternoon we headed over to enjoy a Youth Bible Club at Samaritan's Purse. Our friend was giving his testimony and it was really, really inspiring. I love watching the local kids listen with intensity and I wondered what was going through their minds.
By evening we are all so exhausted each day. The heat and the constant sweating, the new kinds of "chores" and the emotional changes that have taken place all add to the exhaustion.
It's a little surreal, really. Today I was filling used water bottles from a jerry can just like we've seen pictures of so many times. Our family has loved participating in water projects through water4christmas and now our reality, on a small scale, is the difficulty of finding clean water...even with the funds to purchase it. It's available. But it's work. And my reality isn't even near the full reality so many in this country face each and every day, every hour, every minute.
This new chapter in our lives brings the water projects closer to home. This Christmas if you're looking for something different to give for Christmas, check out water4christmas or onebillionthirsty year round.
Tomorrow we've already planned to stay in and have house church. Alex is picking the sermon, E and Lu are picking songs. We need a little normalcy and refueling to ignite us for the week to come. Then the next three weeks, God willing, we are visiting more of the men's churches that Eric works with.
I'll leave you with a fabulous picture Alex captured today of an adorable little boy on the side of the road. Unedited. :)
Goodnight from Liberia.