Wednesday December 26, 2018

Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed in the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Today required a bit of laundry catch up, so I was focused on that this morning after breakfast. Jeff headed out to start moving a pile of bricks and then using a steel brush to clean the mud off of them. After a quick tea break, the kids and I headed over to help Jeff, but not before getting a message from him with a picture of a snake.

This endeavor was not difficult, just time consuming and tiring. The kids did a good job of helping until lunch time. This will be a project that we will work on for a week or so.

After lunch, Jeff was helping out around the mission while I was in the office working on a policy project that Clifton has requested some help with completing.

It has been a wonderful experience watching our children play and engage with the kids here on the mission. They have been adopted into this large family with open arms and have made some wonderful friends. God’s grace always amazes me, how He can create a friendship where nothing previously existed and how He can join people together from different backgrounds, cultures, and languages. His works are endless. As I watch our children play and engage with the children here, I am reminded at how valuable children are to our world. They have an innocence that I wish was more contagious, but I need to remind myself to be more like them. I need to open myself up to being silly and seeing the world through a child’s eyes. Scripture like this is such a welcomed reminder to step outside of myself and see God’s world in a different light.

Today is my mom’s birthday and I was so grateful to get to talk with her a lot over the last few days. It is really hard to be so far from our family and friends during this time of year, but I also find that because we have been so welcomed into this loving family, it makes our separation a bit easier to handle. I love you mom, and I hope you had a wonderful day!

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