Wow, it’s crazy to think that we have been here for a month already. We have noticed a shift in the weather, the days are not as intensely hot and the nights cool off to the high 20’s. It’s amazing how cool that feels after a day in the high 30’s. I am a little nervous about how -30 will feel back in Canada.
With only two days until we head off on our family holiday, there is much to tackle. With no working washing machine at home I have been hauling our clothes in a suitcase to campus everyday to wash laundry here. It has worked out quite well, most days. The past few days, Stacy has been working diligently on the schools water system so there hasn’t been water on campus. I am hoping for his sake and mine, that they are able to get it working again before we leave. I don’t really want to haul along sweaty dirty clothes for a week, our luggage will be the easiest to find on the luggage conveyer, you’ll be able to smell it before it comes around the corner!
Last night the school had a Christmas Fair. It was a lot of fun to attend that. There were lot’s of fun games and food.
This past week I had the privilege of helping out in the kitchen. The Senior class is doing a dinner theatre this coming weekend and I was able to pitch in and help make a bunch of lasagnas. I have been reminded since being back here that serving is very satisfying. Doing something that is a blessing and a help to someone else is a great energy booster.
This past week the girls also were able to get braids and hair extensions in their hair. Really hoping they last until we get back to Canada. They look so cute with their hair done up in braids. I love it.
Our last few days are also filled with a little more adventure as we no longer have a vehicle. The one that we were driving no longer has brakes. It was real exciting (I’m not sure thats the correct word to use) as we drove home and Stacy was using the emergency brake to bring us to a stop. It was a little crazy amongst all the taxi’s, and donkey carts. We all really miss our truck and look forward to getting home to a much more comfortable and reliable ride again!
It’s been an incredible time. We have had the opportunity to visit with so many friends and complete a lot of projects. What a blessing to be able to travel to the other side of the world and have friends here. This past week I have found myself sitting down and working on a list of things that we have to be thankful for. Truly as I sit and look at it, it’s an amazing list and God has definitely met me. I realized how I’ve lost that perspective over the past few months and it’s time to get back on track. It’s time to be thankful. It’s time to look for God. It’s time to embrace all His given to us. It’s time to stop looking at myself and the things I haven’t been happy with. It’s time for an attitude adjustment. I am so glad that God’s still working on me! It’s been fantastic to be back, but I am ready to return to the adventure that God has for us in Canada. Returning to Niamey has been a great healing for me and I am thrilled that our family is able to come and serve, we all look forward to returning next year for more of the same. For now, I feel a little more ready to embrace our life in Canada – snow, cold and all!
One last thought, today is the first day of advent and I have the privilege of being in Africa. An environment similar to what that first night might have been like. In Africa, Christmas is just another day. It’s not celebrated. It’s not commercialized. It’s dusty and dirty. It has a funny smell. There are animals everyone. Life is a lot of work and one can easily find themselves exhausted. I think of that stable and I am humbled. I think of the conditions and I am convicted for my bad attitude for my ungrateful attitude of late. Whether I have been given much or a little, I should be full of praise and thanksgiving. My sins have been forgiven, I have been given grace and mercy and I am loved by the King of the universe. This Christmas, no matter where I am I feel I have a better understand of Phillippians 4:12 and I hope I can let the truth and application of it settle deep into my heart. My first candle of the Christmas advent this year is Contentment! Phillippians 4:12 “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.”