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November 12, 2014

This Guy!

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All that food you see in the picture is what we buy for one stay in Arop village. Once we get to the village, we have to put everything into rat/ant proof containers. On many occasions, Ben has helped me with this overwhelming task, and has been known to wash each of our unrefrigerated eggs (if one cracks enroute to the village, it can spoil all the others.) One of our teammates called him “indefatigable” a while back, and I would echo that…he is great at solving *impossible* problems and will take time to finish a task well, two areas where I am extremely weak. Isn’t it humorous how God puts opposites together? (humorous, infuriating at times?)

On top of that, he isn’t afraid to admit when we struggle, and is willing to do whatever he can to get to a place where we are thriving. We are by far less than perfect. But the fact that he’s trying to do whatever he can, seeking God, gives me hope. Also the fact that we can admit we aren’t perfect gives me hope! If you are around long enough, you’ll see us for who we really are–sinners who fail and ask forgiveness on a frequent basis. Having now lived most of our married life as expats/strangers means that we need extra grace to handle the cumulative stress and overseas living together. So, today I’m thankful for him.

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November 12, 2014

This Country and Those Who Protect it…

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Since I have lived overseas for most of my life, I am constantly reminded of how much freedom we as Americans have.  We are rich in freedom here.

My kids and I are studying American History. It has really impacted me how people came to our country seeking religious freedoms and opportunities for a better life. Sadly some were brought here against their will. I want my kids to learn about and remember are those who fought for the freedoms listed in our constitution: abolitionists, members of the military, women, politicians and so many others!

I am well aware that there are ‘issues’ and ‘problems’ here (it’s often one of the first things people tell missionaries as they come off the field)…but today I choose to thank God for the freedom that our people (especially those who serve in the military!) have fought so hard to hold onto.  As a woman in this country, I have the freedom alongside everyone else to things like voting, freedom of speech and so many more other things that other people in the world don’t have.

When we were at the McCormick building last week, we read aloud several of the quotes up on the wall. This one by Voltaire stuck in my mind so I thought I’d end with it here:

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

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