The first was Friday night and was a farewell for our friends, Jon and Christine and their kids. I don't like good-byes in general and this one in particular as they have become good friends of ours. For me, a good friend is somebody you feel completely comfortable with and can just be yourself around, and that is who Jon and Christine are for me. Thankfully, they do plan to return to Niger.....but in the meantime, they will be very, very missed.
|Preparing to send our text messages|
|Some of us shared what our message said|
Then we spent time praying for them.
Yep, they're moving on and we're sad, but at the same time know that they are doing what God wants them to do for now.
Saturday morning we went with our house worker to visit his new house. His wife works for several missionary families as a house worker and he works for us and for several others. He has saved his money diligently and bought a piece of land and built a house. Whenever people are throwing things out....a half used bucket of paint, tile from a floor that is being replaced, old windows, etc. he takes it and uses it in his house. He wanted us to see his new place, so we went with our neighbors and with one of the missionaries his wife works for. Our neighbors have a pick-up truck so he took advantage of that to take a load of stuff out to the house.
The house is not quite finished, but he does have the walls up and the roof on and they hope to move soon. It's on the edge of town and doesn't have electricity yet. I believe there is a well or a public pump near by. He already has some trees planted and growing. John asked if we could pray for them and he agreed, so we had a chance to pray that this house would be a place of refuge and peace. Of course, our prayer is also that the entire family would put their faith in Jesus.
It's gratifying to see a family work hard and be able to move into their own place.
|Grandpas and proud of it.|