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Conference, Cold, and Cleaning Up

This has been a busy week!  Our Spiritual Life Conference started a week ago Saturday.  We had meetings and times of fellowship every day through Wednesday.  Thursday it was back to work and trying to settle down into a routine again.

 Our speaker for conference was Joshua Bogunjoko who is the Director of SIM.  He is on the right in the purple and black shirt.  He was being translated into French by Gaston Slanwa, the Director of TearFund in Niger, but who is a Field Associate of SIM.  Both are men I respect greatly and I'm thankful for their godly leadership.

 Ever since Tuesday we have had harmattan....dust that blows down from the Sahara Desert.  What you see in this photo is not an out-of-focus picture nor fog, but dust in the air.  I'm thankful for the harmattan (even though it makes a mess of the house!) because it keeps temperatures cooler as it blocks the heat of the sun.  The harmattan today was even heavier than in this photo.  I doubt if one could even see across the river.

 I'm thankful for my sisters in SIM.  Here we are at our prayer breakfast.  We spent some special time praying for one of our sisters who is currently in the USA undergoing chemo-therapy.

 Good music is another thing on my gratitude list this week.  This year John organized three worship teams and gave them latitude to organize their own sessions.  It worked really well and I appreciated the different styles the three leaders had.  John led from the piano, Collin did vocal and guitar, Alicia did vocal, and off just out of the picture was Josiah on the bass guitar.

 Thursday it was back to work.  Our office is the brown building on the center left part of the picture.  In front of our office is a wide open area, sort of like a cul de sac.  We park in the area to the right of the pink gate.  The owners of that gate had gotten really upset when somebody parked right in front of their gate.  So they piled up rocks so that we couldn't park near their wall.  Then the trash was all over and their "guard" (who seems to only sleep and smoke) would rake up leaves and they were all piled up where we needed to park.  It was a bit frustrating and it looked terrible.  Between Christmas and New Years the people behind that gate had a big wedding.  They moved the rocks, cleaned up the trash, and brought in fresh sand.  So I'm VERY thankful the rocks are gone and that it looks much nicer out there now.  Let's hope it stays that way!

 I'm thankful that it's cool enough to wear a sweater and a scarf.  You may not think 57 degrees in the morning is that cool, but when it's also 4% humidity, that feels pretty cold.  I'm trying to enjoy it while it lasts!

John got me some potted plants for Christmas, including this rose bush that has its first little yellow rose on it.  I'm thankful for thoughtful gifts and for yellow roses.
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