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Moving On

We have had a busy weekend with three separate un-related events that we attended.  Just to make a nice title, I wondered if there was a common thread in the three events and decided that they all have to do with moving on.

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
We had an open house at the office and everybody bought a plate of goodies to share.  Steve directed a prayer time, but before that he reminded us that Jon's "love language" is texting and he had us all send Jon and Christine a message at the same time. 

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.

The third event we attended was a fund-raiser for Sahel Academy's senior class who will, of course, be moving on at the end of this academic year.  There was to be donkey basketball, but the rain came just as the event got started.  The donkeys were hired and grazing outside, but the game never happened because of the rain.  Of course, we're very thankful for the rain....but the donkey basketball would have been fun, too.  However, the real money-making events of the evening went on.  People brought in chili and there was a contest to see whose chili was the best.  The chili was then sold by the bowl-full for supper.  Soft drinks were also sold.  During the weeks students voted on certain staff and students who would get a pie in the face.  I think they had to buy their votes, so that contributed to the coffers, too.  In the end it was the dorm dad that got the pie smeared onto his face.  Then many people donated pies which were put up for auction.  Some of them sold for as much as 10,000 cfa or about $20.00 and I even saw one that went for 12,000 ($24.00).  I bid on several but John and I had agreed before hand to not go above a certain amount.  In the end, the pies I was interested in all sold for more than our agreed upon price, so we didn't get one.  At least we helped drive the price up! :)

All of the proceeds will go for the senior trip.  It was a fun evening in spite of the rain forcing everybody inside.  The disadvantage to that was that the noise level in the room was almost unbearable.  Oh well, small price to pay to help out our senior class!

Grandpas and proud of it.
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