He is my HOPE

This blog will probs be a quick one since it’s the middle of the day here and life be hoppin on the compound.  We have just returned from Church and have had a great Sunday lunch.  Bt dub we get to Church in a van with a gillion people and get to ride back on a machine (aka motorcycle) it is legit my favorite rides to Church ever.  Church was really fun today with  the kiddos. Anything I have ever learned in any classroom management class does not work at all in Africa.  Discipline here is so different, and for sure not my specialty.  Lets just say that the Lord is teaching me a ton in every area.  We talked today about Elijah and how our God is where true power comes from–> Truth! Cool to watch the kids interact, learn Truth, and love the flannel board.  For lunch we had a pretty American meal so no interesting African food tries today, but I will let you know because I am sure there will be one before the day is over.  I wore one of Abbs’ African skirts today and got some compliments and how African I was looking 🙂  I think I might throw it off with my Puma socks, Toms, t-shirt, and cardigan, but the skirt carried me for sure. So thanks to Abbs, I didn’t look like a total outsider.  I mean the skin color for sure kind of makes me stand out, but the skirt does wonders. I love the people here.  They make me feel super welcome pretty much all of the time, and just have something about them that is unlike any people group I’ve ever known.  I really like the Ebo culture, and am just learning a ton about how people live differently all over the world….Yesterday was super simple, I read with the older kids, took the longest nap of my life (think I’m exhausted) and got to help out in the kitchen a little.. I know shocking! Everyone is still alive and kicking though, praise the Lord!  I woke up in the middle of the night to Ugo and Terry (the little boys that sleep in my room) fighting over space on their mats, and was having crazy dreams- therefore, I don’t think I had any idea where I was or what was happening- so what instructions I gave them, I am not sure of!  However, it all turned out ok, and they are back to friends this morning.  I officially fly back to America a week from today, and will get into Dallas on the 9th.  With only a week to go the beat of my heart is to really press in, and dig into all the Lord is showing me and teaching me in Africa.  My heart is getting tired, and often just aches, but I know that He who is in me is greater, and He is for sure moving in this place.  Thanks so much for all your continual prayers, they mean more than I could ever begin to describe to you with words.  so thankful the Lord hears us!  Encouraged by this…”We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield.  In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His Holy name, May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.  Psalm 33:20-22!  Thanks so much for reading. I will update again soon!  All my love from the bush!

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