I have a sweet tooth—there’s no denying it. I love cake in any country, but the cake in Green Mountains is really delicious. With just the right amount of sweetness, fresh fruit, cream, and chocolate—you really can’t go wrong. This display case at our favorite, local cake shop gives you just a glimpse of the treats that we enjoy.
Recently came across this graffiti and realized that it represents so much of what the next generation is thinking. Many dream of better opportunities, better jobs, better pay. We are praying that the dreams God gives them will be for hope, justice, and mercy.
I walked down the alley from our house the other day, and I noticed something for the first time—this mailbox. When we moved to GM almost four years ago, we were surprised to discover that mailboxes weren’t really a thing here. Imagine life without junk mail! Of course, bills still arrive each month. They are stuck inside doors, gates, or entryways, and ultimately you are responsible for paying even if it never arrives. It’s funny how something that seemed so different during those first months is now our new “normal.”
How often do we walk the streets where we live? Going from place to place by foot opens up opportunities for insights and prayer that car travel often doesn’t. It’s funny how a simple change in transportation can give a fresh perspective. As you step into the week (bad pun intended), seize the opportunity to take a walk and pray a prayer. Ask God to open your eyes to what He’s doing right there, in that familiar place, and thank Him for the path that He’s prepared for you.
File this under: well, sometimes you just have to make it work! We recently returned home from a weekend outside the city and we discovered a pretty significant leak from a hot water tank. I was quite proud of my “brilliant” usage of a 10 liter water bottle that was used as a “genius” solution to the leak problem. After cutting it up to fit below the tank, it served as a reservoir for the leaking water until I was able to get my teammates over here to problem solve and we were able to fix the issue.
“As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:20
Pray for all believers in this land to proclaim His glory, and for openness and conviction for those who hear.
Whether it’s making spoon rings out of actual spoons or carving intricate designs in wood, the local craftsmen do amazing work! The beauty in each handcrafted item is a reflection of God-given creativity. Often these items leave me with a sense of respect and awe for the makers’ artistry, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. In considering these things, I am reminded of Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God has given these people so many talents and we long to see them understand that they too are God’s work of art.
In our city, some of the roads are so busy that we have tunnels under the roads to help pedestrians cross the street. In some of these tunnels there are shops or bakeries, and graffiti! After living in the city for several years, we were surprised to find this newer piece. This is an athlete from the 2012 Olympic games – a weight lifter that did well in the games!
In a culture largely dominated by male heroes and leaders, this cross serves as a reminder of how God used a young girl to bring Christianity to this place. A faith-filled risk-taker, she shared the Gospel with many people including the Queen. Later, in a time of desperation, the King turned to his wife’s God for help, and He answered. Faith was alive, God had healed and answered prayers in tangible ways, there was a passion for Him—the King declared that all would follow Him. Please join us in praying that God will once again be in His rightful place in the hearts of the people, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” Jeremiah 6:16
We are always thankful for the excitement and energy that visitors bring to our team! This college group did just that when they visited in May. It’s an honor to share what God is doing in this place. Our hope is that all of our guests return to the US with a heart to pray for the people of GM, and a desire to tell others about this amazing land!