Every once in a while we find a treat at the grocery store that reminds us of the States. Pre-made tortilla shells are a great (and somewhat rare) find, but we eat our tacos with a twist–cucumber. That’s right–no iceberg lettuce here–so that crunch has been replaced with always plentiful cucumbers. It might sound strange, but give it a try!
In our new language, the word for heavy is also used to mean that something is hard. This struck me as one of the young members of our team commented that religion here seems, “heavy on the people.”
Pray with us that the people here will understand what is said in Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
There are many ancient watch towers in our country. This one is visible in the distance as we travel to our children’s school, and serves as a great reminder that He is always watching over them, us, and you. Join us in praising Him for all of the ways that He has been our strong tower. “For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” Psalm 61:3
Our city has many hidden treasures, and we often see examples of everyday objects that are turned into something creative. This reading spot in a nearby library is made out of books from the 1940’s – 1970’s. Someone carefully stacked books in a curvilinear fashion, and the gaps provide just enough light to sit back, relax, and read.
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…that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24
Spring has sprung up all around–even among the ruins of an old church here. Join us in rejoicing with Him for the new life that we know as believers, and in praying that His church will grow each day!
This contraption was spotted at a local museum. Can you guess what it is? Here’s a clue–they used nuts instead of cheese as a lure. That’s right, it’s a mouse trap! The lid was tied up until the mouse wandered in for a bite to eat, and then–well, you know. Poor little mouse!
For weeks we wondered why a large crowd was assembled here every Sunday. One day we found out–all of these parents are waiting for their children to come out of English language testing. English is highly valued in this place–please join us in praying for God’s continued guidance as we teach here.
“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it? When found, you can be sure you would put it across your shoulders, rejoicing, and when you got home call in your friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Celebrate with me! I’ve found my lost sheep!’ Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.” Luke 15:1-7 from The Message