A big week.

Friday night now and it’s movie night tonight at our place. For tonight’s viewing pleasure we are watching ‘The Pacifier’. Rob and I previewed the first half last night to check for suitability of viewing for 6 to 60 something year olds.

Mhoza EgidisoniRob and I just got home before the movie started from a baptism at the Cathedral.  Godriva’s youngest son, Mhoza Egidisoni (aged 1), was baptised and Rob was asked to be Godfather. The service obviously was all in Swahili but I was pleasantly surprised how much I did actually understand. Having an English bible to see what is being preached about and knowing it is a baptism service does help. After the service we went back to Godriva’s for a meal - it was really nice.

This week has been a lesson in trust, respect and honesty. It is tough living and working and raising kids in a completely different culture. Daily we struggle with relationships here. I tend to take people on face value and if they tell me something I believe them. Unfortunately here there is a culture of telling the wazungu what they want to hear in order to get what they want. There is a constant struggle between head and heart to know what is best. This week my heart was broken and I know it won’t be the last time. BUT I was reminded of one of my favourite passages in Proverbs 3....the whole chapter really but especially verses 3-5. ‘Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on a tablet on your heart. Then you will win favour in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.’ God has put us here and God will guide us in the work that we are to do.

Not only do Rob and I face struggles, but also the boys. They have had a tough transition from living in Mt Colah as a family unit and going to school with their mates to being here where we are the novelty and there are always visitors in and around our house. This week Mitchell learnt the hard way that words can really hurt. Let’s just say after getting back into the book of James and 5 days without screens I think Mitchell has grown a wiser fellow this week.

Love, respect, wisdom, guidance and forgiveness - these are not new concepts and thankfully we have a loving God who teaches these things and a bible of words to instruct and teach us.

Apart from all that, school as usual, Rob and computers, English and nursing tutoring for me and maths for mum.

'Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.' 1 Corinthians 15:58.

Baptism After gathering

 

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One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing to keep permanently: another man considers himself poor, yet has great and indestrucible riches~

Proverbs 13:7
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