|Wesley and Kaleb playing with water, |
wearing matching diapers and farmer's tans.
Around the time we were leaving for our four months in America, a new American family moved to Shirati. Bill and Ladene are missionaries with Church of God in Christ, and they moved here with their 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. Just when we got back from America and I was looking forward to spending more time with Ladene, they moved out to a village to plant a church, so we only get to see them now when they come into Shirati. Still, I find myself very drawn to Ladene, who evidences a peaceful contentment with the (not always pleasant) circumstances of life here. Fred and Bill have great fun discussing manual-operated water pumps and solar panels and such. Wish we got to see them more also!
Then, a few months ago, a Dutch couple moved to Shirati with their daughter, Daphne. Pim and Yvonne are doctors at the Shirati Hospital, and Daphne is almost 4 months younger than Wesley. Although busy work routines for us and for them don't always permit a lot of time together, we're working on scheduling a weekly time for Yvonne, Daphne, Wesley and I to get together. Although hanging out with English speakers isn't the highest form of relaxation for them, since English isn't their first language, we find we have a lot in common, including two high-energy, aggressive little ones!
|Finlay and Innocent play with Legos. (Photo credit: Ada)|
All these people becoming a bigger part of our life here have made a big difference in my own contentment to be in Shirati, and just in my happiness. Plus, it's so satisfying, as a mother, to see the boys playing with kids their own ages, whether that play be climbing trees or throwing plastic bins across the room. So thank you, Katie, for praying, and thank you, God, for answering!