We are staying in a school where classrooms have been converted into sleeping quarters and the library has been converted into a shower. There is no running water or electricity. Sound like roughing it? Hardly. After spending the morning moving truck loads of sand and gravel from outside the La Trembley church to the inside, we took the afternoon off (the workers were off at that time). We took a tap tap ride into one of the villages to shop.

On our trip we passed house after house some made of cinder blocks, some of corrugated metal and some of the sticks held together with mud (obviously no pesky neighbor covenants here). We also pass by a number of tent cities. Now I’m appreciating what we have.our seemingly sparse quarters seem like a paradise. We don’t have to fetch the water for our bucket showersvolunteers from the community do this for us. Our cots are surrounded by mosquito nets which we could afford to protect us from bugs. Our meals are cooked by cook provided from UMCOR/UMVIM. Our water is brought in 5 gallon bottles.

We see women stoking fires preparing meals on coal fires. We see pigs, chickens, goats and cows walking freely in the yardsproviding food for the families. If we lived in one of the many tent cities or one of the stick/mud houses, chances are that most of our day would be spent doing work to take care of the basics needed for lifegoing to the central well to fetch water for the day, building a coal fire to cook meals, milking goats, hand washing clothes, boiling water to make it drinkable.

We are counting our blessings for what we are provided for in our home for this week and constantly reminded of the great abundance we have in Virginia.

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