House building progress!

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Sorry that this post isn’t beautiful with the pictures nicely organized, but I wanted to at least let you see the progress on my house in My Village!  In the first picture, you’ll see the guy making bricks for my house.  I videoed him and timed him.  After his co-worker got the cement and sand and water and everything mixed, it took him about 45 seconds per brick.  He must have been exhausted!

 

In the second picture (at least ...

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Good news/Bad news

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(NOTE: I wrote this last Thursday, February 16th, but forgot to post it on here. Sorry!)

I have good news and bad news to share with you.  Let me start with the bad news, which will lead to the good news.
 
Bad News
The bad news is that it’s a lot more exhausting and draining and stressful to take these trips in and out of Vigueland than I was expecting.  Every week I need to leave the comforts and ease of life ...

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Mosaic

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Language is like a mosaic. When you have the right words and know how to put them together, it can be absolutely beautiful. Think of all the millions of things you can communicate with a limited number of words. You use different ones and put them together in different ways, and you get a new message. It’s like combining different tiles of the mosaic in different ways to get different pictures. Some are simple; some are much more complex.

And something ...

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Lots of villages

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Isn’t God amazing sometimes? Or, more accurately, isn’t God’s constant amazing-ness visible to us sometimes? It took me about a year to be able to visit the 19-20 main Vigué villages. But just now, in a period of only 10 days, I was able to stop and at least greet someone in 9 of those villages! Besides that, I was also able to greet people from at least 3 other villages, though I didn’t see them ...

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A Culture Game

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When you’re confronted with a world of unknowns, where you have no idea what’s going on around you, I find it’s often helpful to try to find things that remind you of something you know.  That way the new things have some kind of place they can rest in your brain.

 

These last few days we were in Vigueland for a wedding, and there were lots of unknowns going on around us.  Often we had no idea what was going on.  ...

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Update on Rachida

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Thanks for your continued prayers for Rachida, and sorry that I haven’t posted an update in a long time.  With them being in the next country over it’s kind of hard to figure out what the new news really is.  But today I have an update, so I’d like to share it with you so that you can be praying.

 

We talked a week ago Sunday, and Rachida’s grandma Kadi said that the treatment there in Mali is going ...

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New Taste Sensation

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My mom likes to have “new taste sensations” sometimes as she tries new food. And I unknowingly gave my host mom a new taste sensation last week as well!

Here in the city, it’s green bean season. The season starts just before Christmas and it’s going to come to a close pretty soon. My parents remember even from 3 years ago getting lots of green beans to eat, and I think it’s hard for them to imagine that ...

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It’s better not to know

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In My Village, they often feed us fish with our meal. Not being a fish person, I was excited on this last trip out there that one day I got some meat instead! I saw that it was a little leg, so I assumed it was rabbit, which I’d been fed there before. I ate it. It was definitely better than fish!

That afternoon Jen’s cousin, who was out visiting, asked the guy who ...

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A Whole New World

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It’s a whole new world.  That’s what my parents thought when they set foot in My Village.  Unlike the city where I have been living, My Village is more like you would picture Africa to be, with mud huts and animals (but just domestic ones like cows, donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, etc.) wandering around.  My mom said that when they were sitting in My Village, it really hit her that they were in Africa.

Even for me, it’s a ...

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Number 2

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We all know that we all go number 2, but in US culture it’s not the politest thing to talk about. However, here it’s a normal part of conversation, and can even be part of a dinner conversation without anyone raising eyebrows. So here’s the warning that this is about manure and dog poop, so if you don’t want to keep reading, feel free to stop.

On Tuesday, when we were in My Village, Jen and I went ...

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