So, this week I had my homestay in Sarodrano. Honestly, I really didn’t understand the point of it all at the beginning of the week. Our team is set-up differently than other teams where we each live with a Malagasy family, and not with each other, so we kind of have permanent homestays. I now clearly understand the point of it: Frustration! I can not begin to put words to how badly I want to speak to these people! I wanna know about them, I wanna know who they are; beyond their name, what is the news and how old they are; I can’t really hold a conversation, and it kills me! One thing I learned from being a teacher is you can tell so much about people from what their face and their eyes communicate. There are so many people I met this week that I cannot wait to come back in six months and have lots of conversations with! As for the frustration, I have never been more motivated than I am now to learn some Vezo Malagasy! I’m coming at this sucker from every angle!
I’ve had an absolute blast learning language this week doing all sorts of activities: Going on a canoe to checking out the growing seaweed that they use to make gels etc. Walking around in the ocean for 2 hrs snorkel fishing as they described what was good to eat and for what dishes. I patched up a dudes leg that took a fishing spear to the thigh with some iodine, Neosporin and bandages, then every morning as I was sitting on my porch people would come and show me their open wounds – I saw some pretty gnarly stuff and helped as many as I could before I ran out of bandages! I got my hair all braided up and It was the most painful experience of my life. Went to a Lutheran and Charismatic church (the charismatic church was my favorite even though these people have no concept of rhythm at all!). Went net fishing on a boat and caught a bunch of small little guys. The concept of snorkel fishing is get a big nice looking fish, and net fishing is getting a whole school of small fish- so lots of little guys.
This week I’ve had pure and utter peace. I have been praying for Africa and contemplating a big move for four and a half years now, and I’m here.. It’s a bit surreal honestly. I came not really knowing anything beyond my flight times (ha) and just taking each day in stride, knowing that out of all the places in the world, I am exactly where the Lord wants me for such a time as this. One thing the Lord really put on my heart this week was the parable of the Lost Sheep, so I read it like six times. I’ve sacrificed a lot in getting here, raised a lot of support, left a good ol life that it took me 3 years to have in CO, I haven’t dated for a year cause you just really can’t.. And now I’m in a foreign place, learning a new language for the next couple of years, without my family missing birthdays, weddings, holidays, the birth of my handsome nephew.. all to gather and eat with tax collectors and sinners because there is more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over the 99 righteous persons left in the open country.. so even if this is all for one, its all worth all the frustration!
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him and the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them too.’ So he told them this parable: ‘What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing! And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost. Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:3-7
Love and miss y’all, to all my hoodlums getting ready to start school, y’all better do it big! Make lots of memories, do quality work, and make good decisions. Praying for you all.
Please pray for our team this week, and for divine absorption of language!
Snorkel fishing; caught a blow fish
Beautiful sunset from our front porch
My massive catch, I took to our chef to cook for me and he throw it away! ha!
Sweet handmade toy sail boat
Boats from our front porch