Africa Trip – Naomi’s Village – Thursday, June 26

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Africa Trip – Naomi’s Village – Thursday, June 26

Today was exhausting, but great. We started the day with the women sanding the church pews. There are 17 church pews each with four boards. Jim and Bill cut the wood to fit and the girls (& sometimes the kids) sanded them. Our arms got a great workout. Teresa, who cooks and cleans at the guest house, made us poppy seed/chocolate chip muffins for a snack,  that was awesome. Aaron, Clint and Nolan went to the IDP camp, called Mahwenghei (“people who fend for themselves”) to put the ceiling on the church. For lunch Mark, our chef, made us individual pizzas that were amazing. We feel a little spoiled having a chef and someone to clean our house, but it has been wonderful so we can spend our time with the kids and work longer. We also would have no idea how to plan what to cook or how to shop for food. Everything is VERY interesting, the “white” sugar is brown, butter is kept in the pantry and called “fat spread” and the milk is not refrigerated until you open it.  Our guest house has two sides, one for girls and the other for boys. It also has an apartment in the back. There is a family from Highland Village, TX staying in the apartment. We also share the girl’s side with three interns that are teachers and here for the whole summer working at the school.

After lunch we walked about 2 miles, through a village, to Vumelia Village, which is a former IDP camp. Habitat for Humanity built them small houses so they no longer live in tents. We were invited to Doreen’s house, cook at Naomi’s village, for chai tea. We met several kids on the way and played soccer with them. Her house was approximately 250 square feet with three rooms. We crammed 15 people in there and waited for her to brew tea for each of us. She was a wonderful hostess and welcomed us into her home. She is an amazing example of what joy looks like.  We rode back to Naomi’s Village in the back of the truck. Mike and Jennifer got stuck when going to pick up the second load of people and had to wait for them to arrive and push the truck off of a hill. In the evening some of us visited with the children and others got cleaned up to watch the World Cup game of USA vs. Germany.

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