Here is our most recent blog telling about our new sister in Christ: http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Tanzania/Centre/Iringa/blog-624488.html . We had a physical birth and a spiritual birth this weekend. Pretty exciting, wouldn’t you say?
I think my weekend qualifies as exciting. I assisted our fellow missionary wife in delivering their fourth child at home. I wrote about it on my blog here: http://alifeofjoy.blogspot.com/2011/07/midmom-and-doula.html . Don’t worry, it’s tastefully written, and appropriate for all audiences. 🙂 Sunday morning we also had a spiritual birth, but I don’t want to give the details just yet, since George will be writing a blog about it. I’ll share the link when it’s ready.
I hope you all a wonderful 4th of July! As for us, we are more than ready for a little down time, which will probably include homemade ice cream. 🙂
One thing that I’ve been working on lately is a list of suggested Old Testament Lessons with References . Ignorance of Bible content is not a problem limited to third world countries, such as where we currently live. It is an increasingly world-wide challenge, as worldly pleasures compete more and more for our time. This isn’t just a challenge for children and youth, but it affects all ages. So, I would like to challenge you to make Bible knowledge a priority in your family. Help your children become students of the Word.
If there is one thing I’d like to stress, it is that we should not underestimate the minds of little children! They are FAR MORE capable than we often realize. Most two and three year old children are capable of learning all of the books of the Bible, from memory! You may find that you have some catching up to do, and that’s okay, as long as you recognize the need and you are willing to do something about it. Learn together with your children.
So far I have the list finished for the Old Testament. Please know that this list is just a starting place! It is in no way a complete list of all relevant events in the Old Testament. Keep in mind that one of the reasons I am compiling these lists is so that I can have them translated into Swahili so that they can be shared with parents who absolutely do not know how to go about teaching their children, as well as people who are “starting from scratch” in their Bible knowledge, such as new converts.
Yesterday George preached a great lesson on Responsibilities of Husbands and Wives. In all likelihood that’s the first of its kind for many of the listeners yesterday. We ended the day with a baptism of a young man who has been studying with our translator for a couple of months. We have great hopes for this young man – he has truly been a searcher. You can read more about it at our travelblog: http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Tanzania/Centre/Iringa/blog-613978.html
My favorite fast food would be Taco Bell. At this time it is only a memory; nothing of the sort available where we live. 🙂
We had lunch a couple of hours ago and my husband and children thanked me for the meal. They are always so gracious to thank the cook, whoever it might be, after every meal, and my husband has been the greatest teacher of this habit to our children, through his example.
We stayed at home where it is safe. We didn’t do anything exciting, except when the clock struck we went outside and the family made some noise, as we watched people on the hill near our house have a huge bonfire and make noise of their own. Our house is disassembled as we are in the final stages of preparing to move. We’ll load the truck this coming Tuesday. Happy New Year!