Much Rejoicing

Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2009

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Next week marks two months exactly that I have lived in Burundi, and I think perhaps I'm beginning to feel a little bit at home here.  I still stand out freakishly and hear calls of "Muzungu" nearly every time I set foot outside the gates of our house, but I can at least respond with a few strategic greeting phrases in Kirundi now, though my using them does seem to be reason for much mirth from native speakers.  Two things have happened this week that make me feel more settled.
The first was that I found a definite place to live until I return to the U.S. next spring.  Several options have seemed viable during the past few weeks, but they all seemed to either fall through or not fit into my budget.  Last week, however, I met an American couple who have 9 (so far) adopted Burundian children.  Just before we left, Melli mentioned that they had been looking for a tutor for their 3 oldest daughters but that she would probably end up teaching them herself.  I thought about volunteering but wanted to give it some thought before I offered to do more than would be possible.  By last Saturday, I had decided I could easily do it, especially since no lesson planning would be involved, and then before I even had a chance to call them, we ran into Melli and some of the kids at the beach.  When I told her I could tutor the girls, she gave me a big hug and said she had just been praying for God to send someone that morning and then asked if I had found a place to live yet.  When I said no, she told me they had been hanging onto an empty apartment in town to house the tutor, and that I could live in it in exchange for the tutoring.  This is most definitely an answer to the prayers for my housing as well.  I've been to see the apartment and I love it!  You'll have to wait for pictures, though, because I'll wait until it's actually ready to live in to post them.
The second grand occurrence was that after 4 weeks in transit, my first envelope of goodies from home has arrived.  Thank you so much to everyone at Northgate for the treasures!!!!  I assure you they will all be very much enjoyed.  I have discovered that chocolate bars that have traveled across two continents and an ocean arrive in somewhat different form than they began the journey, but they're definitely still edible.  Thank you again and again!
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Roger to Christy
God certainly does answer prayer, doesn't He! That is wonderful about your housing coming at no financial cost to you. I'm SO glad I'm on your mailing list. BTW I'll try to help your folks in every way I can with their current housing problem. It's so great that the ins is paying for their motel, and also recarpeting the entire house. They deserve it. It's almost a blessing in disguise, except for the inconvenience for 2-3 weeks. May God bless you every day as you serve Him.

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