|Red meets green meets blue!|
|This is what we looked like when we arrived!|
|Making block from a termite mound.|
It was also a different experience because it was the first time that Shirley had traveled with us. We are totally capable of really roughing it (take a walk with a shovel to go to the bathroom, a quick bucket bath in the middle of the pineapple field under the stars and sleeping in a grass mat house), but of course, Mama Shirley waited on us hand and foot. She brought new sheets and pillows and blankets for us to use, she never stopped cooking (and even brought special ingredients with her so she could make doughnuts for us), heated up bath water for us at night and made sure we had more than what we needed. We joked about the Mama Shirley Guest House in Sinoe (which they plan to have by 2015, and coincidently, Mama Shirley runs the guest house at Carver Mission, where our guests frequently stay).
We made a quick trip into Greenville to buy some supplies and to get a few things to complete our Christmas shopping list, but other than that, we stayed out in the village. Life is so simple and slow and quiet--but there's so much hard, manuel labor that goes on non-stop to just live. I felt pretty stinkin' lazy...especially because between Shirley and the kids, we pretty much couldn't ever lift a finger. But on Tuesday night, we did something pretty special for the village. Pastor has the full set up to show the Jesus film, so we showed the movie in Kru (the local dialect) on a projector and big screen in the front yard. It was pitch black dark, but people just kept coming--I'd say there was 100-200 people sitting, standing and laying out in the front yard watching the movie. It was a pretty surreal experience--sitting in a hut in the middle of the bush in Africa, watching the Jesus film in a language you can't understand, with people clapping every time Jesus performed a miracle! Pretty amazing!
|The road after the rain...deep as an entire tire!|
|After I showed the Old Ma her photo, she couldn't stop laughing...beautiful joy!|
|Ah hmm...our dinner.|
|The current school building.|
|The soon-to-be school building.|
|Getting water from the creek.|
|Carrying water home.|
|This girl cooked non-stop!|
|This village is moving up...making homemade streetlights!|
|Dusty road when there's no rain. Dust cloud!|