“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Monday, August 16, 2010
For the Sake Of His Great Name
I have added a blog back to my "Blogs I like to read" list. I have always loved reading it, but I had switched it to a ministry blog list, and now I forget to scroll down there and read it.
The Denny's are friends of ours from Church. They live in Senegal where Wayne teaches at the seminary. Their blog is funny, and real, and exciting, and can give all of us a real taste of what it is like to be a missionary in another country, different culture, and under extraordinary circumstances.
Here is a recent excerpt from their blog:
You know you live in Africa when...
You are so excited that the power has been on for the last 20 hours that you don't even care that it's off now.
Your 3 year old routinely shouts out "Power's off!" or "Power's on!" as it goes off and on.
The same 3 year old puts her baby doll to bed and is sure to put a "mosquito net" over her so she doesn't get bit.
You learn to go to sleep to the sound of fans, your neighbors generators, and the other neighbors sheep.
You go to the grocery store and say hi to everybody who works there, not just say hi, but have a conversation with everybody as well.
You are actually expected to go meet your neighbors when you move in and they love having you come in whenever you stop by.
You see sheep riding on the top of taxis.
You have people come up to you on the beach and say "You're really white, you're not from here, are you."
You know the wattage of every appliance in your house so that you know if you can run it on your back up battery system or not. Fan - yes. TV - yes. Microwave - no. Iron - no.
You sometimes drive on the dirt part next to the paved road because there are less potholes.
You tell people how to get to your house by saying "Turn left between the 2 pink houses after the 2nd speed bump..." or "Just drive to the back of the high school and call me, I'll come find you."
During the rainy season, you change the route you take certain places because you don't have 4 wheel drive and you know you won't make it through the puddle that covers the entire road.
We're still learning, and every day is a new adventure here!
Please read and enjoy, and don't forget to hold this special family up in your prayers. :)