Day by day, we are settling into our new home…Sierra Leone. We’ve been blessed by Gabe and Sada Herrera as they have cared for us and helped us get familiar with our surroundings, permits, banking, grocery shopping, etc… Everything takes time here. On Friday we went into the city and I later counted 7 different places we visited just to buy groceries. THERE ARE NO WALMARTS HERE! Small stores and street stands sell specific things, not a variety, so numerous stops are necessary. Today we marked 2 more significant things off the list, and Tom went to several shops for plumbing supplies. Once again, there is no one-stop shopping for building materials.
We’ve met most of the people we will be working alongside at the HOPE CENTER and look forward to getting all the loose ends tied up so we can dive into the action. We also can’t wait to visit old friends that we’ve met over the last three years at Hosetta School and other organizations, as well as Alison Marsh of Mission Direct.
Our apartment is very nice. FBC Arlington has sent crates over the last 18 months with supplies for the Center and clinic, and furnishings for three apartments. We are quite comfortable and have more than we need. The kitchen is stocked with dishes, pots & pans, etc…and there is even a refrigerator. A generator is run from 7pm till 7am, so if we avoid opening the frig door during the day things stay plenty cold and we can buy food for several days as opposed to daily for perishables. We have a water filer that cleans the tap water, but we also keep bottled for when we go out.
We’ll close for now, but please know that we thank you for your prayers and support! Without YOU none of this would be possible!! It’s all for the Kingdom!