As for our house, we are living at a Methodist Mission in Brikama which is the hub of transportation, enabling us to go out to the different fellowships. With living in Brikama comes the blessing of electricity and running water! Keep in mind it is still cold and we still have to hand wash clothing, but life is just a little simpler with a few less stresses. Here are some pictures, mind you there is a flash on the camera so the green is not as bright as it appears:
The front of the house from the neighbors property, the open door is ours but the house is a duplex so the concrete block that juts out is where our side ends
This is the kitchen as you walk in the front door, the sink is to the right, sideways picture is of the stove, fridge and counter that the refrigerator holds up, and the last picture is of our cupboard and water filter
The dining room plus the extra bed that was here when we moved in, the kitchen is just through doorway off to the left
the living room
the back door
sink (that doesn't work), shower and flushing toilet!
This is most of our house and it is actually quite big. We have some neighbor puppies that like to wander through every now and then along with many birds and even some monkeys (I'll post those pictures later).
Now onto the conference. On Tuesday the 12th we left for a conference in Senegal with all of the EMM workers in West Africa (Gambia and Guinea Bissau) along with leaders from West Africa and Claire Good (EMM's area representative to Africa). We stayed at an old school there and had many sessions on leadership led by John and Loice Byler. We stayed at the conference until Friday morning when we left for our retreat. The conference went well and I think that there was a lot of material that was very beneficial for the West African leaders and those of us that are helping lead here in West Africa.
The first picture is of John teaching and the second is of John and Loice (on the right) chatting during a break
Lastly this takes us to the EMM workers retreat where John and Loice also taught. We were privileged to go to a beautiful eco-retreat on the ocean from Friday until Monday morning. This was only for the EMM workers in West Africa joined by Claire Good and John and Loice. This was a time for a much needed rest for many with some time for play and time for learning. We were able to swim in the ocean, play cards, read, have a bonfire on the beach two of the nights an even catch crabs to roast on the fire at night if you were Elias or some of the YESers from Guinea Bissau. It was a very secluded and quiet area where we had the beach almost entirely to ourselves with the exception of a couple people here and there. It was just a nice time of no work, hot showers, compost toilets to be eco-friendly and comfortable beds. Here are some pictures, but they certainly don't do justice to the beauty of the location:
Our (Elias and I) lodge
Cows free roaming on the beach, something you don't see everyday
having fun in front of beautiful sunsets
The Guinea Bissau workers (YES team and long term workers)
So that about wraps up our adventures throughout the past few weeks. If you've bared with us this long you are doing really well and we thank you. Please feel free to leave comments or questions about anything that we wrote here. Blessings to all of you and thank you for your continued support!
-That we will learn the language well
-For bonding with those around us
-For continued health
-For Claire Good and a young man named Onan who will be traveling back to the States tomorrow evening
-We had a wonderful time of rest and time with God
-We are back home in our own house!
-We will now have more time to study language and visit those in the fellowships