|We are very thankful for a COMPLETE roof over our heads!|
We are very fortunate because the wonderful woman who owns the building that our chapel is located in raises turkeys and is giving us one!! We are thankful for her kindness. She told us her Cook would have it ready on Wednesday, "...in the flesh"! We are not sure what that means but I KNOW we will find out!!!
|We are thankful for FOOD to eat! These are the pinto beans!|
We are thankful for an actual floor, not dirt! We are thankful for walls that stay up in the storms of Bujumbura! The longer we live here, we see how very much we have taken for granted in our lives. I read a great thought that could make a big difference in many people's lives."Live more simply so others can live."
We are very grateful for RUNNING WATER! This is our sink and as you can see there is a hose that hooks up a water purifying system. The church makes sure that all missionaries have this filtered water. We are so thankful! There are so many illnesses and deaths caused by the unfiltered water. Such things as intestinal illnesses, like cholera and parasitic infections and a miriad of other life threatening problems occur with land water. In Luputa, the church has saved over 240,000 lives in the past two years by having the members dig ditches and then providing pipes and water systems for many miles. The whole story is in one of our past blogs.
I am thankful for FLOWERS and all the BEAUTIES OF THE EARTH! I am thankful for my Husband! HE IS WONDERFUL, TOO! He walks each morning at 5:45 and after a big
wind storm, he will pick up the beautiful flowers that have blown off and bring them home for me to enjoy!
I am thankful to have a safe, warm bed to rest my body on. As you can see in the two photos below, there are many here without that blessing. The park on the left always has people sleep there.You can see three . The next photo I took from our vehicle, she was there the next day, too. The following day she was sitting up with her feet in the rain gutter with outstretched hands, pleading for help. I saw passers-by giving to help her. May Father bless her and the many more like her.
|This man has legs that are not functional! So the chain to the trike is up on the handlebars so he uses his arms instead of his legs to power the trike. There is no motor, it is arm powered! Ingenious and such a blessing to so many!!|
|We are thankful for DRY, PAVED ROADS! No explanation needed!|
|We are thankful for CELL PHONES! This is a Telephone Public as printed on the side.|
|We are thankful for WORK! It is always a blessing to see people working! There are millions here who just wait around on the streets with nothing to do! Work is such a blessing to assist in caring for their families!|
|In this land, we are thankful that Father in Heaven sent an Apostle to bless this land and dedicate it for the establishment and spread of His gospel to His children.|
|We are thankful for TEARS OF JOY by those who will recieve these great blessings!|
|We are thankful that the Priesthood of God has been given to all of His children!|
|We are thankful for the ordinance of Baptism!|
|We are thankful for the patience of those in outlying areas who are pleading for the church to come to their village!|
|We are thankful for the interesting ANIMAL LIFE that Father has given all of his children to enjoy. It is a measure of His love!|
|We are thankful for DIFFERENT CULTURES that we can learn about, enjoy and appreciate!!|
|We are thankful for the one-on-one teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by all of the many missionaries all over the world (including our own son), that carry the spirit of the Savior's love into the lives of seeking, listening hearts.|
May we not take for granted ALL that we are blessed with...........................................and may we remember to "live simply so others can live!"