Unfortunately our new MAF house is not complete so between 27th and 31st Dec we were busy packing and moving to a temporary home on compound. Yes, there were tears at leaving our first home in Liberia, moving farther from play mates that have been immediate neighbours and become close friends and lessons to be learned about the temporal nature of life here on earth, when a piece of furniture fell from the truck and some treasured possessions got damaged.
In all of it I have been constantly reminded to find the grace and strength for this season through deliberate thankfulness. God is good and as our family continues to look forward to a new home there are many things to be thankful for every day;
- We enjoyed some wonderful days celebrating Christmas, relaxing at the beach and enjoying family time.
- Fostering Beulah for this season has been refreshing for my soul...her wonder and amazement at so many things that are new to her but had become part of the scenery for me. (I'm going miss our morning walks together!)
- Our temporary house has the most amazing beach view from the lounge where I can enjoy my coffee and soak up Gods splendour
- We have amazing friends and workers here that gave up their family time over Christmas and were so helpful in getting us moved.
While we were busy with our own transition and remained on the compound for most of Christmas break the nation of Liberia voted in the second round of elections. We are thankful that the elections were peaceful with a jubilant mood in the city on the day the results were announced (we know because we found ourselves stuck in the traffic for 5 hours that day!!). The Inauguration of George Weah (former footballer) takes place on 22nd January. Pray for wisdom, integrity and humility as he leads this country. Pray that the coming years would be a time of stability and development for Liberia.
Whilst stuck in traffic on the day the results were announced we saw quite a few sights we normally miss because we go by them much faster. Amongst the things that caught my eye was this dining set....a location for a future date night perhaps? maybe not...the odour was not exactly likely to give you an appetite!