>> April 13, 2011
LaRae and her husband are missionaries in a Muslim country in West Africa, where they are developing a public health clinic to serve the medical needs of the people in their village. They live with occasional electricity and running water, and have a son who is 3 years old.
Reasons I’m thankful I live in Africa:
- I’m reminded to take time for relationships on a daily basis
- Life has that “back to the basics” feel
- My worldview is constantly challenged and broadened
- Going home for visits is so much sweeter
- I'm actually getting to know the people where I shop, they're not just another face at the store
- My son gets to learn that there is more to life than toys
- I see a million things to be thankful for that usually I take for granted, such as:
- Brown rice
- Whole wheat flour
- Raisins without worms
- Outlets that work
- Running water
- Balls in the States that don’t go flat the same day you buy them
- A healthy baby
- Death is a part of life, so when its time for someone to go, the people here let go and don’t try to hang on for hours/days/months/years.
- Fruits and veggies are family grown and taste so much better
- The opportunity to see how the 10 commandments really do keep us happier. There is no hope for a people who do not abide by God's basic moral principles.
Reasons I wish I lived in a developed country:
- Sugar is clean (and bug-free) when I buy it
- Beans are more or less bug-free when I buy them
- The salt is actually salty
- There are relatively few insects in the house
- I can just up and go to the store or a friend’s house with out much prior planning
- I can expect good internet and phone service
- No one is going to scam me on the price of veggies (or anything else) just because my skin is a different color
- I can find pretty much anything I want or need without much trouble or too much money
- Health care is accessible (I suppose this is debatable depending on the country)
- There are many spiritual resources in my language
Maybe this is why I’m in Africa. I have a lot to learn.
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