Hard to believe this time in Mibu has come to a close. Hard to leave our co-workers, and hard to leave when it feels like there is so much left to do. Yet we are so encouraged with the church body at large, and know it is not only we Americans who have the abilities to lead and the Holy Spirit to convict!
On the last two Sundays, we had the opportunity to watch two good friends get baptized in a fish pond, were able to finish teaching through 1st Corinthians, support the local leadership by addressing some issues the church is dealing with, and help prepare for the short term team visiting Husas this week. We enjoyed Skyler’s new pet with her (something like a bush o’possum), inventoried our food and toiletries for our next trip out, and said what felt like hundreds of good-byes. I’m not sure if it’s a standard leave-taking around here or not, but a few of my friends always leave me saying, “You know, I might die while you are gone…!” As if all the goodbyes aren’t hard enough already!!!
On our ride into town from the airstrip, Brooke talked with the driver about leaving the bush. Most town people still have roots in a bush village. He came to town as his children grew up to provide higher education for them – high school, teacher’s college, etc. Brooke told him we were leaving for some of the same reasons. It was insightful to hear his ideals – from a very educated, well dressed, articulate town man with a good job… he said, “What I love the most is to be back in the village, to get outside early in the morning and work for a few hours in my (food) garden on my land as the sun comes up. Then, I want to sit on my hill, overlooking the valley and the land, and have time to sit and talk with the other men, and live with my family there around me.” I love understanding better the full circle of many of the village person’s ideal thoughts of living in town and be able to just buy food at a store, and live in the hustle and bustle of town surrounded by so many other people. 🙂
Thank you for your prayers for a smooth and safe trip back to the desert from the tropics!
Love in Christ,
Joey and Brooke Tartaglia
Shiloh, Marietta, and Solomon