At a minimum, we walk to our teammates, the Lehman’s, house once a week. That is where the six of us gather every Sunday to sing worship songs that we actually know and where the guys take turns leading us in communion. Most weeks, Cass and I also make this walk to meet with Lorie for core questions (something like an accountability time/girls’ small group). Since the SIL Center is right across the street from the Lehman’s, we make this walk even more frequently to buy our internet tickets or top up the minutes on our Digicel phones.
Here is what that walk looks like.
This is our front yard. Once you’re outside the gate, you turn right and this is what you see:
This is a bet maket—basically, a little stand where people sell things. In this case—and what you find most of the time—buai (betelnut—basically a nut containing a mild stimulant that many people here chew and stains their teeth red). These people are also our neighbors; their house backs to the backside of ours. They greet the kids by name and are always friendly.
After you jump over the mini ravine there, you’re almost there! See the fences up ahead? Those belong to the SIL Center compound. That’s where we buy our internet and phone minutes. The road curves left up ahead and here is what you see.
This is the SIL Center with the gate open and Simon—our friend/handyman/husband-of-our-language-helper—is about to let one of the SIL vehicles into the compound. The managers of this center–Joe and Heather Patrick–have been so generous and kind in helping us find our feet here.See the gray wooden fence on the right? That is the Lehman’s house.
It, like many things here, has become familiar after ten weeks of living here. We are thankful that in God’s providence, we are just a short walk away from our teammates house. God has known this walk all along and we are thankful to walk it with Him every week.