Friday, May 15, 2015

Perspective on My Problems

Tomorrow, back to the North! 

When we left, we were experiencing little power, phone, internet and even had our first ever water problems.

I was talking with Zelalem, a father of six who lives across the pasture. He made reference to our lack of power and said, “Wow, it’s been difficult and now you have no water.” I was personally in a funky mood because it was feeling difficult and we crossed the threshold of losing all contents of our refrigerator, rapidly moving towards losing everything in our freezer. I smiled and said, “Yeah, but Zelalem, every day, you have no water in your house, you never have power, so I can’t tell you it’s difficult.” He smiled, “Oh, but you are a foreigner and for you it is hard.” I laughed and replied, "but let’s look at our problems together, I have never had to haul water like your wife does." With a big grin, he responded, “Okay, when we look at our problems, mine are bigger."

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Can you lift these things up in prayer with us?

-Countrywide elections on May 24th.

-Safe, uneventful trips over the coming days (flights, vehicles)

-Visas and work permits!  We are in need of a renewal and multiple factors complicate this, hoping that all would smoothly be concluded by our departure date!

-Good attitudes, regardless of conveniences (but I am really hoping for power!) ;)



Christen Leigh said...

Praying for you guys & so excited to have you back in less than a month--woohoo!

Justin Ooms said...

Praying for your safe return!

sarah.flyingkites said...

This post made me cry.

And when I put my "problems" up against YOUR problems: yours are bigger ;) Thanks for the perspective!