Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bob's Thoughts: Nigeria Day 9

Bob is in Nigeria right now as part of a short term trip with Wycliffe Associates.  You can find out more HERE.  You can read the previous journals here; Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6, Day 7, Day 8


I got to eat dinner at the Rowbory's tonight, and they're very friendly people. David is from Scotland, and Julie is from Ireland, and their kids are right on par with Lydia and Caleb. They're terrific people. They showed me how their gas stove worked and how their washing machine worked and how their water filter worked and what they canned and froze. They said that milkshake mixes were great for slushies (they called them “lollies”), and they get them shipped from the US. We had pizza, which was pretty good, and had some vienna sausages on it which gave it some meat taste along with onions and cheese. It was pretty good. She said she made the crust herself from scratch from a recipe online.

I have been asked a couple times what my impressions have been coming here, and I'm not sure what to say. I think I've been encouraged that it doesn't seem overwhelming to me; I can see other people doing it and it doesn't look too impossible. I think it's clarified in my mind some of the dangers, irritations and risks that were just academic to me before. They seem real to me now. However, the realities that people really do deal with these just fine on a daily basis encourages me even more, and the fact that they're willing to help us is key. This will be a terrific group of people to live with. I don't think I could do the living out in the village thing: I still have respect for the people gearing up to do that with their lives because I don't think I could hack it. However, living in the city with other missionaries and the community that's here looks very doable to me and part of me is even looking forward to it.
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