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Other Pilgrims Who Crossed the Atlantic

Nothing about Africa in November seems to suggest its time for Thanksgiving. It’s still hot and no one in town is playing Christmas songs. This means we have to work harder to make it feel like home. Holiday traditions become more significant. In that spirit, on Thanksgiving Day, we joined our team in the reading of a historical fiction account of three young Pilgrims who settled in Plymouth. As the story was read I couldn’t help but think of some similarities between us and the Pilgrims (there aren’t many):

  • Like the Pilgrims we have left the place of our upbringing to make our home in a foreign land.
  • The new environment forces us to acquire new skills to persevere as it did for them.
  • We could say that our pilgrimages were both prompted by religious motives: the preservation of the faith on one hand and the propagation of the faith on the other.
  • Like the Pilgrims, we have much to thank God for in this season: plenty of food, health, and the privileges of peace with God–to name just a few.

Unlike the Pilgrims, we were able to place a call to our families who couldn’t be with us for the holiday. It has been a blessed first Thanksgiving in Africa. We trust you are also mindful of God’s grace in this season as well.

November 23, 2012   2 Comments

Harvest Party

Last Saturday, we participated in the annual Harvest Party with the Mwanza evangelical expat community. The Howells started this tradition. Now Beth Roark is keeping it alive and our family was able to host the event. We enjoyed the fellowship with other Christians, ate good food, and had fun with the festivities.  Activities included dressing in costumes, apple bobbing, seed spitting, and watermelon carving (pumpkins are not readily available). Ian dressed up as Superbaby, Matt as  Superman, and I, of course, was Lois Lane. We had a great time connecting with other workers here in the Mwanza area.

November 2, 2012   No Comments