Sunday January 6, 2019

Luke 21:29-32 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you this generation will not pass away until all has taken place.”

Thank heavens for the celebration of the Sabbath here on the mission. After all that driving and traveling yesterday, our whole family is exhausted. I did however do laundry, and a lot of it. I ended up having three buckets full of wash and that is no task for the weary, but with Jeff’s help we were done in a little over an hour. We had bought some thermals to wear Friday evening in the mountains, but that also meant that on top of our 2 days’ worth of clothes we had the new ones and all of our sweatshirts. And even though this job is quite exhausting, it is also very rewarding. It feels so good to accomplish this task in a way that I have never done prior to coming here. And while I really do miss our washing machine, I am better able to scrub dirt and stains out of our clothing and I think that the hand-washing is much better for our clothes and probably helping them to last longer. So, for another 3 weeks I will be enjoying the duty of washing clothes in buckets while having a much bigger appreciation for our washing machine at home. And with all that being said, I can definitely see myself doing a bit more hand-washing and scrubbing of some clothes and not relying on our washing machine to get stains and dirt out of them.

There was a bit of excitement on the mission today. Prior to Christmas they had received several boxes of pre-wrapped gifts from a donor in Canada, but not all of her lot had arrived; today it did! The kids here on the mission were all very excited to open another Christmas gift, filled with books, journals, coloring books, activity books, etc. On top of that, another donor had arranged for a snack cart to come to the mission for the children. It was like a mini-Christmas celebration in January.

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