Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

Greetings!

It has been about two months since our last update, and we apologize for the lack. We want to make sure that you understand that this was a planned absence, although we certainly had hoped to be able to send out more updates than we have. We are planning on returning to a regular update schedule this month. Also, please be aware that for security reasons we will be changing the ways that we use Facebook. Our heart is to maintain relationships and to let everyone know about what He is doing here, and we will do everything that we can to do this safely.

It seems crazy to me that only 2 months have passed since our arrival here on Clove Island. To say that our world paradigm has shifted is an understatement in the extreme. Just about every detail about our lives has changed – from what the weather will be like, the neighborhood around us, how our neighbors interact with us, our activities during the day. There is too much to explain even if I were to write a 20 page explanation. I will spare you all that for now, although I hope that you will begin to understand what things are like here as we work towards sharing our lives with you.

For now, hopefully these pictures will be a good start:

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A picture of our team enjoying our Thanksgiving Day feast together. We are wonderfully blessed to have many women who love cooking amazing food!

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Seraphina sitting with one of the boys from our home stay family. Children know no cultural boundaries, and Phinny has made the transition much better than either of her parents!

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This is a picture that we took while on a picnic with our home stay family. We went far enough upstream to where there was almost no garbage in the water, and washed all of our clothing (running water makes it SO much easier!). Afterwards, we took a quick dip and ate breadfruit and fresh fish which were roasted over a fire next to the river. Delicious!

This is what the coastline looks like to various degrees wherever the cities are. While everyone hates it, most are resigned to it as a fact of life that will not be changing in the near future.

We live in a place of breathtaking beauty… He has made such a beautiful place!

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Christmas breakfast. Did I mention that I am blessed to have wonderful and talented cooks who make us delightful food?

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Melissa and I on a hike to the top of the highest peak on Clove Island. The hike was beautiful, but incredibly treacherous – but that’s a story for a different time!