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Suzanna is dressed patriotically even though she looks “Christmassy!” Because our country is hosting some world-wide sporting events, our city has been sprucing up, putting on a better appearance for the thousands of visitors who will arrive. Utility posts have been painted the national colors – red and green - and look like Christmas socks!
For 2 months, beggars are being paid to stay out of sight. It seems strange not to be besieged by them at all the intersections!
Richard is waiting for the dentist to clean his teeth, while Suzanna is sitting with him, dreading her turn. Being barefoot in the dentist chair seems strange to us. Of course we never wear shoes in homes, but it is also expected that we remove them in some offices and in hospitals. There are no women working in the dental office. In fact, it is extremely rare to see women working anywhere except as household helpers.
Most children here never receive toys. A co-worker took this picture of this little fellow who was so proud of his wagon. He made the wheels with CDs he found in the trash and sticks. We often see children using stones for playing ball games.
This sign is in front of the grocery store where we buy western foods. We promise that when we spot a car driving itself we will post a picture on our website!
We attended a lovely wedding between a couple from 2 different tribes.
The church was packed with people standing plus others outside. The meal was served family style, and we were fortunate to be in the first “shift.” There are no silverware. All eating is done with the right hand. The delicious foods included rice, dahl (red lentil soup), boiled eggs, chicken, cooked vegetables. Unlike American weddings, no wedding cake nor desserts of any kind are served.
As a table of folks finish eating, their dishes are quickly washed and their serving bowls are refilled for the next group of diners.
Crashes with deaths and injuries are very common in this crowded country. We are thankful our friends who were on this train were not injured. At least 8 were killed and more than 25 injured.
With no mass transit system in this country, roads are always overcrowded. Many times streets are more like a parking lot. It takes hours to travel short distances.
A recent holiday had the streets filled with nearly a million jubilant men! Richard and a friend were delayed for several hours trying to return home.
Trust in the Lord with your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
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