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03/31/12 Saying Goodbye to South Asia! (Part 1)
April 15, 2009, we first set foot on South Asia soil! How these 3 years have flown! We have taken literally thousands of pictures and only posted a few on our family website. Below are a few pictures (all current except the first 2, dating back 3 years ago) to give you a glimpse into our life here as we prepare to move back to America.
We each brought 3 suitcases and a backpack for 3 years.
Our first rickshaw ride, before Suzanna bought more culturally appropriate clothing
Recent visit to a school for slum children near our home
This school cannot afford paper and pencils, so they use chalkboards
On another recent visit, the school was celebrating an important patriotic holiday,
and we had the privilege to pray and sing with them!
At our international church, these tribal young people sang original songs they composed in their heart language.
These boys have no store-bought toys but were having great fun rolling these old bicycle tires with their sticks. It takes such a little to bring a smile to the poor!
We are constantly facing beggars, but these little boys were some of the most heart-breaking we have encountered.
Shrimp here give new definition to “jumbo!”
These goat heads were for sale in a nice market that caters to western customers
Fresh vegetables and fruits are colorfully displayed. We recently bought our first watermelon of the season, and it was delicious! The corn in our garden will soon be ready to eat!
Fabric shops are abundant
Our country has many garment factories. Perhaps the clothes you are wearing now were purchased here! In addition, tailors have little shops and even work on the streets.
No TV? You can watch cricket through the store window!
Students from another school near our home love to talk with us through the fence
This lovely young woman did an interpretative dance with a lighted candle in a bottle on top of her head!
These gracious neighbors fed us a tasty, traditional meal
Children who visit love to play with Penny, and the feeling is mutual; Penny loves the attention
Speaking of Penny, we are cooking her favorite foods, purchased locally where chickens are killed and sold – heads, feet, etc.
We are very sad to be leaving our South Asian friends!
We recently welcomed back some friends from America and celebrated a birthday!
Friends from NZ had lunch with us
“. . . The corn is as high as an elephant's eye, An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky. Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day. . .” (Actually it’s not morning but is a hot afternoon (96F, with real feel of 102F)
We were honored when a group of friends invited us for a time of farewell prayer and fellowship
At a farewell celebration, we enjoyed delicious chocolate cake! Who cares that Richard’s name is missing an “R!”
To see more photos, find us on Facebook (Richard-Suzanna Hanham)!
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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