Wednesday, June 13, 2007

the bush cont....














ok, so after lunch we drove out to the "lake." it's not really a lake now because it has dried up because of the heat and the lack of rain. they said that when the rains come next month we would be in water over our heads. we learned another interesting thing about creation yesterday too. they said that this lake is teeming with fish. we looked at each other a little questioningly. he noticed our doubt and went on to explain that the fish burrow deep down into the mud and hibernate for the dry season. when the rainy season hits again and the lake fills up then the fish come back out of the mud and spawn and there are more fish than they could ever hope to catch. our god has created an amazing world...
after the lake we drove out to konoton, a small village in the middle of nowhere. i don't think the kids had seen white people before. that was exciting for all of us. =) we have also come to conclude that ellen is the 8th wonder of the world. they just can't get enough of her. we spent the evening with the people of the village and then hit the road for home. it has been such a blessing to meet the believers in these small villages. you can tell they are truly happy to see you and love you as a brother or sister in christ. there is a real spiritual connection. we also got to help them pump water out of their well. that was an adventure in itself.
still loving being here....can't wait to get back to that village.

4 comments:

jared said...

What unbelievable pictures!! National Geographic has nothing on you! I wish we were there! What an adventure! How's the BBQ'ed bat? And now for the question on everyones mind... What the worst food you've eaten thus far? What's the most normal food you've eaten? What's the biggest thing you've learned already?

scott, tessa and ellen said...

ok...bbq bat, haven't tried that yet and i'm not sure i'm going to get enough courage to pull that off. i'll let you know if and when i do. worst food? well, the millet was a little strange but it wasn't all that bad. the only reason i would choose the millet is because it seemed a little sandy to the teeth. the best food...that's easy. a couple nights ago we made up some burgers and french fries. not quite the same as the states but definitely close enough. the biggest thing i have learned would be the fact that my faith is too small. the malian people are always praising god for everything. there is not an event that takes place without the lord being praised for it. in the states i think god gets a little "ordinary" to some people. i have really been challenged to not let my god become "ordinary" but to acknowledge him in everything i do.

Dan and Marcy said...

Wow!! How awesome it is to not only "see Mali" thru your eyes, but especially in light of the REASON YOU ARE THERE. For His Glory, of course. And seeing the people thru His eyes gives compassion and love that transcends cultural differences. Amazing!! Thanks for sharing your lives with us in this great way thru making time for updating your blogspot. Praying for you!!

Sharon said...

wow that is awesome i wish that i could have come there with you all! but bougouni is nice and a lot less hectic than bamako, so i think you all will like it!