Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Today we went to help this young man move some corrugated roofing material (in the background).  This is a picture of him, Daniel, two nephews, his sister and his mother and I.  He is the only one in his family who is a member of our church.  His family was so friendly and welcoming and grateful for our help.  In the background, you can see a charcoal fire with some pots and pans around it.  On the right, on top of a lid, you can see a small object, which is one of the little cake tins his mother was baking little cakes in.  As we prepared to leave, she wrapped some warm cakes in newspaper and gave them to us. It warmed our hearts to have such kindness from a woman we had never met before.  Most people in Congo do their cooking outside like this.  It is amazing to see all the wonderful things they cook.  We see people cooking all day long this way to prepare food for their families.  This parcel where their home was, was so clean and nice - a tribute to the family, because there is no garbage pickup system here.  Daniel's sister was washing her family's clothes in buckets on the other side of the parcel and was hanging them neatly on some clotheslines.  We wish we could get our whites as white as most of the clothes washed here in buckets are.

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