Last weekend was a full one for our family. Winter and David went to their first ever youth retreat. They had times of worship and teaching, lots of fun games, community service, a picture scavenger hunt and a progressive dinner. On Wednesday the night the girls stayed at our house. It was a good experience for both kids.
While the kids were having their own fun, my friend Heidi and I invited our friend Aquila and her family over for pizza. I have been scared to invite an Afghan family over for a meal. Would I be a good enough host? Would I make something they liked to eat? Would I make enough? So Heidi and I decided to combine forces and decided on pizza because we knew that our friend’s family liked pizza. It was a fun evening of talking and enjoying good food. For dessert we had cookies that Heidi has brought and lemon tea which we had learned to make while in Tajikstan. We talked about school, kids, travel, and our hopes for Afghanistan. Aquila’s grandsons enjoyed playing with Heidi’s boys as you can see from the picture and below that one is a picture of Heidi and me with our friends.
On Thursday, ISK had a Christmas bazaar with locals bringing in their wares to sell. There were carpets, leather goods, jewelry, embroidered items, and chadaars (scarves). I was able to help the ladies who had come to my house when Nana was here be a part of this event. I have no idea how much they sold but they seemed to enjoy having a chance to show off their wares and make a few sales. Of course I even found a few good deals to round out my Christmas gifts for the year.
Noel and I ended the day with a double date with another couple from ISK (the international school). We enjoyed some Lebanese food and talking about our lives. It is neat to see how God is using this couple in the lives of the kids at the school including Winter and David. The husband is the kid’s science teacher and is often referred to as a mad scientist.
Friday it was nice to attend big group and then just enjoy some time together at home as a family. We rounded out the evening with eating pizza and Christmas goodies with the director at my school. The kids really liked the pizza because the wife didn’t use sauce just lots of cheese and toppings. We enjoyed hearing about the director and his wife’s experiences as they have lived in Singapore and Argentina before moving to Afghanistan.
Some things to pray for this week.
1. The king air is getting ferried to Florida. Pray for good weather and safe travels. Once there is will get some new engines and a few other fixes.
2. The kids and I will finish the last two weeks before break well.
3. Safety and wisdom for Noel and the other pilots as they do what they do each day.
4. Christmas often brings questions even though it is not celebrated here. Pray that we will give answers that will draw others to Jesus the reason for the season.