We are almost to the half-way point in our training. It has been so good so far. Two weekends ago our assignment was to go without electricity for the whole weekend because it is quite common to be without for hours or days in our country. It doesn't seem like it should be a hard task but it was challenging especially since the sun goes down so early. I hurried to get as many things done before lights went out and set our phones to use as the alarm clock. We had our flashlights to walk around and even to read by, but we went to bed much earlier than usual. Lynn was brave and had a coooold shower but I decided to wait. You should try it!
What I have enjoyed most is having lunch and discussion times with our affinity group (that is, all the countries in the Sub-Sahara area) The missionaries that have been with us have shared stories and experiences from their own times. They have been so encouraging and yet realistic about what we will face. We will go through culture shock, they say, no matter how well we think we have learned new ways. We are hoping that you all will write us and pray for us continually especially during the first few months.
We are enjoying the beautiful fall days here. The leaves are now beginning to fall but they have been glorious in yellows, golds, and reds. Nights and mornings are cold but the days are nice!
Yesterday we got the first of our immunizations. Only three today. The MKs (children) got their faces painted and we got our "Barbie" and "camouflage" bandaids.