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Waiting in Congo

July 23, 2015

Congolese culture includes a lot of waiting.  Waiting for your bus.  Waiting for your turn.  Waiting for the person who owes you money to pay you back.  Waiting to borrow money from someone who has some.

Anyone who comes to this amazing country will probably need to learn to wait.  We all have difference methods of demonstrating our patience.  Some are better than others.  Some things are harder to wait for than others.

The best and most acute example I can think of are adopting families.  The adoption suspension on exit letters began on September 25, 2013…and has not been lifted since.  These families are waiting for their children (fully, legally adopted, recognized by both US and Congolese courts).  This must be the most difficult waiting there is.

For us, we are waiting on our shipment.  These are all of our belongings that we packed in the US and haven’t seen since we left just under a year ago.  Items include Matthew’s tools (essential for beginning work on our house), my entire kitchen (essential for eating, of course), some clothes and shoes (especially for these growing kids), and other household items, like our water filter, nifty water pump, 12v system for power outages, etc.  Some really great stuff!

We are anticipating these items because we would love to unpack and settle in to our house.  We brought them with ministry in mind.  Matthew has projects around the hangar and other missionaries’s houses already lining up, but can’t start without tools.  I would like to have some old and new friends over for tea, but don’t have the necessary things.

So, we wait.  I am trying to unpack the things we brought from France and we’ve been able to acquire a few pieces of furniture, but without the bulk of our items, it’s been anticlimactic.

Please pray with us in the waiting.  Maybe it will come today – we hear this when we ask about its progress.  And maybe it will.  But so far, we are learning to wait.  I hope in this period of waiting, we become a little more Congolese – oh how we can relate!  No, I don’t equate this to waiting for a child to come home, but it is waiting anyway, and maybe we can become a little more sympathetic (instead of empathetic).  I understand that in other countries, people wait months for their shipments to be cleared out of customs, so these two weeks are not extraordinarily long to wait for such a thing.  Buuuuuuut, prayers are always appreciated.  And the lesson we learn in the meantime may not be so bad in the end.

But, seriously, Axel has outgrown his sandals…

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  1. Sandy and Nancy Heins permalink
    July 24, 2015 0829

    Love to follow you through your posts. Will be praying your shipment comes soon and that God will supply all your needs in the ” mean” time.

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