This blog is just a few random thoughts about life here and some follow-up on Rita. First of all has anyone seen this plant?
The people here call it tea, and I can only find the Umbundo name for the tea, but they take a wad of it like so:
and boil it in water to drink, the tea honestly tastes like the flavor of Fruit Loops. So I call it Fruit Loop tea and drink it iced. But here they love it hot for breakfast. I was wondering if anyone out there knew what kind of tea I'm drinking? And does the flavor of Fruit Loops come from an exotic plant in Africa?
I also made a pumkin pie for Thanksgiving.
They pie was eaten before I thought to take a picture. Oh well.
Also I've had a few people ask about Rita, so here are a few more details that I've learned. Some were wondering what happend to her family, why did they all die. All of Rita's brothers died in the Angolan Civil war, and her parents and kids became sick and died, it is common here for people not to know why their family members die, they just become sick and die, when I first got here Rita had Maleria, and she thought she was going to die so with the little money that she has, whe went and got her hair and nails done. She looked beautiful! But she was actually preparing for her funeral. ha (Time has past enough for us to look back and laugh, Rita too)But anyway, people here die of the saddest things because of lack of education and resources mainly, I don't think they know that there are treatments out there, or the symptoms seem mild enough at first, but then like Maleria, it get's bad fast, and when untreated people die.
I found out that the cost of the labor for construction of her home will be about $1000, that doesn't include the plubming, or a door or windows. Then there is of course the materiels that I mentioned before. So in the grand scheme of things, this house will not cost much, but for Rita, it is so much. I found out that she tries to save $100 every month! That means her and her children live on $100 dollars a month, and I live here, so I know that is not easy. That means no meat, just cornmeal, beans and greens.
I asked INMED if they would receive the donations for Rita, and they agreed to even waive the 8% that they usually take for maintaining the ministry, and they will wire the money with our next wire transfer. We are so thankful for INMED. If you are interested in helping Rita, e-mail me for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyway, that is what is happening on this side of the world, here are a few more pitures:
Oliver turned 6 this month. Happy Birthday Oli!
Taking the missionary kids on a walk.
Close up of that beautiful flowering tree.
With Love from Angola,