Gabi recently arrived in West Africa and was warmly welcomed by her housemates, both of whom she knew from her time in England and she is so thankful that they will now be living together for some time. She has also had different opportunities to meet many of her missionary colleagues, who even organised a welcome party.,
In the first two weeks, nearly every day was filled with orientation meetings about different topics like health and medical, and language learning in the coming months. A missionary family took Gabi along to their local church, which was a good experience. In between the different activities, Gabi is able to rest, and process all the new impressions.
It might sound like a small thing, but since her first day in the city, Gabi has enjoyed a palm tree that she can see from her window. It reminds her time and again of Psalm 92:12-15. ‘The righteous will flourish like a palm tree…; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. …they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”’ Such an encouragement!
Since language, culture, and life in an African context are new for Gabi, she depends a lot on other people. It is like being a little child that needs to learn the simplest tasks in everyday life. For Gabi these are things like taking the bus or taxi, going shopping, not being disoriented when she is out and about in the city, etc. All this is exciting, even though at times it can be shocking, uncomfortable, overwhelming, and tiring. Nevertheless, this is a very valuable time as she learns many things and God is at work in her for which she is thankful.
Last week Gabi started French study for about five to six hours daily, and she really enjoys it.
Praise the Lord:
– For all the support in prayer and finances from her family, church, and friends around the world
– For a good and safe trip to West Africa
– For the warm welcome and for all the help she receives from her colleagues
– That Gabi would become more confident as she learns to get around the city
– For energy, joy, and the ability to focus well in French study