Thursday, July 2, 2009

7 weeks in

Well we've been on the continent for seven weeks today. It's been busy and challenging but I can finally say that we feel like we're getting the hang of things at last. Two battles with sickness, and many battles with language barriers, and a few dancing episodes with a group of safari ants and we're still alive to tell about it.
We've certainly learned much over these past number of weeks. We've learned that we love our country more than we ever thought possible, we love our family more and more every day and we have learned that God is truly in our corner when it feels as though no one else is.
The children here have already begun to take a very deep root into our hearts much like the trees we have begun to uproot this week in preparation the fence that a work team is coming to build. The trees were only planted a few years ago but they already are at least 15 feet tall with some roots that are 2 feet in diameter. These children have a way of growing on you as quickly. They are amazing and challenging all at the same time. I can not think of another time in my life when I have ever seen so many beautiful faces in one place. The eyes of these children are something else, they shine with hope and each child runs to us as though they've known us a lifetime already. They are truly precious and they make it worth going into to work each day, even through the malaria.

We are so thankful that we have family and friends at home who surround us in prayer because without it we would certainly fail here. It would be impossible to go to work each day and face the challenges of nurturing nearly 120 children if it were not for those at home who support us. Thanks to all of you who continue to follow our journey.

We'll be more diligent now that the other couple has returned and will help take some of the load off our shoulders. Hats off to them for all their hard work over the past number of years. We are in awe of all they have done.

Keep watching. We'll update more often with stories and pictures. Thanks for following our journey.
The Conrads in Africa

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