I feel like I’ve been out of touch for awhile…It’s been a rough few weeks. Yesterday was the icing on the cake, so I figured the best thing for me to do was to eat leftover chocolate cake for breakfast this morning. It helped some.
Which by the way, I need to clear something up in my story telling of yesterday’s incident. Apparently, the issue is not the government’s inability or unwillingness to pay the students. The issue is that the students hired were given forms to fill out in order to receive their pay. However, some troublemakers in the group made thousands of photocopies of the form and passed them out to other youth who are now demanding to be paid even though they were not apart of the original program…What a mess.
It’s been a hard week, a hard month actually. Liberia just is one of those places that seems to loiter in crisis. You get used to it some, but on a certain level, it’s impossible to really adjust to that lifestyle coming from a high-efficiency country like the US. I was talking with an expat who has lived here nearly 10 years and he said that you never really get used to it. But you do learn to function within and respond to the perpetual chaos.
The weight of Liberia’s paralyzing issues seems to be pressing down more than usual. So, in this season, I am making a conscious effort to set my mind on things beyond my personal experiences and circumstances…things that surpass my understanding. It’s so easy to spiral down into hopelessness when my eyes are fixed on my rather precarious surroundings. Rather, I want to set my eyes toward the author and perfector of my faith. Not because I have it all figured out, but because I don’t.
The world, as I see it, gives me little hope. But, this Christmas I choose the hope we have in Christ Jesus. It’s all I have.
Anyway while on a positive note, we had our staff Christmas luncheon on Tuesday.
I made lasagna, which obviously was a brand new experience for all of the Liberians.
After they figured out how to eat it, they loved it!
We’ll be spending Christmas Eve at the beach and Christmas Day at a wedding for an SFL staff member. We’d love to hear how you all are celebrating this Christmas!!