The journey from moving across the world started with selling off some of our possessions in Ohio, mostly via Facebook beginning in November. From that point on we have learned to “make do” with minor inconveniences. When I sold the boys chest of drawers, their clothes went into tubs on the floor. When I sold my treadmill, I just stopped exercising (this was kind of a blessing and a curse). We shipped most of our daily belongings in January and began living out of suitcases.
I am so very thankful and blessed to say …NO LONGER! I have unpacked clothing, dishes, toys and games in a home that we don’t have to leave for a long time. The scripture from the book of Philippians 4:11 has been very meaningful, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have, I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything…For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
This is not to say that there haven’t been some days of frustrations. Translating and struggling through language and cultural barriers can be exhausting. We can’t find things like shower rods and have been squatting in the bathtub for our showers. Shower rods most likely will need to be fabricated.
We find products in unusual places also. Today we bought some simple tools, a drill and drill bits, at the auto store. At the furniture store you can buy a generator, a motorcycle, and a kitchen hand-mixer. With the help of some new Congolese friends, we are making our house a home and finding the things we need.
I would also like to share one of Nick’s greatest victories. He told both of our cab drivers yesterday where we would like to go and then understood the dollar amount when they told him the cost for the ride. God is good and we celebrate the provisions our Lord provides! Thank you for your prayers and God bless you!
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NICK AND RENEE SHAW
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