𝙃𝙚𝙡𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙣𝙚𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙨 𝙛𝙚𝙚𝙡 𝙬𝙚𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙛𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙨 𝙢𝙮 𝙝𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙥𝙪𝙧𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚. This week we have been in waiting rooms, doctor’s offices, an ultrasound room, and a pharmacy waiting room, and then I’ve been welcomed to my new friend’s home.
This is why I work hard so I can determine my schedule & always have time & space for welcome. After the doctors office today I danced with a sweet 2 year old and then helped troubleshoot on why the washing machine is not working in their new place (a reminder to clean your lint filter).
𝘼𝙙𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙙𝙞𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙨𝙤 𝙨𝙤 𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨. 𝙄’𝙫𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙩. 𝙄 𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙙𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙚 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙢𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙨. 𝙏𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙, 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙨𝙤 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 & 𝙛𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜. 𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙜𝙜𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙚 & 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨 & 𝙛𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙙𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙨𝙤 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝.
Whenever I am able to help in small ways, I think about the warm and amazing welcome we received when we lived in Tanzania. We did not know how to do so many tasks that were necessary for daily lives and our friends and neighbors were so kind & patient.
They changed my life forever & I’m grateful to be able to offer translation, practical help in adjusting to America, & silly dance lessons because of the work of World Relief.
Any day I get to spend speaking Swahili is a great day.
Let’s always remember it is hard to be new & be diligent to welcome.