Until the Shadows Flee Away

Good Wine

One morning I was sitting on our veranda looking out over the beautiful Kangari Hills, drinking in the very incredibleness of being in Sierra Leone, the unlikeness.  Our ages alone would suggest otherwise.  After 28 years of marriage, we started our West African adventure when Stephen was 56 and I was 47.  But here we were and these thoughts came to my mind . . .

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Oranges

As we learn to make our way through the market, we generally know where to go to get what we need and have largely gotten used to the sights and smells of the market mingling in with the rest of the crowd, well, as much as two whites in West Africa are able.

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First Love

We snuggle down in futile attempt to ignore the intermittent disturbance, but I can tell by his breathing that he’s not going back to sleep either … Stephen’s been in the States two and one half months and there’s not one single morning which hasn’t been similar.

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Pot of Gold

“There is a pot of gold, a king’s reward, but it comes at the end of the journey” – Jim Elliot

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The Mango Tree

In His infinite wisdom God set me in Baomahun, Sierra Leone, West Africa. He is much wiser than I for had I chosen it would not have been here . . .

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True Fire

In the evening when, a woman begins to prepare her family’s meal, a child is sent to beg a coal from the fire which is already burning under her neighbor’s pot. The smallest crumb of glowing ember will suffice to ignite the flame with which to cook their supper.

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Hard Lessons

I have witnessed this scene a hundred times over; people completely devoid of compassion for their own. Young or old, it matters not; it is a cruel and comfortless culture.

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Who Is Your Master?

In the hands of the wrong master, all the potential of an otherwise good dog is completely lost. The dogs in Sierra Leone are most miserable creatures because they have the wrong master.

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