Myanmar!

Ben & Nin Nin
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Mom, Scott, Jaimie, and I went to Myanmar! Jaimie and I had to leave the country after six months. We couldn’t think of a better place to go than to Myanmar, to visit our awesome friends Judah and Khaw.

While we were there, all four of us spoke at a full day seminar and met so many wonderful people. Judah took us around to different church families’ homes, and Jaimie and I were able to spend time with friends we met last time and share in their successes of life. It was incredible to hear and see what God is doing in Myanmar.
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A Small Town

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Visiting Another Mission

Tina, a great family friend, arrived on Saturday, Dec 7th and all three of us left for the small town the same day. While we were in the small town, we also met up with Jordan (Jaimie’s sister) and her husband John. All three of them came to visit us in Nagpur, too. While we were in the small town, we did many things including spending time with the children, teaching in the local church and watching a Christmas program. We had such a great time.
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Nagpur in December!

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Ben & Jaimie’s December in Nagpur, India

This month we were invited into the homes of church families, traveled 10 hours by car through rough jungle roads to visit a neighboring mission, were greeted by Jordan, John, and Tina, and participated in many Christmas activities!
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Diwali

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Well, Ben and I enjoyed our first Diwali!  This holiday is huge – kind of like Christmas for India.  There are colorful lights on houses, candles, artwork, music, sweets everywhere, and people going from house to house “calling on” family and friends (people still do that here and it is really cool!)  People light fireworks in the streets… literally, right in the middle of the street.  We were told this was a five-day holiday, but celebrations lasted from October 30th until yesterday… I guess people celebrate it on different days here.  I got hit by firework shrapnel twice during this holiday, once while riding on the back of the scooter – but we didn’t witness any house fires or injuries!
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Making Roti

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I have been learning how to make a lot of new recipes since we moved to Nagpur.  My friend is an excellent cook and has taught me most of the things I know so far.  Ben has had to put up with a lot of experimenting, and some instant noodles when I get tired of cooking. One of the most important Indian staples is roti, a thin flatbread served with almost every meal.  It’s made with only wheat flour, water, and a bit of oil.  You roll the dough (pronounced “dove” here…) very thin and cook it on a pan.  Then you toss it right onto the gas burner so it puffs up in the middle. You top the finished product with a little butter.
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Who Doesn’t Like Monopoly?

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Should we start right in here and complain?  I’ll complain for Jaimie and I both…no dishwasher, no washing machine, no bank account, no turkey sandwich, slow internet, lemon and salt flavored toothpaste…which could actually go under the success section.

Successes in India

Yeah, the success section. Let’s do that…  Margarita flavored toothpaste, cooler temperature outside, found a video rental store, bought Monopoly, and…. wait for it… our two year anniversary is one week from today!
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Contentment and Discontentment

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It is the best and the worst here.  I’ve never been so happy to be somewhere and so challenged at the same time.  I am learning a lot about myself in India!  One thing I have learned is that I have been very spoiled.  I am used to having what I need at my disposal.  I am used to having exactly what I want at my disposal.  I am sad to admit that I get really upset sometimes when I can’t get things I want.  Although I knew that it would be challenging here and I tried to prepare myself, there have been one or two times where I’ve laughed and said, “Are you kidding me?” Is this really how the majority of people live?  Am I really this spoiled?  Yes… and yes I am.
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