enjoy

i love living. i love to laugh, to enjoy and find pleasure in the little things. sometimes i’m probably a little bit overly enthusiastic about the little joys in life and i’m sure my cheery optimism gets annoying from time to time, but friends, i’ve got the joy joy joy joy down in my heart! haha, oooh, but really, i do just love to discover things and to chase adventures and try new things. some of the things that i enjoyed this week…
CLP — we started men’s classes this year! i visited one on tuesday night. it was so encouraging to see their enthusiasm. i’m excited to see how the Lord uses these classes this year — we’re already hearing exciting testimonies from the participants and i’m hoping to see lots of growth!
Goats — we have goats on our compound up in Foya and they’re kind of cute! But they’re also kind of fast…Justin and I jumped in their little pen and decided to try to catch one. it took a few minutes and we had to do lots of running around, but we finally caught one.
Pak Batt 16 — They served up some delicious new dishes and the Major knows of mine and Eleanor’s great love for his chai tea and has said that we can come and get it to go any time we want! so exciting. i went on tuesday and picked one up for lunch. it was divine! just the pick me up kind of booster that i needed that day!
Lapa Dresses — I bought some fabric the other day and took it to the local tailor in Foya. I had a skirt and top made. Ooooh it was just too much fun. It only cost about $4 USD and it turned out so cute. I wasn’t sure how the quality would be up in Foya, I have a lady down here in Monrovia who does excellent work, but is more expensive. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and promised to come back and get more dresses made. Plus, the tailors are so fun to chat with and they’re teaching me the local language.
Baking — I’m on a total baking kick right now. Cooking is so therapeutic for me. I’ve been making lots of cupcakes and cakes and dinners with Danielle. So much fun. Tonight I am baking a cake for our expat get together tomorrow night. Oooh it was so funny, I put the second layer in the oven and set the timer and after 40 minutes went back into the kitchen to find a pan full of batter. Ha, the propane had run out after about 5 minutes in the oven.
Driving — I’m getting better at stick shift! Been cruising around Foya!
Motorbike — Got a new helmet — black with orange and red flames, yes, be jealous! I feel pretty cool with that thing on. i have been riding on the back of lots of motorbikes this week. i was a little bit freaked out a couple of times on the big hill going to the hospistal, but all ended well.
New Haircut — Joni is our official SP stylist and she brought her hair cutting kit up to Foya so that she could give me and Justin haircuts…well just wait for the video, but Justin ended up cutting my hair…it’s actually kind of cute and I like it!
Dinner at the Staff House — always something to laugh about!

xoxo,
J

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rejoice

he who would glorify his god must set his account upon meeting with many trials. no man can be illustrious before the lord unless his conflicts be many. if then, yours be a much-tried path, rejoice in it, because you will the better show forth the all-sufficient grace of god. as for his failing you, never dream of it – hate the thought. the god who has been sufficient until now should be trusted to the end.

– charles spurgeon

How the day?

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Alright folks, it’s time for me to learn how to ride one of these things! Woohoo! Went on my first ride two data ago with TayTay and LOVED it…I’m excited.

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This is where we have devotions up here in foya. All of SP Liberia is going through a study about the four essential components of salvation…there are even tests! Yikes!

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It’s sunny and beautiful today. The Internet says its about 94, but it doesn’t feel too bad in the shade.

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Ohhhh monkey had to be tied up again…

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Lunch! Rice and pumpkin sauce…Liberian food is good, but oily. I can feel my arteries clogging.

xxjayjay

Foya Base Photos

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This is our base in Foya. It’s the largest of all of our sub-bases…we have over 150 staff based here. There’s always a lot going on up here. We don’t have electricity or water up here, but we are getting fast Internet in April which will make life and work much easier!

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These flowers are right beside my desk and I thought they were so pretty.

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My workspace in Foya, yes, I must admit its pretty lovely…

two weeks in photos

Me and Annie at the TOT in Foya last week. I’m so excited to be working with her! I’m heading back up to Foya on Monday for ten days to visit our CLP communities and work with our facilitators.

I must admit, I was SO happy when the TOT ended…it was a long week. The NAEAL facilitators even recognized me as the first ever expat to sit through an entire training week. They said that everyone else had to take frequent breaks and walks…I can totally understand why! It was so long and inefficient! But overall the week was really good.

Thank you to Elizabeth for teaching me how to make a homemade chai latte! This has literally transformed my mornings 🙂 Mmmmm so good. For real. Be jealous. Haha.

I love that the ocean is right outside my house in Monrovia. It’s so nice to be able to take a walk and enjoy the waves after work…

Elizabeth, Ben and I took little Anna to play on the beach last night. We had loads of fun running around in the sand…

Later! xoxo,

jayjay