Where do I start? It's been fun describing thanksgiving to the Rwandese. One of the workers at the Living Water house, asked me, "How do you call the big chicken?" He meant "what" do you call it, but I chuckled imagining myself calling a turkey. We had a great pot-luck thanksgiving meal over at Mike Tracy's house. He is the country director for Living Water in Rwanda. Considering it is difficult to find many of the ingredients we are used to, everyone did an amazing job of re-creating a traditional thanksgiving. Some of those hard to find items include, cranberry sauce (no fresh cranberries - for sure), pecans, pumpkin, orange sweet potatoes, gravy mixes, marshmallows. We even had home made from scratch crescent rolls! And a green bean casserole made with fresh green beans and from scratch fried onions. I got off easy making corn bread muffins even if it was without a mix.
I am most grateful that I'm not worried about Christmas shopping. There is not even the first sign of Christmas around here. No billboards. No decorations. No music. No signs in the shopping areas. The Rwandese have told me that some people do put up decorations, but mercifully it is closer to Christmas, and does not begin before Halloween. Gift exchanging is not big. Families just get together. Hoooray!!!
MacGregor is still in Kenya. He says seeing the desperate need for water out in some of the remote areas that he is traveling is making him all the more grateful for family and health. We are missing him. His thanksgiving meal as he describes it, "We had chicken "gordon" blue for dinner that was chicken with a meat stuffing with a piece of ham over the top. It was close to thanksgiving type thing."
Thank you all for continued prayers and thoughts. God Bless, Ashley