Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beauty and Duty

The beauties of this world are never ending.  This is up country near Ngozi.   I love these tall trees which are towering over tea fields (foreground).

The hills are covered with these tea fields which are a bright green.  Burundian tea is especially good, we are told, as we haven't tried it.  It makes for beautiful landscapes.

Here again, the proverbial cow of Burundi.  They are everywhere and no one pays attention to them.  They seem docile and completely harmless.  Here they are resting on the lawn of a nearby school.

 Here is David saying, "Watch me stand right here while these cows walk around me!"
 Here is Charles saying, "No, that is not a good idea, sometimes they may not be so friendly."
 Here is David taking Charles' advice. 
  Here he is with renewed courage.  He has a switch like they all use to herd them.  We have also seen them use these switches on the kids at school.

Below is a photo of our garden project.  The members are raising linga linga which tastes like spinach.  They eat it cooked with other vegetables.  

 I loved the way the camera caught the water in the air.  Chantal is powerful.  She climbed down into the ditch on a makeshift ladder. (about 5 feet deep), filled 5 gallon plastic jugs and lifted them up to someone else, poured it into this red tub and with something flat threw the water out onto her crop. 

The members enjoy working together.  Rosalie is here at the garden site even though she is actually gardening in her yard. 

We loved General Conference and felt really good when we heard the talk by Jorg Klebingat and he talked about taking care of our physical bodies. No, this isn't us running, though it is impressive.  This is the park where we go to walk the track.  

This is the quote:  

2. Take responsibility for your own physical well-being. Your soul consists of your body and spirit (see D&C 88:15). Feeding the spirit while neglecting the body, which is a temple, usually leads to spiritual dissonance and lowered self-esteem. If you are out of shape, if you are uncomfortable in your own body and can do something about it, then do it! Elder Russell M. Nelson has taught that we should “regard our body as a temple of our very own” and that we should “control our diet and exercise for physical fitness” (“We Are Children of God,”Ensign, Nov. 1998, 87; Liahona, Jan. 1999, 103).

Thanks to a Burundian Phenomena called "Terrance Torture" we are feeling better than we have for years.  Terrance meets us in the park at 6:30 a.m. three days a week. He forces us to exercise.  (Ironically we pay him for this.)  And he knows Foot Reflexology which we think is so great!

Terrance calls David "Chief".  He is always saying, "Chief, continue! It is very important for you."  

One day we were particularly adamant about finishing even though it started to rain.  Someone brought me a big umbrella.  Terrance didn't stop for a second. 

 Our posture, muscle strength and circulation has improved dramatically.  

This is the club house.  They offer aerobic exercise classes and the use of exercise equipment.  They play loud music, some of it American.  

And, we are eating healthy!  The food here is not genetically modified.  It continually amazes me how many wonderful foods the Lord has made available with their own hygenic wrapping!

 The Cauliflower is some of the biggest I have ever seen! And I love they way they stack the tomatoes, sell eggs in a plastic bag, and harvest palm oil. (the yellow plastic jugs.)
This is the palm oil plant as it is cut from the tree.

We love these cute sister missionaries.  They live upstairs from us.  They wash their clothes in a bucket and don't have the benefit of hot water.  We feel very spoiled having a washing machine and a water heater.  They are adorable and so hardworking.

Our sewing classes are still in full swing.  We have about 25 dolls finished -- that would make us half way to our goal.  However, painting faces hasn't taken place yet.  That one has me a bit worried.

We have the benefit of 6 electric sewing machines, but we are also teaching the women to use a treadle.  First they have to be able to make the wheel go around the same direction continuously.  Then we work on threading the machine and actually sewing.  It's not as easy as it looks.  They are so good to teach each other.  

 We have new women coming every week.  Babies sleep right through it all.  
(In SOME cases.)

 Here is one of the latrines Humanitarian built for a public school.  The kids are crowding around the wash station.

 Monday we painted a church logo on desks that are being built for public schools.   Claude built the doors for the latrines, and just finished 104 desks.  Bet you can't guess what David is talking about with this great young man, Claude's son, who just was baptized. 

Here is Claude, yes, you have seen him before.   He helped us get into our truck when we so carefully locked ourselves out.  He is superb! 

Claude, his wife, Agrapine and three of their ten children were baptized.  They had gone to church after church and finally found us.  He loves it so much he has invited all of his friends and neighbors to listen to the missionaries.  
They are an outstanding family. 

We don't leave the house without praying for safety as we drive.  One night as we left to go take missionaries to the airport, we were driving on a main street and all of a sudden there in front of us in the travel lane was a big truck totally stopped with its tires off.  
The next day is was still there, the axle off and on the ground by the side of it and workers lying in the shade waiting for.....what?  a spare part?   It was there three days.  It saves on towing, just fix it on the spot

Kinama street -- a commune in a more highly populated part of Bujumbura.  

 Down town--hustle bustle and a gorgeous red flowering tree in the center.

 What can you get on a bike?
 Live chickens on their last ride.

 Bujumbura from the 6th floor of the Martha Hotel. 
They have great pizza if you are willing to wait.


  1. Oh my goodness! The truck in the middle of the road cracks me up...and LIVE chickens? So so funny. What an adventure.

  2. I love all these photos and captions! I especially loved the step by step commentary of Dad with the cows and the switch. haha. sooo funny! You guys have too much fun. :) I saw these a while ago, when you posted, but came back to look through them again. LOVE YOU! Can't wait to come see for myself! (and taste that tea. ;)


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