Greetings from the Hot, Dusty and an occasional rain shower Kalahari Desert. We have been in Namibia only two weeks and just wanted to let you know we are doing well. We have finished our orientation for TIMO and have started to learn the local click language, Julhuanis. Language learning will be our main focus over the next 6 months. Our learning process includes sitting, listening and trying our new phrases with our neighbors. This also helps us to get to know them. We also have 4 books to read and reports to write along with just living. Our house is setup but we are still unpacking and rearranging a little here and there. Our internet access is very, very slow. We can check email and use What’s App but to upload a picture is sometimes impossible. This weekend we head out into the bush to live with a San family for the weekend. This is called our Home Stay and is designed for us to experience how the San live and survive.
Our front yard has been turned into the neighborhood soccer field and play area. It is becoming a broken glass free area. The landscape here has broken glass beer bottles everywhere. A few days ago, we and the kids spent the day gathering broken glass and trash making our yard a fairly safe play area for their bare feet. Every evening our time is spent out front with the kids from the neighborhood playing, laughing and listening to them speak.
Now that we are here I can answer some of the questions you asked before we left. We do have a community water tap which is located in our neighbor’s yard. It’s only a 40 yard walk to fill up the Gerry Can with water. Our outhouse is nice with an attached enclosed bathing area. We frequently bathe with the local geckos waiting to snatch a bug that has come to the lure of our solar light. Our house is located on the edge of town and our backyard is literally the bush. We don’t have electricity but we did bring a few solar items and they work just fine. It’s takes about 3.5 hours one way on a fairly good dirt road to get to the nearest big city for major supplies but the local general dealer store/gas pump has more than just maize meal. We can purchase a cold pineapple Fanta, coke or get some canned meat, soya meat, sugar and some other canned items. Claudia hopes to get the garden planted in the next few weeks and has already started some seeds.
Please pray for us over the next 4 weeks as we continue to learn the language, read and meet new people. We head to Kenya for our Africa Based Orientation Jan 15th and will be gone for almost a month. Please pray as we continue to adjust to a different diet free of refrigerated items and of fresh greens for now. Please pray for our team as we are all on this journey together and learning together. We love our team and have already shared a lot of laughs together as we get to know each other. The night sky is filled with endless stars and the sunsets are amazing out our back window.