After our meal, it was present time. Our friends showered Julie with gifts. She got some African jewelry, African decorations, some baking pans, and some processed food favorites from the States including Oreo cookies, A&W root beer, Pace picante sauce, and a few other goodies.
This past week, Julie had a chance to substitute teach at Bamako Christian Academy (BCA) where she will be teaching next year. Going to school with Cole was very reminiscent of the arrangement the two had going to
We’ve been busily looking at houses. We saw several this week and found one that we really like. It’s located in Niamakoro just a couple of blocks from BCA so Cole and Julie will be able to walk to school. It’s four bedrooms and two baths and has some really nice social areas including a thatched veranda on the roof. It’s still a little bigger than we were looking for, but it is in an excellent location and priced to move. God has really blessed us with rent of only $300 a month. This is almost half of what we were expecting to pay. Renting a house here is not as simple as just signing on the dotted line. We’ve been in heavy negotiations with the landlord about the price, terms, and conditions and maintenance of the house. We think we’ve worked out most of the details. We’ll fill you in about the house and post pictures as things progress.
Now that we’ve gotten a house, it’s time to start filling it with furniture, appliances, and housewares. This is a huge task in itself. Fortunately, we met up with one of our missionary friends from
Today, we attended a graduation for the