It's amazing how we adapt to our different surroundings and become accustomed to sights and activities that once seemed very strange to us. It's now often easy to lose sight of how different our world is in Mali. Our trip to Paris helped highlight some of the stark reminders of living in Africa once we got back...things like cows wandering around on the soccer field outside our front gate. We still stand in awe at the diversity of the world.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and family in California during this horrific fire season. We know that everything there has been focused on the fires. As a sign of the size of the tragedy, the SoCal fires have even been headlining the BBC World Service news headlines here every day. We've also had a couple of people email us pictures of the devastation. Special prayers go out the Nellis family who pastor a church in Rancho Bernardo that burned to the ground. Even though the sanctuary was destroyed, the offices received little damage. We're glad to hear that crews are beginning to contain the fires and the weather is calming a bit. May God give you grace and peace during this difficult time.