10 things I learned in Central Asia
- How faithful God really is in giving us grace for each new day.
The stressful "culture" days are getting fewer, but they're still hard as we learn the systems of doing things here.
- How faithful God really is in providing for us.
It's been so hard but good to learn to trust God for our monthly financial needs.
- How very hard it is to learn a new language.
...and the frustration of not being able to make oneself understood.
- How many people can really squeeze into a bus during rush hour.
...without falling out.
- How tasty horse meat really is.
But we still can't drink the fermented mare's milk.
- How resilient and adaptable our kids are.
They still have high-stress-longing-for-home days, but they've made friends of many languages and cultures. They've learnt to enjoy different food, dance, and music.
- New aspects of God's character.
Especially as we see His image reflected in a new culture.
- How to use a "squatty" toilet.
i.e. a hole in the ground
- How hard it is to live in a culture with no recognised Gospel heritage.
...or understanding of grace.
- How much we need others' support and prayer to survive every day here.
Before, "pray for us" was something we'd ask people to do almost out of habit but, this year, we've realised how tangible and essential prayers really are!