May 25, 2015

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I don't know where home is but I'd sure like to be there!

We're living in the "land in between" meaning that the place we left no longer feels like home but we've not quite settled in to this new place that we're living in.  To be frank, this is the hardest thing we've ever done.  We've read books, attended trainings, and picked the brains of veteran missionaries to prepare us for this transition but living through it is a different story. 

What makes this so hard?  We have to re-learn how to do everything.  Driving has been a big stress with the lack of laws (or lack of obedience of the laws), navigating streets, and avoiding police stops.  Buying groceries and cooking is a challenge when you can't find ingredients you're use to having.  Cleaning, washing clothes, parking in our garage, finding a church, going out to dinner, and making friends are all challenging.  Not to mention that we are doing these things with the language level equivalence of a toddler that speaks Portuguese.  Lastly, we're all going through periods of being homesick; we miss our family, friends, and familiarity. 

Why am I telling you this?  It's not to make you worry about us or to find a platform to vent all of our hardships but to give you a glimpse into what it's like for new missionaries on the field.  Emotions seem to flood us at unexpected times and when they come, they come on strong.  We don't want you to think that we hate it here, because we don't.  All 5 of us are learning, stretching, growing, and adjusting in all of the normal ways.  

What can you do?  Pray for us!  Pray that God will give us strength, courage, and understanding.  Pray that we will all make friends and build relationships.  Pray that we will learn Portuguese and that we will have the ability to use it in our daily lives.  Pray that our container is released from the port this week so we can have our belongings and make our house feel more like a home.

A sweet friend shared this verse in Psalm 30 with us "Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."  How true those words are when we go through times of frustration and of feeling homesick.

Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement,

Daryl, Leah, Eden, Gabriel, and Silas Burnette

Phone: Leah 336-407-0080  Daryl 336-345-0566 
(Our phone numbers still work in Mozambique!)

Psalm 82:3-4 "Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."

This month, we all started school.  The kids are attending Maputo International School.  Gabe and Eden are in kindergarten and Silas is in preschool.  Leah and Daryl began language school in the mornings and will soon be adding a language helper in the afternoons.

My brother and sister-in-law (Jonathan and Kori Spangler) welcomed their 5th child into the world. Calvary Joshua was born on May 20th and is doing well. Praise God for another nephew and for modern day technology so we can see him!

We have a new mailing address!  We have a PO Box set up in South Africa for our mail.  You can send letters to us at this address.

PO Box 137
Komatipoort 1340
Republic of South Africa

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