April 27, 2015

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    We made it!  After 3 flights and almost 24 hours of travel, we arrived with all of our luggage in Mozambique.  The first 10 days were quite comfortable as we stayed at a missionary guest house in the city.  They provided 2 meals a day, did our laundry, and they had a huge garden that the kids could play in.  This was the perfect way to start our lives in Mozambique.  During those 10 days we were very busy looking for an apartment, setting up our cell phones, and orienting ourselves with the layout of the city.  After 10 days, we moved into our apartment and we are so thankful that God provided us with a great place to live in an ideal part of the city. 
    Since moving into our apartment, life has become a bit more difficult.  We are living with only the essentials as we await the arrival of our container in late May.  While living with the basics, we are hosting a variety of contactors as many repairs are made to our apartment.  These repairs include work on the floors in 2 rooms, plumbing, electrical, paint, cabinets in the kitchen, new flooring in the half bathroom, and a lot of cleaning.  Slowly we are gaining use of our appliances and our apartment is beginning to feel like a home.  Driving in the city has come very easily for Daryl (they drive on the left side) and Leah has found it a bit more intimidating.  But we are both getting better at it and we're laughing at ourselves more and more as we realize we're on the wrong side of the road or when we accidently turn on the wipers instead of the turn signal!
    We are so thankful that we are beginning to make friends with other people in our neighborhood.  There's a mechanic named Herilo that works across the street from our house.  He speaks English really well and he's very kind.  A very friendly woman owns a little market to the right of our house.  She doesn't speak any English and she always calls for Herilo to come over when we stop by her market to buy something.  She always waves and speaks to us when we come and go from our house.  Both Herilo and the woman are teaching us new Portuguese words each time they see us.  I have a feeling we will continue to see them a lot and we will get to practice Portuguese with them.
    This past week, we flew up to the northern part of Mozambique to attend field conference.  We enjoyed spending time with the rest of our teammates from various parts of the country.  Now that we are back in Maputo, we will begin to look at different language schools and options in the city with the goal to start formal classes in May.  Our kids will begin school in mid May and we are all looking forward to receiving our container of home furnishings next month.
    We are praising God for a smooth transition into Mozambique, for good health, for a great apartment to live in, and for the moments when we can laugh at ourselves amongst the chaos.  We are also thankful for our teammates, the Terpstras, who have had to put their lives on hold to help us get settled in.
    Please pray for God to help us find a car (we are borrowing a car from a couple on home assignment), pray for continued safety and for good health.  Please pray for good sleep; now that we're living in a large city, we are all trying to adjust to the many noises and smells that come through our home.  Lastly, please pray for a continued smooth transition as we've only been here for 27 days and we have a lot we are getting use to.  Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement!

God Bless,

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."

Top Left: Easter Sunday morning
Top Right: We all have our feet in the Indian Ocean
Bottom Left: Our family on Mozambique Island
Bottom Right:  Our Mozambique team at field conference

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

PO Box 137
Komatipoort 1340
Republic of South Africa

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