Louisa and I just got back from an amazing camp in Kenya which we can’t wait to tell you all about! Also Louisa has lots to say about the awesome Summer Camp this week for Kids with Albinism. But we haven’t had time to write anything yet. So in the meantime, we thought you might like to read a short article we wrote for our Church magazine in England. We were asked to write about what it is like as kids growing up as “overseas missionaries.”
As well as being adventurous, it can be a little hard at times.
We often miss our family and friends in England and Canada. Amisadai misses
Taste Youth and corner yogurts and Louisa misses English shops and McDonalds.
But then when we come back to England we really miss our friends and life in
Tanzania and we feel so behind because everyone is talking about new things
that just came out, and we have NO clue what they are talking about. Tanzania
is home to us, and we feel normal here!
Louisa loves to read
the Swahili Bible and lead the singing. And we get to see that God is always at
work! God has always been there for us, to help and encourage us, getting us
out of danger and healing us from sicknesses such as malaria and amoebiasis.
Once when we got lost in a baobab forest with a friend, after wandering round
in circles and making our parents rather anxious, He brought us all back to the
path. We have seen God heal people who have evil spirits and He has given
Louisa the words to pray for people. He always has a special job for all of us to do!
How have you seen God at work around you?
All Christians, young and old, wherever they live, can be missionaries. A missionary is someone who shares Jesus and the Bible with others, lives as a light and helps people practically and spiritually.For us, being overseas missionaries (in a different country to where we were born) is fun and exciting, but can also sometimes be a little sad or hard at times ... and it can be pretty normal too.
We love that we see get to see amazing places like the Serengeti, speak different languages (Swahili and tribal languages) and have different experiences. We have adventures that might scare people in England such accidently standing on a crocodile’s head in the river and just getting off in time or finding a spitting cobra living in our garden. We eat food that is really different to Canadians, like green slime with sour milk, hairy goats and cow intestine soup.
|The green slime with rice|
|Learning Kimasai in Magozi|
In many ways normal life for us isn’t so different! We get up at 6:20am and leave for school at 7:15am. School starts at 7:55am. We go to an international school (taught in English). We really like it there, and it isn’t that different to UK schools. Amisadai’s favourite subjects are PE, History and Drama and Louisa’s favourites are art and science. We have loads of monkeys at our school, and they are a nuisance! They tip over the bins, steal lunches and break into students’ backpacks. Once a friend walked into the bathroom and found a monkey sitting on the toilet! After school, sometimes we have swimming or other clubs, or we go home and do homework and music practise. We like to do normal things like riding our bikes, going for runs, climbing trees (and playing in our treehouse), listening to music, sketching and emailing friends.
|Singing in the school choir|
|Fun in our treehouse|
How are we as kids involved in “Mission?”Sometimes people think only adults can be missionaries. But we all can. Most of our time is at school now, so we can talk to friends about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. When we go to villages, the main thing is to be with people. They love to see our faces and we love to help out! When we were doing the stoves project, we would sit with the groups and make miniature versions of clay stoves! We can sit and make beads or weave mats with mamas and play games with kids. When mum and dad go to teach about nutrition or SODIS (a way of getting clean water to drink using sunlight) or keeping bees, we can talk too and act out dramas to help deliver the message.
|Teaching how to get clean water using SODIS|
|Teaching the importance of washing hands!|
|Hanging out with the Mamas Group|
|Teaching on protective bee-gear|
How have you seen God at work around you?