Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Friends!

"Make new friends but keep the old,
Some are silver and the others gold."

These are the words of a little song we sang in Pioneer Girls (a Christian based girls club at church). We used to sing it in a round and I loved the harmony as a young girl. Now that I have lived a little longer, the meaning of the words catch my attention. I realize that friendship is truly a gift. It must be cherished an nourished just like a marriage relationship. Traveling around as much as I do, it can be hard to maintain relationships and keep in touch. Yet, I am so grateful to those of you who are my friends. So thankful for Facebook and blogging so that we can keep in touch.

African culture is all about relationships! Having a friend outside of the family and local community is quite something. To be received into someone's home is also a very special gift. Last visit to Niger, Sodogas, our physical therapist invited Angele (the nurse manager) and myself into his home (s) where we met his mother, siblings and two wives (separate homes).  The first wife received us into her home and lavished us with food, water, gifts etc. At the time she was great with child.  It was such a joy when yesterday she unexpectedly visited me at the hospital. She brought her dear baby Caleb with her. Aminatou, (I think that is the name is spelled or at least pronounced) is a new friend! She is a school teacher in a village about 15 miles away (1 hour) from the hospital.

Another little fellow is a very sweet company. He speaks a little French but communicates with smiles and gestures. He is very content to enjoy silence together.  Abdoul Ganu is his name. He loves my songs and actions that go along with the words.....He understands the joy that Christians have as they sing to God and recount His faithfulness.

Mamma A with sweet!
My dear office companion Abdul Ganu....just being together is precious!
In all these encounters with people in Niger, I am reminded that the LORD GOD is in control of every relationship. I pray that every word, gesture, and action would communicate the love of the LORD Jesus Christ.

Commit your activities to the LORD, and your plans will be achieved. The Lord has prepared everything for His purpose.....Proverbs 16:3, 4
I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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