“So, what does an average day look like for you?” It didn’t take long for us to realize why this is such a hard question for our friends to answer. Every day is so different from the last, and so full of things that were not originally part of the plan! In a society where relationship and community are the main drivers, “getting stuff done” takes a back seat to “being with people.” That’s a hard lesson to learn!
However, here are some snapshots of things we did often, the closest I can come to a look at “daily life.”
A lot of the action takes place right here–the door to the street outside. Whenever the sun is up, there is a good chance you will hear knocking at the door! There are kids wanting candy and attention, friends coming for conversation or help, and other acquaintances seeking medical care or prayer. This front room is the site of lots of interaction.
Another part of the daily routine is school–homeschool, for our friends. All the kids from both families were happy to be on break while we were together!
Since the weather was mild, the kids spent lots of time playing outside. Sheep, rabbits, a dog, a toddler, and the combined imaginations of several girls provided lots of entertainment!
Nathan also found some good ways to use his love of technology to keep everyone occupied. There were plenty of occasions when the adults were talking, preparing something, or getting the car packed to go somewhere. Nathan learned how to use the beloved iPad to entertain and interact!
Our days almost always included at least one trip somewhere, visiting friends for tea or lunch or some other reason. We spent one afternoon at a nearby village, probably the most stereotypical “old-school missionary experience” of the trip.
Of course, everyday living also involves plenty of routine household chores. The house helper kindly gave me a “cooking lesson” one day. I am sure I slowed down her routine considerably, especially since the language barrier kept us from any easy communication, but it was fun to be able to work together anyway.
And of course, any day that involved travel also involved loading into the faithful land cruiser. It didn’t always have this much luggage on top, but it always had at least 10 people inside and usually more than that!
Our days were packed full, no two alike. Our gracious hosts did an excellent job of providing a good taste of what life can be like for them!