It’s A New Year

It is hard to believe that a month has passed since the last post. We are finding that the time goes by so quickly and we are keeping quite busy. We continue to receive new missionaries on a regular basis and continue to send local Liberians off to other countries to serve missions. We really enjoy the interaction that we have with these young people.

Christmas was a quiet affair. We took a long walk on the beach, connected with a few family members and had a wonderful pot luck with the other missionary couples and the Busbys (an expatriate couple we all know). The Busbys have a real creative flair and their significant contribution to the meal reflected it (who knew there were so many different types of cinnamon rolls or that you could make a Christmas tree out of cucumber slices?). It was a really nice evening together. Unfortunately, Elder Hezseltine was sick and not able to be with us. Hopefully there was some small level of consolation as Sister Hezseltine brought two heaping plates of food back to him…

Our Hosts

Our Hosts

Looks too good to eat!

Looks too good to eat!

Needed to try all three varieties!

Needed to try all three varieties!

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to All!

With it being January, we have heard many of the Liberians express sincere gratitude for making it through another year. When you consider what many have been through over the past twenty years, it is understandable why such expressions of thanks are so heartfelt and common. As we get to know more about our young Liberian missionaries, we hear incredible stories of how they survived during the wars. One young man we know use to climb up to the tops of trees to hide and sleep. He became very adept and fast at climbing and continues to have some opportunities to demonstrate those skills as he picks fruit or coconuts for others. Many still are not able to talk about the past, and while we gain a glimpse of what it may have been like from those that are able to discuss, we really cannot comprehend what they went through at a very, very young age. However, the beauty of what they are currently doing as missionaries brings new light, life and meaning to their lives and to those around them. Truly they are grateful for another year!