When people ask me how it’s going in Burundi, I tend to give them the shorter answer- it’s going good! And it really is. Meeting more people and friends, the team, safety, and daily living – no complaints. What I don’t often share are the trivial details that really don’t matter long term, things that aren’t harmful. Here’s some of those differences unique to Burundi.

By themselves they don’t seem like much at first until you notice that there are a lot of small changes that are adding up to a bigger change. What do all these little changes feel like you ask? They feel like I’m being chiseled away and remodeled. I imagine it’s like what people who remodel their homes feel like when they suddenly look around and things are a complete mess, and then the wonder sets in of how the house is going to turn out. It also reminds me of character building. It’s funny how God will use just about anything to sand off the rough edges in my life. I like this quote from Michelangelo talking about sculpting; I imagine it’s how God looks at us when He’s making plans and smoothing out our rough edges - In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovey apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it. Chink, chink!