Friday, January 1, 2010

They're Gone!

My son and daughter-in-law left yesterday to spend two years on the island of Santo, Vanuatu.

They will be teaching school. They packed seven trunks full of clothing, bedding, kitchenware and everything else one might need to live.

Could you live for two years with only what you could pack in these seven trunks??

I'm not sure I could. My daughter, Ruth, said she would need at least fifteen or sixteen trunks, with one being devoted solely to hair care products!!

Could you do it? Think of everything you use everyday, in the kitchen, the laundry room, the bathroom, even the garage. And your clothes. Now, do you think you could pack it all in seven trunks? I wouldn't even want to try!!

The town Nate & Jen will be living in, at least for the near future, is Luganville. The population is about 2,000.

But it's not quite like living in a town that size in the United States. There's definitely no Wal-Mart to run to! They will have to make their own bread, hand wash their clothes (or hire a local to do it for them), suffer through the heat without air conditioning, sleep under mosquito netting to avoid getting Malaria, and drive on dirt roads or trails (if they are lucky enough to get a vehicle)! Eggs cost about 46 cents each, ground beef is around $4 per pound and bobby pins that cost ninety-six cents at Wal-Mart would cost about $8! So they had to take as much as they could in those seven trunks!!

Godspeed, Nate & Jen! You will be in our thoughts and prayers continually.

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