has been an uneventful three weeks which is the reason why I haven't
written. Due to my foot injury I've been unable to go very far
but now it's getting better and I can now walk without a limp.
I've used the time to concentrate on some computer work with the
company I work for in London.
life has changed suddenly with the arrival of my Mum from England.
She will be here for a month and during that time we will go to
the main tourist areas of the city. Her case was filled with lots
of nice things for the family but not much for her!
Sunday I went to a meeting in one of the poor areas called Hagaana.
The roads around the meeting place have now been repaired so we
don't need to walk the last part of the journey. I'm beginning
to feel more comfortable there but still the low attention span
of the children can sometimes still be a challenge. I found that
the subject to speak about always needs to be a simple idea that
is very easy to visualise and conveys a single main item of truth.
For this reason most of my talks have concentrated on the teachings
of Jesus- his type of teaching was perfect for these kind of people.
the culture itself causes difficulty with some of the teachings.
When I was talking about the wise and foolish builders there were
some items that I had to explain clearly. First, in the poor areas
everyone builds on the sand since that is all that's availble!
Second, there's hardly any rain and certainly no severe storms.
In contrast there are certain points that they understand much
better than children in England. For example- the washing of feet
in a hot and dry climate.
we have some Egyptian visitors from this kind of a poor area.
Like us, they are a young family and they have always made us
feel welcome when we have gone to visit them and this is the first
time that we have been able to return the compliment. Since they
speak no English it is a good test for our Arabic but we always
seem to make ourselves understood most of the time. They were
supposed to visit us last week so we agreed to meet first since
they didn't know where we lived exactly- the arrangement was done
on the phone and the result was that we waited for each other
at different Metro stations for a long time!! This time we made
sure that we both understood where exactly we would meet up first.
more planned for the next couple of weeks so I think that life
is going to get interesting again . . .
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