Packing in the desert during hot season

packed for iriba

This post was written while we were still in Chad, Africa.

I’m “back from being underground”; not in covert operations, but rather, I became swamped with packing! And all this in the middle of Mother’s Day weekend, which I knew better than to ignore and pretend like it wasn’t happening. We had coconut pancakes for breakfast, and were thankful to enjoy fellowship with our friends over lunch… with their huge solar system, complete with COLD WATER from their freezer that runs 24/7!! Then I went out and bought pizzas from Rose du Sable.

Our house has been part home, part storage unit for some time now. So the first step was easy: get all the stuff that is storage out into the courtyard. However, DO NOT put any boxes or wood on the ground, or the termites will get it! I mistakenly put a box on the ground to get something out of a suitcase; by the next morning, the termites had made a nest in the box of Tupperware. I was thankful it wasn’t a box of books, or I would have been in HUGE trouble.

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A Wild, Exhausting Journey through the Sand

I will look up to the hills

On Saturday, as we traveled back from Iriba, we took a wrong turn, and found ourselves headed to Adré. Mind you, the road wasn’t so bad; however, it was disconcerting to drive 30 miles on a road that led 90 miles away from our destination. We arrived in Adré at 8 PM, and in Abéché at 11:45 PM. When we arrived in Adré, I decided to keep going; we didn’t know where to find a guest house, or if they would even have a place for us.

Without road signs to guide us on the road, we used the GPS that we’ve had for about a decade now, thanks to our friends at Lebanon Assembly of God! Because we knew where we were going, we stayed the course rather than bolt on a country road in panic.

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How to Keep a Chadian Water Cooler Cold

water pot

In the desert land of Chad, there is nothing more refreshing than a cold drink of water. But where could you find it at home, in the market or a business where electricity is so scarce? If I were you, I would head straight for the nearest water pot.

The water pot has its origins in ancient Egyptian and Greek societies. But as people began to use electricity for refrigeration, it fell into disuse. Not so in Chad, where clay pot manufacturing is still one of the most successful artisan businesses.

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How an election is run in other countries

Another reason to be proud to be an American

Election day in Central African Republic: ballot boxes in Miskine

As I write this, it’s election season in the United States.  Hillary Clinton is the Democrat’s nominee, while Donald Trump won the Republican nomination.  Because it’s voting season, I want share with you how elections run in other countries.


The Romney Campaign is alive and well in Africa

The campaigning season can be as exciting there as it is here.  The candidates will travel from town to town to make speeches and encourage the people to come out and vote for them.  They will often give out hats and T-Shirts to their supporters with their picture on them.  Usually, the incumbent president or party will outspend the opposition candidates in gifts, parties and appearances.

On election day, voting takes place, mostly at the schools.  The electoral commission in the capital city prints out voter lists, and sends their delegates out to the villages, towns and cities with official ballots and a big, wooden box with a straight, long hole on top.  The boxes open on top, but remain locked up and sealed by the electoral commission in the head office.  Each electoral commission official is responsible to make sure that the election runs smoothly in his area of responsibility.

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Extra rain and tools to read with

opportunity to read

This post was written while we were still in Chad.

We received a lot of rain yesterday, to the point where the roads became flooded! What a wonderful blessing during such a hot time of year! That is absolutely unheard of in this part of the Sahara Desert, at this time of year. The rainy season lasts for only a couple of months, at most; the rest of the year is dry and very hot. There seems to have been an overall increase in rainfall since I started working here in 2003. Is it possible that desertification is cyclical and will start reversing itself? As a result, this dry, desert land would experience a season of prosperity and more crops than in earlier years.

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