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was a favorite pastime, it was fun to work
and laugh together and—especially on
hot days—to get soaking wet with the
cold water! Of course, we were thankful
when we did get a washer, but we will
always look back on that experience as a
fun time that we would not have wanted
to miss. During water shortages we took
sponge baths and learned that you do
not have to take a bath every day! Power
outages were no big deal—we just lit
the kerosene lamps and played shadow
games on the wall. The mission field
better prepared us to meet the challenges
of life.

It was easy to be thankful for the
blessings we had when we were daily
confronted with the needs of others. We
distinctly remember visiting the tiny
dwelling of one of our faithful widows.

She was pleased to have us in her home
and eagerly related to us how good God
was to her. While she conversed with
our parents, we girls had a chance to
look around the small room. There was
not much to see—the couch we were
sitting on, the coffee table in front of
us, and a chair in the corner were all
covered with homemade doilies. Behind
a curtain that divided the small house
into two rooms stood a single bed. Once
we returned home, we asked our parents
where this lady kept the beds for her
three boys. The answer shocked us: “One
sleeps on the chair, and two sleep on the
couch.” Suddenly, our wants and desires
dimmed in importance as we thought of
those boys who did not even have a bed.

girl replied, “But
Teacher, this is my
breakfast!” How
ashamed we felt
when we thought
of the times we
had complained
of our food, and
here was a little
girl with only
crumbs for break-
fast! After that,
thanking God for
our meals became more than just a hab-
it. We learned to be thankful for the little
things. Many of our African friends did
not have shoes. When we saw the soles of
our barefoot friends thickened by years of
walking without shoes, it made even our
hand-me-down shoes beautiful to us. Liv-
ing among the needy was sometimes dis-
couraging until we saw God—Who is rich
unto all that call upon Him—provide for the
African Christians, and sometimes He used
us to meet their needs.

The lessons Africa taught us will always be
a part of our lives no matter where we go.

To us missions is the greatest thing in the
world! We thank God for the privilege to be
called MKs and for the lessons learned on
the mission field. W
The Bohman girls (Erica, Deborah, Heidi, and
Julia) served with their parents in both Kenya and
Tanzania. Eric and Lori Bohman have served with
BIMI for 23 years, and he is presently the Africa
Field Director.

Once at Sunday school, we noticed a
young girl who was visiting for the first
time. She was carrying a little bag of
breadcrumbs, carefully eating one after
another during the lesson. Whenever
she accidently dropped them, the timid
girl bent down and picked up every one.

After one of these episodes, the teacher
suggested she throw the dirty crumbs
away. Straightening herself, the little