They sacrifice family, friends, culture and customs. They miss the fellowship of like minded believers. They do without certain frills & foods that define us as Americans and they normally never complain.
I'm not complaining now, but rather sharing with you my blessings.
Tori, fellow missionary wife in Croatia posted recently about No stick Cooking Spray.
What? No Stick Cooking Spray? You ask.
Yep...that's one of the things we wives sacrifice.
We don't have fast food options like you guys do in the states. So that leaves us wives in the kitchen each and every lunch and dinner trying to come up with a meal. Neither do we have the convenience foods that one American family may have their pantry and freezer chock full of. So we start from scratch. And this usually doesn't even include no stick spray. ---I know...ouch!
Tori couldn't buy it in Croatia until recently. Her husband just about sprinted through the store to show Tori his fantastic discovery. She jubilantly filled her buggy full till she saw the price, exchanged it in her head and discovered that each can of "Pam" spray would cost her about $16. So with much sadness the cans, every last one of them, went back on the shelf.
I just about cried when I read this.
To have it so close.......
Not having it at all is one thing, but having it so close and not be able to afford it is another. It's worse I think.
You see Missionaries not only have to keep themselves 'afloat', but most have to pay the rent, utilities and furnishing of the new church plant that may or may not have a few folks attending. For us in Portugal the Euro/Dollar exchange rate is terrible. It's better than it was last summer, but still it's not good.
$16 Pam spray just isn't in the budget. Even if it does make life in the kitchen just a little easier.
My heart goes out to her. She had a friend send her some last year, but those cans are long gone....sniff, sniff.
I too had some cans sent to me at Christmas time from a dear friend. She sent three cans. Liquid gold I call them. One is almost ku-put and I have two more precious cans left. I don't use as much as I did in the States spraying as little as I can get away with. My nightmare is to be without this stuff again. I don't want to think about that....
Hazelnut coffee creamer....an absolute treat for me!
Chili, Ranch, taco, cheese, and gravy mixes. Ahhhh...the convenience!
Don't forget peanut butter. How do you raise kids without it?
A huge "Thank You" to everyone that sent packages this Christmas. You know who you are, and so does our Lord. May His blessings be upon you!
Monday Michael went in search of portable tables. The kind most churches use in fellowship halls. We were told how difficult they are to find them here. We were so excited and thankful when he found these 6 foot folding tables! One step closer.....
And look at these cuties waiting for school to begin. I better go...
God is so Good!
Have a great day!