Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Deep in the Jungles of Southern Guinea...

Now THIS is what I thought Africa should look like. Great isn't it! No lions, though. As far as I know.

So on our trip to help the new girls get set up we were also fortunately and blessed to be able to travel WAY out into NOWHERE (even more nowhere than Timbuktu, ok!) and meet some amazing followers of Jesus tucked quietly away in the hills of Guinea. We prayed for one another and shared with each other a song in our languages of praise to God. This is one of the views along the road. Gorgeous mountains they have there... After randomly stopping in the village where we found the believers, they were so excited and honored by our visit that they proceeded to load up our truck with gifts. Because we couldn't stay and eat dinner with them (it was getting dark and had to find our way home), which is the African way, they sent us off with a small thing of rice, some bananas and oranges, plantains, and, oh yes, a live chicken. Your complete meal, on wheels, my friends. We were so humbled by their gifts and unable to politely refuse that I almost cried. Our poor little feathered friend had to ride a REALLY long way on a bad road cramped in the back of the SUV with two of us.

So they have monkeys there in Guinea. We don't have monkeys. So, we, of course, had to go looking for them one day. It was a mean hike, but we found some with the help of the local guide. Wore us out, but it was totally worth it. They really DO do the crazy screaming thing when they get excited. It will scare the mess out of you too.

Here's one of our little guys. He's not really little at all, but way the heck up there. We felt we had a special bond with the poor things as so much of our lives are now spent with a crowd of odd onlookers just watching us sit there, or eat, or swing through the trees... They even showed off for us and peed from way up there, almost hitting us who were watching from below. Could've been their way of saying 'buzz off already...' but who knows. They are monkeys. I can't read their minds.


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