We had a wonderful evening of food, friends, family, photos, fellowship and, of course, FUN at our "We Go To Africa" event last night!! I love sharing stories of what God has done and is continuing to do in Burundi. We have been so blessed to be part of His plan for sharing the Gospel with the people of Burundi for the past 5 years!
We always look forward to our WGTA gatherings and work hard on preparing our home, covering the walls with storyboards, colorful photos, clothing, Evangecubes, anything that helps bring an African flair to the party! Thankfully, a few friends & family arrived early to help wrap up the last few projects in the carport and in the kitchen (thanks-a-million to Lori, Jeff, Victoria, Tony, Lorna, Ray, Mary, Michael). We brought in delicious chicken from Chick-fil-A, a 10 lb., 4-layer cake, bacon-wrapped jalapenos, garlicky hummus & pita. Filled the ice chests with ice and beverages.
Dan lit up the front yard and carport with utility lights strung from the house to the big tree in the middle of the yard. He even set up a firepit & was ready for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores after dark. Our guests arrived in a slow but steady stream. We had family from Orange County and Flagstaff. Friends from many different churches. Congolese refugees, previously living in Rwanda now resettled in Phoenix. This morning, as we were putting the party away, shuffling the furniture back into place, putting things back into our storage shed, I happened to wander into the backyard looking for Dan. And then, I saw the Big Tumbleed and its smaller companion.
Then, I took a second look. Um, yeah. That's our Christmas tree and a chunk that fell off. Apparently, I haven't been in the backyard in a while. And Dan has been hoping I wouldn't notice that he didn't dispose of the tree in the alley like all our neighbors did 3 months ago. Sigh. "Why, Daniel?" "I was planning to chop it up for firewood." Sigh.