Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lunch in Chloe's Garden

Sunday afternoon, we were invited to have lunch in Chloe's garden. Chloe is a delightful young woman from Belgium who is working as a speech therapist here in Tanzania. We have met her at several international gatherings and she has become one of our "adopted" family. She has, not only, mastered Kiswahili in a few short months, but also has learned the Tanzanian version of sign language.

Chloe is also a vegan, which is no problem for me. Ed usually likes a little more protein with his meal, but he joined in and ate everything served.

Other guests included a Caroline, a medical student from Holland, and Judy, a special needs teacher from England.

We heard rumors that Chloe's specialty was baking breads. She didn't fail us today and made croissants for the first time. She was so proud of them and made sure photos were taken as proof of her culinary abilities.

We've learned in Tanzania that it's not the elaborate meals and beautifully laid tables that make a difference in getting together. Pots of beans and leftovers have often been on the menu. It's the time spent in sharing one another's company that makes our gatherings truly memorable.

Acts 2:46-47 (NLT) They worshipped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord's supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity--all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people.

1 comment:

Rowdy Girls Mama said...

I love the way you laid out this story! And that last photo of you and Pappaw is my new favorite. Ruby and I had such a nice time reading this together this morning :)