Last week we had a couple of surprises. Gary went out to look for something in a little room out back where we keep tools. etc. He came back in to tell me to go out and see what was in our tool storage room. I went out and imagine my surprise to find 2 little red hens, pictured below:
Two more surprises. Saturday night, the 10th, we left the house a little after midnight to go to the airport. After we left, our other guard, Fabrice, saw 2 monkeys in our front yard! I would have loved to have seen them!
Second surprise was not nearly as fun. One of the guards saw a red snake in a tree that overhangs our yard. A venomous snake. He asked permission to lop off the fronds that overhang our yard so the snake cannot "drop in " on us. Permission granted.
At the missionaries apartment, they killed a bright green snake, a viper, that was about 4 feet long. That is the second snake in the last few months so I think we will look for them a new apartment. They back up on a wooded river area that is probably a great habitat for the snakes.
Gilbert, the last one of the orphans we brought to Bujumbura, was baptized last week! We are so happy for him---he is a really a likable young man of 18. He and his sisters have been a blessing for the branch.
One of the sister missionaries got ill, and we had to take her to see a doctor. She became quite melodramatic and had to be helped to the car. After tests at the clinic, we discovered she has a parasite. She is now on meds to kill the "beasts." We learned that when we leave the mission, we will be given a combination of drugs lovingly called "The Bomb" that will kill any inner critter we may have picked up.