Last night Gary and I had the pleasure of hosting 7 of our 8 students for supper in our apartment here in Niamey. Schools are starting over the next 2 weeks, so most of our boys from out in the Makalondi area have arrived back in the city for their next "annee scolaire". Most of them live together in the dorm, but two live with family, so we thought that it would be a good idea for us all to get together once a month for a meal so we can catch up and make sure everyone is "thriving".
They love the popular Chinese meal here of Nems Chinois and Cantonese Rice, so that was the surprise hit of the evening, along with the chocolate cake. There was alot of talking and laughing going on around this table!
It was great to be able to spend time catching up, but also discussing/debating the "subject" of the evening: Choosing a wife. That certainly was interesting! It was encouraging to hear the guys list the qualities they would look for and the spiritual depth. They asked Gary and I alot of questions and really paid attention to the "words of wisdom" we gave them, but more importantly to what words they find in Proverbs. As we prayed together at the end of the evening, it was so beautiful to hear their hearts being expressed to their Heavenly Father. What a super bunch of guys we have been privileged to be "mom and dad" to these past 13 years!
I wonder what next month's subject will be!
From L to R: David (3rd yr. medical student), Matthew (3rd yr. Business), Yumanli (Junior H.S.), Mayimba (1st yr. Business college), Jeremie (Sophmore H.S.), Humbo (Senior H.S.), Dieu Donne (Senior H.S.)