Tuesday, July 9, 2013


The past week has been unlike any other I've experienced. We got to Abeche late last Wednesday and stayed at a guesthouse for two nights. It was that night, while getting ready for bed, that I thought to myself, "This is the first time in my sixteen years that I've ever had to live without running water."

And since we've moved into the house that we're in now, the house with the pretty blue tile and funky layout, life has been anything but easy. The water is hauled in every day or so by the boy who walks around town selling it. It's then dumped into one of our several blue barrels. To drink water, we fill up bottles and pour it in the water-filter inside, then wait for it to run through the filter so we can drink it.

The bathroom is a hole in the ground, called the warabeet, surrounded by (not four) but three walls. If you hear footsteps coming your way you simply call out, "Dageega!" Which, in Arabic, means wait a minute. I'm still getting used to the warabeet -- that includes the (not small, mind you) roaches and the rat I almost stepped on. I also peed on my headscarf. Yes, I guess you can say I'm still getting used to the warabeet . . .

Speaking of headscarves, women here keep their head covered. I'm also getting used to wearing a scarf, which is called tarha, anytime I step out the front door.

Food. The first day I got here I ate spaghetti off the lid of a barrel with six other people. We were all eating with our bare hands.  The bright side?  There's not as much dishes to wash. Fatuuma, a woman who comes in the mornings to help out, makes Chadian food for lunch. yum.

We haven't gotten the best sleep in the past week, the electricity comes on normally at sundown and stays on for a couple of hours. That's when my computer and iPod gets charged (gotta have music), and we soak up every second the ceiling fans are on. We end up on the roof some nights, enjoying the cool breeze and the stars.

As you can see, I have much to learn. And yes, though this week has seemed like we're barely surviving and it's probably been one of the hardest my life, it also easily could be the best week of my life. Why? I don't know, but maybe it's because through all this, though sometimes it seems like I have nothing, I have Jesus. And I'm learning, slowly but surely, how to truly be content, how to truly live.

this is me, the one who's never started a fire with coal, boiling water. and hey, the pasta didn't actually turn out that bad! 

ps: if you could, pray for three of the Broten kids who've been struggling with a fever and stomach bug. 


  1. You are amazing. To be able to go through that with such a good attitude and focus on Jesus. I actually truly which I was able to have such an awesome experience as you! Simply wonderful.

  2. Wowww!! I'm not sure I could do all that you're doing especially the warabeet thing!!! But I'm glad you're getting this experience!! :) Keep leaning on Jesus!
    Also, I really really like your dress in those pictures!!! :)


  3. Oh wow, this is so. surreal. I was just so amazed and blown reading this and seeing the beautiful photos of you!
    What an amazing adventure you've been having...I'll be praying about the sick children too. :)

  4. I don't believe I have commented yet on your blog...but I just wanted to let you know that I have so enjoyed reading about this amazing adventure that God is taking you on! I've been reading along for quite awhile, but just haven't gotten around to leaving a note. Kendra, keep on following after Jesus with all your heart. It is so neat to hear what the Lord is teaching you and the ways He is using your obedience to further His kingdom. Keep on shining for Him!

    Love in Christ,


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