"Be still"

Josh and Beth Paulick on March 10, 2020

    Yesterday Owen woke up from his nap early and fell back asleep in my arms.  As I was sitting there, soaking up the time just to be able to hold him, I looked around our house, and it hit me suddenly, we really are here!  We are in Togo.  In many ways, we got here and “hit the ground, running” unpacking and setting up our house and it was nice to sit and just rest in being here in Togo.  This is what we have been working towards for a long time now.  I thought back to one of the first prayer letters that we ever sent out when I was rocking Elijah to sleep (when he was a baby) and was struck with being “still.”  It brought up the verse, Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (emphasis mine). It hit me how much this is our prayer that God will be exalted among all the nations, in Togo, in the United States, in France…in all the nations.  But the verse also says to “Be still, and know that I am God…”. I know I am often guilty of not being still and dwelling on who God is.  I was very thankful for that reminder yesterday.  
    It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since we’ve been in Togo!  We ended our time in the United States at the beginning of February and left for Togo, February 4th.  We arrived with only minor issues (like a 4 year old with a case of airsickness)  and hit the ground running.  We spent the first few days in Lomé, the capital city getting things we needed for our home, and getting groceries, especially some of the things you can really only get in Lomé.  On Saturday, the 8th, we started out on our 10 hour journey north to Mango.  In typical African style, here is our van we took, loaded on top.  However, not like African style, we did not have any live animals or people up there as well, and we were not crowded in the van.  :).

Togovan The Hospital van getting ready to leave to take us up to Mango...

    We have spent the last few weeks getting moved into our home.  All of our belongings made it here without any majors problems!  It was so nice to be able to get our sheets, and towels, and dishes out to use!  Every day opening another crate was like Christmas.  We still have some unpacking to do, but we are definitely feeling more settled!  It’s been good to be able to go to market to get some of the fruits and veggies we need, as well, as going fabric shopping!  Avery was able to go with me one of the times and picked out some fabric for curtains for her room.  
    The kids started school right away, with them starting Monday, February 10th.  They have been challenged and are struggling with being a little behind (in English) from being in French school.  Elijah, learned print in kindergarten (in the US) and then learned to write in (French) cursive for 1st and half of 2nd grade and now he is back to writing in print again.  He’s been struggling with handwriting, but when you look at his dad’s handwriting it’s no wonder. We expected them to be a little bit behind but I know they will both catch up.  Isaiah and Owen are staying home with me.  Once we get a little more settled, I hope to work on some homeschool preschool curriculum I have with Isaiah.

Togohouse Our new home!
KidsschoolTogo The Kid's school building.

    February 26th, was the 5 year anniversary of the Hospital of Hope opening.  It was so amazing to be able to be here and celebrate with them.  We had a ceremony on that Wednesday, and then soccer games on the Saturday after.  One of the games was the missionary expats against the Togolese staff at the Hospital.  Josh played and they only lost 1-0.

5yearanniversaryHOH 5 year anniversary (see if you can find us!)

    Josh started at the Hospital this week.  He was able to scrub in on some surgeries and is getting used to the system here.  He was enjoying being able to get back into surgery again, after being out of it for over 2 years now.  He was also able to spend a little time with the chaplain team to see what they do.  
Praises and Prayers
1.)  Please pray that we would be able to find a balance with all the daily living and ministry and family life.
2.)  Praise that we made it here to Togo!
3.) Please pray for the kids in their transition.  
4.) Praise that Josh is getting back into surgery and using his skills to be a light to those here in Togo.