Lori and I have been walking almost everyday with the kids. Finding trails that we have never been on. Walking and not knowing where we are going to end up at. It is fun! Lori had a idea to find some widows to go visit, pray with and encourage. We ask around to see who we could find. Several people told us about a house we needed to go visit. So we went expecting a widow but found two that were in love. When we arrived the couple were cooking dinner inside the house. The man can not hear very well which was very annoying to the lady. She kept repeating everything to him in a loud voice. He was very excited that we had come to his house. The both brought chairs out for us to sit on. I love, love, love, the elderly here. They have been through so much and have worked hard to just survive. The first thing I notice, was of course, his shoes. I never asked why he had two different ones on. That is normal here. If ones gets bad you might throw it away but you keep the other one and wear it until it is finished.
These two have been together their whole lives. They love each other. The have only this little house that is falling apart that is their own. It is a two room house made with woven stick and mud. The back room is used as a kitchen, and the front room has a bed and the clothes.
They have several children together. They are grown and most do not live close. Several are not living good lives and that is upsetting to them. They do what they can to get by and survive. They wanted to share a story with us. Last year the husband become very sick. He was so sick that he layed in bed for many days. His wife did not know what to do. She asked those in the church to come and pray for him. Several people came and prayed for him and his wife. He spend two whole days in a coma. He did not know anything that was going on. He was not “awake” and he could not talk. Now he was not in a hospital, in a nice bed, on life support or anything like that. He was laying on the dirt floor of his home. After two days he woke up. Sat right up and wondered what was going on. He gradually got better and could walk around. He told his wife that he wanted to thank God for giving him life when he was surely almost dead. So he decided that they should get married. They had lived together all these years and never made it official.
Since he was still weak he could not walk to the church. He had the pastor come to their house. He put on his suit (in the picture below) and they were married under the tree in front of their house. Even since then he says he has been feeling stronger and better. He went inside and got the married certificate so we could see it for ourselves. He was so proud of it. He asks us if we could give him a developed picture of them sitting in front of their house. They are now receiving a food box each week from RHFH. They do not need a fancy house or “things” to make them happy, they just need each other.