|A man dressed for a tribal dance.|
While we were in Guinea Bissau, our children had an idea of life in America. They believed children were super nice, never bullying or saying bad words. They had this mind picture of America being beautiful in all ways. The other day our girls went on a bike ride. While they were out they passed some girls that were also out and and waved to them. Those girls responded by saying rude comments to our girls and finishing it with calling them punks. Our girls couldn't understand it. Why would these teenage girls speak that way. While we were sad for our girls, we were glad for them to see that no place and no one is perfect.
Coming back to America, we have been in major culture shock with the drastic change in culture in just three years. We made the mistake of going to Walmart after dark the other night. I am still baffled that no one we were staying with told us it was a bad idea, but none the less, we went. We were so surprised by the people roaming Walmart at night, we could hardly focus on what we needed, but we got it quickly and got out. I really wanted to post a picture for you of people at Walmart, but it was quite difficult to find an appropriate one. So, visit people of walmart, if you dare, to get a better understanding of what we mean...although I don't know that it truly is necessary.
The deeper thing that bothers us is why is America like this? There are churches everywhere, practically on every street corner in some places. People are literate, the Bible is freely available, churches are open every week, and the number of christians in America is great. The truth of the matter is Satan has his hand in the world. America is not immune to Satan, contrary to what our children believed. We need to be together praying. The same way we became prayer warriors in Guinea Bissau praying against Satan's work, we need to do the same here. While we may rather deal with the witchdoctors, God is equipping us to deal with whatever we may encounter here in America. We are ready to serve Him in a different capacity, and to glorify Him in all our words and actions.