On Board with the Baldwins Blog
Today, we were driving home from a weekend trip to the Ngaparou camp. We left in plenty of time to beat most of the crazy traffic of all those who went to the villages to visit family for the weekend. Something new that we saw today was a rollerblader in traffic! The motorcycles here are pretty crazy, and this was even crazier! He even grabbed onto our bumper and hitched a ride for a little while until we noticed him, and Erik asked him to stop! Senegal sure is exciting!
Some of you may have noticed a significant decrease in our outgoing expenses percentage and are wondering what happened! The short answer is: in order to maximize the fruitfulness of our family and ministry in Senegal, we decided we would be purchasing a different vehicle.
When we first started this journey, some family friends of Erik who were missionaries in Senegal were set to retire. We thought it would be beneficial for both us and them to purchase their household goods (which we are still looking forward to), and their 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara. They, and another missionary family who was holding this vehicle for us, were incredibly gracious and were selling it to us well below market value in Senegal. This vehicle would have been perfect for us 2-3 years ago; however, now as a family of 4, we don't see it meeting our needs and ministry goals.
A few months ago, a newer missionary family to Senegal had a changed ministry direction and will not be returning to Senegal. We will now be able to purchase their 2015 Toyota Landcruiser Prado. We are still getting a great deal on this vehicle, but it did add a significant amount to our outgoing expenses. We are looking forward to having a vehicle which will accommodate passengers and be large enough to haul equipment for the Ngaparou camp!
During our time of pre-field ministry, we may not take the time to write blog posts. Once we get to Senegal and begin having cross-cultural encounters which inspire us to make blog entries, then our feed should become a bit more active. Stay tuned!