See Burkina Faso Part I and Part II
Our last week in Ougadougou (capital city of Burkina Faso) was a jumble of activity. We did a lot of things, but here were a couple of the bigger things:
We got to join some students at a local university for a bible study. It was interesting to meet some people close to our age and get a look at how their bible studies compare to ours. They spoke in French mostly, so I didn't catch everything, but I got the gist of it.
I got to express my artsy side by painting a mural in the office room of a school. Our team collaborated the night before and settled on painting a vine and having the fruits of the spirt (Galatians 5:22-23) written in both English and French. Before we left for the school, we were surprised by Benoit, my friend from camp, and his brother Elvis. They joined us for the day of painting.
|the group in front of the mural|
We took a small overnight trip to another city named Kaya. It was a little more rural than Ouagadougou, but still a little developed. We visited an orphanage that mostly housed younger kids. The orphanage also had a program where people in the area would bring their kids to make sure that they are getting the right nutrition. During our trip, we also spent some time shopping at the local leather market and visited with Joseph (our host for the entire Burkina Faso trip) and his family.
|feeding time at the orphanage|
On top of visiting the leather market in Kaya (I got a couple leather wallets), we got to visit an artist's market. There were lots of things to look at and it was neat seeing the art from another country. There were instruments, masks, tapestries, jewelry, woodwork, etc. I got a couple tapestries.
Our team also explored the neighborhood near our hostel for some additional souvenirs. I was able to get a mask, some different patterned fabric, a couple soccer jerseys, and a woven bag. The sellers enjoyed bartering and was expected. That was one of the hardest parts of shopping (even though I love a good deal) because the original price was already very reasonable and I would have been happy to buy at that price.
Saying Good Bye:
We were surprised with a going away party. All of the Navigateurs leaders got together and we had pop and talked about our experience. They presented us with some gifts. I received some fabric (probably 5 yards) and a small tapestry. We said our good byes and headed back to our hostel to get all of our stuff ready to leave.
|the going away party|
Be careful and watch yourself closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen
or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.