We need some prayer for our missionary community. Last week one of the young, single missionaries was raped while walking through town. This changes many things. We have always been able to tell people that it was safe here, and it did feel safe. It almost felt like there was a protective missionary bubble over all of us. It was never true, and now we know we have to have care. We can no longer say that it is completely safe. We told our kids about it, giving them more instructions about being out on the streets. During the day I do not think there is much danger, but at night it is never good for a woman to be out alone. Please pray for this young woman and pray for our single women missionaries.
We have always bragged about how our kids are free to roam through town. I still think we will let them have a lot of liberty during the day, but the girls especially have to be home by dusk. I am still thinking about what is best for the boys. Peter does not really go out much. He likes to be home. But David is out and about a lot. And we let him go to parties with his friends at night. I think we will continue to let him go. He is a 13 year old boy on a bike. And the truth is there is less risk for boys than girls. Still, pray that we will have wisdom, and that the mission will have wisdom.