For the past two and half years, we’ve been enjoying a kerosene fridge on loan to us from the hospital (how a kerosene fridge works is beyond even Caleb’s expertise). Well, it turned out that the hospital needed the fridge back for storing blood, and the price of kerosene has been rising-up to about $35 dollars a month. So we took the plunge and gave it back. Surprisingly, the children didn’t seem to mind: “I’m glad we don’t have a fridge anymore,” Caleb Jr said. “Now we can say we don’t have a fridge!” Well, it’s back to the basics, I guess; the only thing that cramps our style a bit is that it’s difficult to make butter and yogurt now. I have noticed that I guard the tree tomato jam less jealously, knowing that it will spoil anyway. I suppose it’s an attitude I should have for more of our material goods. It’s a good reminder not to “store up …treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.”Matthew 6:19-21
Along those lines, we were interested to read in African Friends and Money Matters (a must read for anyone spending time in Africa) that in West Africa, one people group has a pejorative term for Westerners-“the people who have refrigerators.” For them, having a refrigerator means hording food instead of giving it away, I suppose. We do hope to get a solar refrigerator, at some point, but in the meantime we’ll work on using our resources wisely and sharing our excess food.