Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Before Holly


The Porter's Future Home in Lira Posted by Picasa

I'm thinking some potted and hanging plants, window boxes, maybe shutters--would do wonders for this baby. Ben is convinced that's a banana tree on the left side and we have no idea what the mud structure on the right is. I'm just happy to have electricity and running water, a gas stove, fridge, two bedrooms (we already ordered a second mosquito to protect any guests from malaria), and I can garden. There is a field next to the house that I'm told I won't have energy to plant. I have been hoping for a place to create beauty (and food) gardening--or as the Ugandans call it, "digging." Depending on what's in the mud thing--don't you think the porch--with a screen over it, could be a perfect place to sit and smoke hookah, talk over the day and drink African red tea?

13 comments:

Joey said...

i like ur house. i wish we could of hung out more i miss u guys.
joey

Drea said...

This place has a lot of potential. It's a lot better than what I imagined! It even looks peaceful. I can't wait to see the "after Holly" pictures!

Travis said...

I'll bring some hookah, and a house warming gift just as soon as the guest bedroom is set up for visitors.

Holly & Ben Porter said...

I'll hold you to it!

zachee said...

We are saying Welcome in Africa ,in Lira North of Uganda. I found the house inspiring many ideas about life you are coming to do in uganda.
As God 's children we are called to do his work. The work you are going to do is one of other people have done in many ways. The First missionary in our centries was Jesus. He left his holly places with God and come on earth. He left the beauty of heavens, he left the wonderful houses ,he left his fathers, he left the glory in heaven from his servant to come to serve the human being. You remember where he was born, you know.He lived in a house of carpenter.Thathouse I am sure can t be compared with the house in Florida with a nice pool. More than that Jesus was a strange to his community. He was accused by the religious leaders to be a rebel, he has many ennemies. He was not accepted. But, you will be received by the community which is suffering there. They will give all their best and the support.
After that you will be glad for the work you will be doing .You will see the result and it will give you more joyce.You will be close to those suffering, you will suffer sometimes, but you will rejoyce when you will save the night girls from the danger of death. The community will see a light they will walk wothout stumbing, ....
It is a house not nice ,not bad , but which will host you,and which will enable to the your missionary work.
After the worker, you will come and rest.
You will have wonderful fresh fruits, wonderfulk fresh meals,wonderul sping waters. You will share your journey, you will comment and discuss ,and you will need another point of vue from someone else, that someone else is in with you. He/she is your new baby Holben. We wish all the best in Africa, to be blessed, to increase your generation like stars in sky and sands of sea.
May peace of God, and joy that no one can give on eath only God , be with you and for your generation
Zachee

Josh said...

Holly and Ben -
I plan on posting here as frequently as possible ! Dang, good stuff Holly, I like what you've written. I would like to offer my expert opinion about the tree behind the house, it IS a banana tree. I am inclined to agree with my bro, but in this case I belive he's right. Let me know when you get there. We'll be praying for you.
Josh

RomaChooshka said...

Looks like a nice place, it's going to be awesome place of peace love and joy.God bless you and ur ministry.

Lizz said...

Banana tree? No such thing - sorry brothers, it's a palm. The little structure on the left looks like a great place to keep gardening tools! If you don't have energy to plant, maybe Jerry and I can help when we come visit. We were trying to figure out when winter was, but apparently the only thing that's forcasted for the next 3 years is heat - sometimes wet sometimes dry. You guys will be in the lap of luxury looks like - this place is at least twice the size of ours. :-) Are you bringing your cello with you Ben?

Ben Porter said...

Lizz, Where do you come up with ideas like "banana trees don't exist". I lived in the same house with you while we picked bananas off trees in Bonaire.
The little place on the right is decidedly either a kitchen or the bathroom. So far we've been told that we have plumbing, but no one has seen the inside yet. We also know that our Country Respresentatives are getting us a stove---so, maybe we will keep our tools in there.
No, I'm not bringing my cello. I was a very painful decision, but we couldn't risk it getting broken on the never-ending flights. Also, the climate is so humid that the seams would open. So, I'm working on finding one out there. We hope to find one in Kenya at some point.
We are leaving on Wednesday the 2nd :)

Mama said...

I will come help you plant flowers and wind chimes and maybe we can find someone to make a porch swing. Then we can have a garden party in your African oasis. I love you two!
Mama

Nickie said...

Looks like you'll be able to hear the rain on the tin roof. That should be romantic. You know Nora Jones has a song about rain on the tin roof.

I too can't wait to see the house "post Holly". I think a porch swing is definately in order. And perhaps some milk shakes! Can never go wrong with milk shakes! I guess you'll find out really soon what it is like.

Nickie

Nickie said...

Looks like you'll be able to hear the rain on the tin roof. That should be romantic. You know Nora Jones has a song about rain on the tin roof.

I too can't wait to see the house "post Holly". I think a porch swing is definately in order. And perhaps some milk shakes! Can never go wrong with milk shakes! I guess you'll find out really soon what it is like.

Nickie

Holly & Ben Porter said...

Sorry Porter kids--the banana tree controversy may never be solved. (although we did magnify the picture and we think we identified several green bananas on the tree as confirmed by our Africa expert Zachee from Burundi) Despite this being the most popular blog for comments--as it turns out it won't be our place of residence and there will be no "After Holly" photos. Our landlord backed out last minute. Some alternative housing has been found but we've yet to see the place and don't have any photos. As soon as we do I'll get them up here. The new place also has space for digging and is supposedly an even nicer house with running cold water, electicity and 3 bedrooms. That means that Ben and I expect all of you who said you'd come visit and plant flowers and bring gifts and sit on porch swings and smoke hookah, etc. to actually come and put the rooms to good use.