A lot happens at our houseÂ during the week. We’re often teaching Bible studies, having families over for meals, homeschooling, hosting guests, counseling, meeting people who just dropped by, and fixing something or the other. Sometimes people wonder how IÂ find time to stay on top ofÂ those things AND keep our house clean.
Here’s theÂ secret: I don’t keep the house clean!
Meet Martha. She’s our housekeeper, and she’s wonderful! Every morning Monday through Saturday, she comes in and washes all our dishes, mops our floors, cleans our bathrooms, and helps with laundry. Her familyÂ lives in an apartment in our backyard, and has since before we moved here.
MarthaÂ has helped us learnÂ how to live in and interact with our local community. She helps us decide if we should go to the Neighborhood Watch meeting, how much to contribute to the neighborhood ladies’ funeral fund, what to do about the localÂ crazy woman whoÂ thinks she lives at ourÂ house,Â and tipping us off that our neighbor’s daughter is getting married this weekend (so we can be ready for a night of loud music!). You could say she isÂ the “point guard” at our house. We don’t even know everything that comes through her, because she managesÂ so muchÂ without even bothering us.
Best of all, MarthaÂ is our friend. We laugh together as she washes dishes and I make lunch. We share recipes and thoughts about parenting. We can ask one another cultural questions and talk about difficult issues without fear of it damaging our relationship. She is indispensable, not only for a clean house, but also for helping us be part ofÂ Malawi. Martha is one of the reasons we love to call this place home.