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I have now had my first night back in Baseco.

Walking into Baseco and going into our little house, the main thing that has struck me, is how confined and cramped everything is. The whole world is just “there”, all closely connected around you, just no space at all…and everything is so small. Even things that I remember as being big, they seem so small.

The world here is so tiny, cramped and confined, no space is wasted and no space is given, nor does it seem to be needed. There seems to be an increased density of houses and therefore, there must been an increase in population (which  2014 was 125,000), if this has increased, that’s amazing.

Trying to sleep in such a noisy place. I know it’s noisy here, it always has been, but I actually think that the noise has increased. I suppose there is both more people, and then those people have a greater access to electricity, so more noise is produced. Adjusting back into the noise will be a challenge.

Some of these comparisons are due to me spending so long in Perth, Western Australia, especially being in the Pilbarra region, where there is no shortage of space at all, and “quiet” also abounds.

I arrived in Baseco at about 1pm, by 3pm I attended the first youth service. Raw, unpolished, but so good. So nice to be with young people in wild, exuberant speaking in tongues and worship. All just the way it should be.

It’s going to be a great year ahead for us.

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