Sweat bees

Little did we know that sweat bees, the pesky gnat like creatures that buzz around your head and get in your hair, especially when you’re hot and sweaty, (hence our nickname for them) actually make tasty honey?  We knew that they could make a sticky hard-to-remove glob of wax.  We knew that they could gum up a keyhole like nobody’s business. We knew that they love to make tube tunnels into window and door frames to make their homes.  I actually also knew that they have an affinity for my dark bluegreen dress – I have had them start to make a waxy mess up the sleeve, in just a few hours’ time on the clothesline, why that particular dress?  Who knows.  We discovered, as our welder friend, Serge, was reinforcing the bolts on our anti-theft window bars, that they make delicious honey.  In order for Serge to get to the bolts, the wooden window frames and removable sills had to be scooted back.  All the bedroom and bathroom windows in the vacant house next door (sometimes used by short termers and guests) had honey factories in the frames.  Here are Sylvie and Antonio enjoying some honey!  The honeycomb is very different looking, like little bulbs on stalks.  I wonder if there are larva in the bulbs, like in regular honey bee combs?

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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