I would have to say that life on the mission field is simple. Hanging clothes on the clothes line. Baking from scratch. No TV. No air conditioning or heat (not that we would ever need the heat!). Many of the people we minister to do not have any kind of electricity. Most people do not have cars and simply walk where they need to go. Life is less complicated, in terms of technology and material possesions. With less distractions, life is simple. More focus on family time. Board games and evening walks.
Yet at the same time it is complicated. As in more work! Hanging laundry during rainy season is quite a challenge. And baking from scratch...you know that it is time consuming. Another example is travel within the country. Our country is the size of Massachusettes, yet it would take probably 5 hours to drive across the entire country (thanks to 2-lane highways and rugged mountains). Also remember earlier that I said most people do not have cars? They tend to walk along the highway...even walk across the highway, if needed. Along with cows, donkeys, and sheep, the roads can get crowded!
Maybe this post is just a big oxymoron. I think that friends on the mission field, or those who have visited will understand that life here is simple, yet complicated.