Today is the 5th of September. It is raining for the first time since April! We are so thankful for the rain, but it is strange to be having such cold weather after enjoying summerlike conditions for the past couple weeks. I think today has been colder than any actual winter days.
Our time at Tshepo ya Bana has officially come to an end, but we are still living at Plot 94, now as renters. We have gone to see 4 or 5 houses, but they have all been too small, or too expensive or too far away or a combination of all three. We are still talking to the people who own the “no electricity house”, hoping and praying that there will be a solution. Will you please join us in praying about this? For me, it is hard to put this house out of my mind as it just felt like the place we should be. Even though it needs A LOT of work, it could be a real home for our family.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for Elaine, Floyd and Floyd Jr. We did hear that Floyd Sr. has been having a few better weeks since his cancer diagnosis. Please continue to pray for this family, that they will come to know the Lord and also for physical healing.
We are still waiting to take possession of the minivan; Waiting for the owner to get back into the country so that we can sort out paperwork. Hard to be patient, but we are learning! God really has been so good to our family and when we look back, we can see he has been leading and directing us every step of the way, so lovingly and faithfully.
My dad is here for a visit and some pastoral training. He has been in Uganda, Kenya, here with us and then heading on to Ethiopia. We love that my dad continues to be healthy enough to travel and stop to spend time with us along the way.
Tyson and Jori are doing well. They are over ½ way finished with the school year now. Hard to believe that next year we’ll have a 7th and 5th grader! They are growing so much and I am trying to enjoy this current stage, even with the onset of puberty, excess hormones, eye rolling, foot stomping and the like.
We are keeping busy with family life, caring for Amo, and our work with Take Action Ministry. Now that we are no longer with TYB, Amo has become our full responsibility. It has been interesting taking her out to meetings and site visits, but she travels well and I am getting better at having her things packed the night before. We are thankful that her feeding has become easier over the past few months and pray that this continues to be the case! Amo has spent the last 3 weekends with her family, which has been good for all of us. They love spending time with her and we enjoy having a small break, although both Darin and I catch ourselves walking past her cot, smiling down, before realizing she isn’t there J
I started this post this morning and now it is almost 9 at night and it is still raining. There were brief let-ups in the downfall, but for the most part it has been raining for about 24 hours! We are so thankful for this water, which will feed the land, bringing new life to the surface, and seeping into the ground keeping the boreholes from running dry. Thanks be to the Lord!