Today will be my last trip into town for a while, we have a team coming and should be QUITE BUSY! I am soo excited. Please put us on your prayer list! Team Coggins from Ga. Will arrive Saturday and we will be in the Village of Kabuyu. Pray that God will tender the hearts of the people and they will hear what He wants them to hear. So much can be lost in translation (sometimes)…but we have seen AMAZING things happen through prayer, and I know you have too! Leza Mubotu, Chincey Choncey (God is good all the time)!!
I am working on my Tonga, ‘de La quienda’! Not sure of the spelling, I have to spell it like it sounds to me (I am still hooked on phonics) but it means I love you! I can say RUN, Zuesa, that is in case I see a black mamba, python or other slithery type creation! Which BTW, I have not! PTL
I am off and running with “The Good News Club” it will be similar to the GNC in the U.S. Palmetto Shores Church has been involved with this for years and with the help of Denise Brand (from the US) I hope to get it off and running here! I spoke with the Head Master at Sons of Thunder Elementary School (SOT) they think it is a great idea. They will speak with the head of SOT Ministries to get their approval. There are 289 students in the school and the Head Master thinks they would ALL want to attend! Although, that is a great problem to have. The one problem with that is…it is just me! I obviously cannot handle 300 children alone. SO PRAY GOD SENDS HELP! I think I would be forced to take one grade at a time, having the “club” 2 times a week. Alternating weeks/grades. Students here go to school in two sessions. 7:00 am to 11:30 and 12:00 to 4:30. Many of them have at least an hour’s walk home after school and some even longer. If I keep them another hour for Bible stories, games etc. they will be starved by the time they walk home. Remember they leave the house by 5:30 – 6:00 a.m. WALK to school and no snack/food until they return home which would be around 3:00 or 3:30 for some of them, if they come to the GNC. So I was thinking MAYBE, I could raise the funds to feed them a light snack. I am calculating the cost now for Mealy Meal (that cooks into “nshema”). I have spoken with our Head Master here, he agrees it would be a great program and feels like the women in the surrounding villages would assist in the cooking. So keep this in your prayers, there are still a lot of details to work out, but Ken and I have a saying “where God guides, God provides”! I don’t think it would be but about $18.00 - $20.00 per week for juice and Mealy Meal for nshema….so if you know of a classroom, Sunday school class etc. that would like to take this on, LET ME KNOW!
This week “at a glance” I think with Dr. Suess’ help I could write a few children’s books this week. We have just had ‘creatures’ everywhere. My first book would be titled “Never Take a Bath With a Scorpion” how about “ Sleeping With a Spider” (that could be a great adult novel, remember Sleeping With the Enemy) and then there is my favorite “Get That Bat Out of the House”…aghhh…Africa, how I love thee. Rarely a dull moment! I wish you could have seen Ken swatting that poor defenseless bat. The poor thing is BLIND, and it took Ken 5 minutes to finally knock him senseless! But my man won and I have no fear of vampires at Twilight.
I wish I had time to share more, but I have a so much to do while I am in town. THANK YOU FOR PRAYING FOR US, please know that we pray for you too. God places many of you on my heart during the day and I always stop and pray that whatever is going on in your life that He will walk through it with you, carrying you when necessary!
Sending warm hugs!!!