Well, I did have great intentions for a weekly blog update, and two months after my last post I see I haven’t quite fulfilled that. We have been having a busy time here in the village and my blog has taken a back seat. However, I do want to keep it up, so I will try to write something, but it may be short and sweet and hopefully with a photo or two, all depends on the speed of our internet which is not very fast to say the least.
So what are we so busy with?
I have been really excited to pick up my ladies Bible Study again, it is a great joy for me to meet with the ladies each Wednesday afternoon and to study the Word of God together. The greatest thrill is to see them grow and mature in their walk with the Lord and I am so encouraged by their interest to read the Bible and to learn more about living for Jesus. We are usually about 15 ladies, we meet here at our place, and it is just like any ladies group at home, there is coffee and chatting and sharing and crying and laughter and fellowship. It is one of my most tiring days in the week, but always the most rewarding.
I have also been working on putting together lessons for the kids so we can start to teach them for the first time, in the next month of two. All this takes so much time and I am so thankful for the ladies that help me out with everything that I do.
Daily life is of course always “different” here, you really never know what a day will hold. The other morning before I even had my cereal a little girl (6 years old) came by with a really nasty cut on her thumb. She had hit it with a chisel, and then her mom had wrapped it in guava leaves, as a kind of band aid/plaster. By the time I got it all cleaned up, I wasn’t really in the mood for my cereal anymore, and thus starts another day. 🙂
One thing I have found myself saying/thinking a lot lately is, “when we get into a routine I will……update my blog, write so and so an email, bake some things and freeze them, or whatever it may be at the time. However, after two months of this, we still have not got “into a routine.” I am remembering that here in the village there never really is a routine. Or at least not the routine that I am used to. Here routine is, the sun rising and setting, crops being planted and harvested and everything in between is just life. It is quite ironic that this week the only clock in our house broke. So, I have been reminded once again that I need to take each day as it comes, ask the Lord for wisdom for each person and scenario that arrives at my door and stop waiting for the perfect time before I get things done. I know the Lord has a plan for each day, and some mornings that may mean washing and cleaning the wound of a 6 year old girl at 7am before I have eaten my breakfast. No, it isn’t routine and sometimes it throws my plan for the morning off a little, but that is life, it is our life and these moments in the days are not interuptions but indeed opportunities to show God’s love and grace to these little souls. I am still in the learning process in so many areas of life and ministry, but I am grateful that God brings these things to my attention, and reminds me of what is really important. Learning how to balance, life and ministry and family is going to be a life long journey but I am ready to start learning now, and not waiting for the “perfect time’. And speaking of family……
How is Izzy handling life in the village? She loves it! How could she not, she has a whole village looking after her!