A couple of before & after pics
This may not look overly exciting as missionary work to you. But it is part of living out here. You always have to repair/keep up your house. That is one reason landlords like us because we do keep up. Anyway, now we're not in the mud, our cement is better and the house has kept its value again. We thank Moussa & his team for being cheerful to work with, and keeping his word. (That means a lot out here.)
We started this job because of scorpions, etc. It was an intense 2 weeks of workers carrying sand, pounding it down, making bricks, having the welder in town make doors, coming in to hang them, etc. almost all done... Just a little electric work left for our generator to be installed and ready to go...
Before... Old cement pounded out, sand brought in
Moussa laying bricks. (Great job Moussa!!)
New porch area! Nice.
In the midst of all this, it seems that ministry opportunities are booming too. I've been teaching ESL 4 days a week. Starting at 4pm ending at 6pm... I come home tired from that, but encouraged because the students are really making progress. They can talk to me in English now. Short termers coming out, (Like Dusty in December) will appreciate being able to speak to some people in English.
Also, night/evening conversations with pastors keep going on. We've been talking alot recently about cults, and denominational differences and how to know who is a sister or brother in Christ and who is a downright stranger to the Gospel.
Its been fun to talk through this with guys here. The idea has been brought up for me to teach a section on this at church for whoever is interested, but focusing on village pastors. We'll see how that turns out.
Thanks for praying for us,
God is really blessing, and we're doing great.
(Caleb was sick, and it turned out to be a case of Malaria. The meds did fine, and he's fine now. PTL!!!!)
Tom & Lisa