I've been enjoying getting into the natives homes and visiting more with Jacob and the children again lately. We've gone out three times in the last week n half. With that and bible studies on Wednesdays and all the normal home duties it's made for a busy but enjoyable schedule.
Today most of the women are cleaning at Joseph Hostetler's place in preparation for their return. So instead of Stacy helping with my cleaning, I'm doing my own and not helping down there, as we are on to host prayer meeting here tonight. Stephen, one of the youth boys from church spent the night here last night and is helping with hedge trimming or whatever all outside work Jacob has for him. Jake is busy running James' to the immigration office and taking care of other business in town. Wayne's returned last Wednesday. It's great to have them back again. Our fill-ins, some Kuephers from Kansas, arrive today. Marlin Stolzfus' left last week. Like someone said recently, on the mission field, you have to learn to deal with lots of changes! So much coming and going!
Stephen (age 17?) normally would be in school but his boarding school had a problem the other week. A teacher beat a student and a bunch of students retaliated and started breaking windows and other things and went on strike. There was no school for a week or two and now before they come back, every student is to pay 3000 shillings ($30).. a huge sum! I think there are somewhere around 800 students. I was asking Stephen about their school schedule. Their rising time is 4AM. They are to study on their own till breakfast at 6:00. If they fall asleep there is a punishment. They have approx. 11 classes with breaks ever 2 hours or so. Bedtime can be as late as 11:00 ! I'm like "that's not enough sleep!!!"
"I know" he says, "but you get used to it!" Wow.
|sorting rice before church in prep for a fellowship meal|
|Where we stayed|
|The Hut on the hill is where we stayed. Very nice, relaxing accommodations.|
|I loved the adventure of taking a road less traveled and seeing some beautiful scenery on the island even tho we looked a little worse for the wear till we got thru here.|
|Fishing boats by the ferry landing|
|eating roasted peanuts at Angeline's house|
|singing and helping Elizabeth shell maize|
|Children playing while we visit Silpa...the little fellow is playing with a top|
|A small duka where I got some sewing done.|
|Just hanging out in the kitchen|
|Some times it's smarter to hike than drive !|
|Rachel has been busy. Beans, sorgum,and other unfamiliar crops lying out to dry.|
|The pull of the mud was irresistible to a couple little boys.|
|A visit with Rachel and her grandson Joseph|
|We were greatly amused by the cat thigh hanging out of the ceiling during Bible study at Silpa's house.|
|Enjoying lemongrass tea, rice, and friendship after Bible study yesterday.|