You know how it is after a big project is done.. time to tackle all the other stuff that waited for the Big One to finish and seek an opportunity to rest shortly after that. We took about a week at home to deal with urgent things in Bo before driving to Freetown. We are still sorting through the details of having a well ministry here so we spent some time with Rev. Issa, the CinA National Superintendent, discussing that and other CinA issues. The truck underwent another mechanical ‘update’; we bought more equipment for our next well project (sponsored by a local missionary who lives in Baomahun, about two hours away); and we enjoyed resting and spending time with a missionary family of seven in Freetown. We even made it to the beach for the first time in ‘forever’…well sort of. We sat close to it and relaxed but an incoming rainstorm cooled things off too much to go swimming… North Americans might have enjoyed it but we Africans found it a wee bit chilly!
Next week we are hosting guests from Freetown- missionary friends the first half of the week, then Issa and Daphne Kargbo and one of the members of the Christians in Action SL Board who will be here for five days for the Annual General Meeting. Please pray for delicate situations to be handled well and resolved and a spirit of unity and fellowship under the authority of Jesus Christ. In preparation for these guests, God provided a bed for our office/guestroom. It isn’t ‘compact’ but we quite like it’s unique style and feel much better about having people staying—especially as the rains sometimes are not stopped by our aluminum windows, creating large puddles INSIDE the rooms along the back of our house!
At the end of this month we plan to travel to Baomahun for the next well installation for a local school property. We will be spending time with the missionaries there as well ~ Stephen and Laura Holt. They have been working there for over four years. Wells for schools have presented us with a problem in terms of volunteers to help with clarifying the well. When that day comes we ideally need twenty men to form two teams, one to rest while the other is running. Head count right now is five volunteers. Being a mining community many want to be paid for missing a day at work. That day might be the day they ‘hit it big’. So pray that we get enough ‘hands’ to get the job done right.
Within a week of learning that we put a well in Wonah, FIVE more villages contacted our Koidu pastor and begged for help with wells for their own villages….THESE PEOPLE DO NOT JUST NEED THE WATER, THEY NEED THE WORD.
We PRAISE THE LORD for:
- Supporters who sent funds to help us do some major repairs on the truck in March. May the LORD make His face to shine upon you and bless you.
- For friends in Freetown who open their homes to us when we need to spend time in the capitol (hotels are expensive)
- For mechanics in Bo and Freetown who get ‘er done so we can get on the road
- For light again after two weeks without (a jeep hit the pole just before our house, snapping it in two. Pole won, jeep lost, two men in hospital)
- For more missionary friends to fellowship with
- For pastors’ interests in some of the ideas we have to help with agriculture and ministry in rural areas
- For being able to help a former, trustworthy employee find employment
- For an overnight visit from Steve and Sheila & Aaron and Min who made us a stopping place on their prayer journey in Sierra Leone a week ago. Their love, encouragement, goodies and kimchi, as well as healing prayers really lifted our spirits
It is getting to the time of year that we need to plan for our annual mission house
rental payment. This isn’t just our home, it is our office, storage for well drilling equipment, and a place to start our agricultural projects…in other words, ideally situated for the work that we are doing. Please prayerfully consider if God would like you to help support our work in this way.