August 17 Day 12
Today we realized we were not going to finish the building before having to leave. The last few days have been stressful waiting for materials that were promised but then never delivered. Windows arrive but without glass. Who does that?
Stairs are promised but won’t arrive until we are gone, and the tin for the roof, promised last week has not arrived. Nevertheless we have occupied our time by doing other things while we waited. For instance, we put in a ceiling before we even have a roof over it. Sometimes your schedule gets priority over doing things the right way. That happens in life right? Why shouldn’t it happen on the mission field? And we all know that it can lead to poor results. For us, it may be the last day rush to put a roof on before the rains come which could wreck a good ceiling and second floor. Any way you slice it, it’s a bummer. Once again, we are praying the materials come in the morning. We will let you know…
Toward the end of our day today, we had a great opportunity to play with the children. All you have to do is pull out your phone and begin to show them pictures of your family and they flock around you with a million questions. Each time a picture of Sue would come up I would say, “That’s my wife, the most beautiful woman in the world.” After about 5 or 6 times of that they would finish the sentence for me, “…the most beautiful woman in the world”, then they would laugh all together. They are intrigued by our lives, our homes, our church and our families and just about everything else. Our world is so much different from theirs.
Another bummer for us is that we cannot just bring all these children home with us, just for a day or two. To share with them our lives, our families, our homes, our church, our faith and everything else. One day though we will all gather at the feet of the Author and Perfecter of our faith and we will rejoice together, with no difference between us and the wonderful fellowship that knows no boundaries.
Guess which bummer we care about most? Hint: It’s just a building
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Our guys with James Kanyi (grew up in Huruma). Paul standing in doorway of Nursery Class
Note that they had to put the old siding up as the new has not arrived
Please be in prayer that the tin for roof arrives THURSDAY