Yesterday, a couple of guys from our church put up this temporary, tin-sheet wall so that our home would not be subjected to the gazes of the entire neighborhood. We are making progress here, little by little. The fellow in our neighborhood who was responsible for sending water through the pipes to our house has now decided to sell the water on the side to other customers. We have been rationing the few bucketfuls we receive daily and using the “dip-method” to bathe. Anyone that’s ever visited us knows that this simply means using a plastic bowl to dip water out of the bucket to bathe. I sure miss our shower!
It’s taking time for us to readjust to the heat. Also, when the city widened the road in front of our house, the large tree that used to give us shade was cut down. Thankfully, we just received a light rain that has cooled things off. Please pray that the Lord will send us more.
Our Isuzu Trooper had work done on it and we had to replace the battery. We didn’t get down to the Christophe Hotel yesterday to check our e-mail because the Trooper was in the garage all day and most of today. It’s nice to be enjoying a respite from our house since it’s cooler at the hotel. One must learn to continually refocus and be thankful for the blessings that come interwoven with the hardships. For example, Agape Flights came today bringing food boxes for us and used clothing for the needy. We thank all those who sent boxes ahead of time so that we would have use of them just after we arrived.
I wish we could hang around for the Vice-Presidential debate, but that would put us getting back up the mountain too late. Guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see how that went.
Today I used you and Pritchard as examples when reading the following “Words of Wisdom” to my second graders:
“Listen to these words from famous Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran:
You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Gibran isn’t telling us to stop giving our old clothes to charity, or canned
goods to a food drive. These things are important. He’s saying that the best
way of giving is to give our time, skills, and energy to those in need,”
You and Pritchard are true examples of giving of yourself. I love you so much!
We are praying for you and the ministry