With a big blank page, it’s really hard to know where to start; there’s just so many blessings constantly happening here! The first major blessing was an hour and a half lie in, this is unheard of amongst our 6.30 starts for devotion. This enabled the whole team to get some well needed rest, the 16 hour days definitely take their toll.
The second blessing we received was being able to lead a Sunday School with kids aged 5 to 11. I narrated the story of Noah’s ark, whilst the rest of the team acted out the story. This led into using paper plates to make animal masks. The children loved this! This was followed by making rainbows to remind them that we can trust in God and that he always keeps his promises.
After lunch, Prasant, Jamie, Gary and Ian spent time setting up Haven Home’s all new computer room! We have donated nine refurbished laptops, which is going to have such a massive impact on their learning, as they had none. They have been praying for computers for three years and have had a room set aside. Being computer literate will be a huge advantage when they are older and go to university and when they are applying for jobs.
We went to the market the other day and I bought a saree. Prasant’s wife Grace helped me choose it and when I wore it today for church the older girls said I looked like an Indian Princess. This was so humbling and of course Rich had to make me have a photoshoot.
For this evening’s devotion, Diane testified, which was absolutely amazing. The best thing was that Diane only struggled because she has too many stories to tell. It was very inspiring to hear how her faith has grown over the years and how she is able to completely trust in the Lord, especially in her career decisions.
This evening for dinner, the arrangements were slightly different. We usually eat in the family house, but today we ate in the school dining room with all of the children. Prasant also treated the team to Dominos pizza! This was a massive treat and was very different to English Dominos. I had chicken golden delight!
After a lovely dinner, all of the children are going to pack into the family front room and watch Mr Bean. Because I can’t stand Mr Bean, it gives me the opportunity to pack and get an early night’s sleep. Tomorrow morning, we are getting up at the early hour of 5.30, to travel to the mountain villages for a few days. We will be able to officially open the bore well and meet and pray with the families in the villages, play with the children and teach first aid. We would be very grateful for prayer over us as we go out on mission.
I just want to say quickly about how grateful I am for the prayers about my bites. My ankle did swell up which made walking a bit uncomfortable, but I am definitely on the mend. So thank you to everyone who has prayed for me, you are all amazing.
I am going to sign off now as I have lots of packing, tidying and sleeping to do before the big day tomorrow.
Short addition from Gary
Just a short note to say what a star Ian has been today. It commenced at Sunday School, where he played the part of Noah in a drama about said person and the Ark. He was great; but on the downside, we think he may have been responsible for the heavy rain later in the day!
As Georgia has said, we set up the computer room this afternoon and this is where he was able to shine. We had difficulty getting the mice to work (sounds like a funny phrase to type). Ian has spent hours downloading the appropriate software and drivers and now has them all working. It looks great. Hopefully we will be able to attach a photo.
On a separate note; thanks for your prayers for my talk at this morning’s church service. I really enjoyed speaking and was able to do it without using my notes and felt a real calmness come over me as I spoke (in God’s strength).
Please note; as we are in the mountain villages for the next two days, we are unsure if we will be able to send a blog because of signal strength/availability.