The other day we were sitting on my bed in my brand new room, and it occurred to us that we have been racing top speed for 3 months now. That is a long time to be unsettled and working so hard…and those three months just happen to be hot season. We are all worn out, but happy.
We are still working hard each day to try to get our new property ready for teaching. Things are starting to come together. We still have a water system to put in, but at least a few spigots are in already, even if we don’t have a well yet! We have a lot of the classroom building up and usable, although we just found out that we need to build with cement instead of bamboo. So, as soon as we are able we will need to replace what we have done with more permanent materials. The road ahead looks impossible, but God leads us one day at a time.
Already, we are seeing the benefit of living right next to the village. People drop by every little bit all day, and each day a group gathers for English classes and evening worship. We have found lots of ways to make friends in the village. This past week, it was rice planting, or driving people to where they need to go, or helping displaced people move all their belongings to their new homes. (We were not the only ones to lose our land)
We have a new family here assisting us. Millissa and her three girls, Rebecca, Rachel, and Samantha joined us a month ago. Millissa has taken over the kitchen responsibilities while Rebecca is training to be an English teacher. Rachel and Samantha are younger, but they help us as much as they are able to. It is not hard to stay busy when there are a thousand things that need to be done right away before the rains start in.
Although the last three months in many ways have been the hardest of my life, I would not trade it for anything. It is only when things are simply impossible that you really see God working and sustaining. When I look back, I don’t see any way possible that we could have done what we just did. I believe that God wants us all to get to the place in our lives where we depend on Him completely, and not on our puny little selves. In his will is the happiest and safest place to be.