I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last blog post. I’m really not sure sometimes where the time goes. We have been here over three months and we have “settled in” nicely. We had a team from Grace Bible Palestine come in March, and it was great to see familiar faces (including my Mom and my sister!!). Here are some pictures from when the team was here. They accomplished so much while they were here – many projects were done. But mostly, they were an amazing encouragement to us. Thank you so much Grace Bible Palestine!! We love and miss you guys.
While the team was here, Buttercup had twins. Dino and Melissa’s grandkids named them Popcorn and Pizza. I thought those were strange names, but Popcorn definitely lives up to his name, hopping and popping up all over the place. They are precious. Apparently the preference was for Buttercup to have girls instead of boys. But I think my being here is going to save them from what might have otherwise been their fate. 🙂
We also got 8 new female goats – three adults with their four babies and one more that is young and has no mother. They were very skittish when they arrived, but they are getting used to us and most of them will let us pet them now.
Samuel’s Sanctuary sits towards the top of what people call Cisco hill. And we are near Magnet hill. People end up breaking down along this stretch of road quite frequently. It’s not unusual to have someone stop asking for help because of a flat tire or a dead battery. We have even had people ask if we could sell them a car battery! But twice in the past 3 months we have heard the horrible sound of a crash. One was a transfer truck hauling oranges that jack-knifed into the ditch. And then early this month we heard a crash and when Randy and Dino ran up the hill, they found a man trapped in his truck in the ditch. I have pictures of both of them. It was a miracle that Greg (the one who wrecked this month) is alive. Randy and Dino took him to the hospital in Dangriga and had the opportunity to talk to him about his life choices and his relationship with Christ. Greg and his girlfriend have stopped by here a couple of times on their way back from Belmopan or other places North of us.
Work has started on the family home that Randy and I are planning to live in with 10 boys! As the blog earlier this month stated, we have begun the process of all the paperwork necessary to get certified as a vocational training center for boys. The house building crew will be back later this week to begin framing the house. I will post more pictures when that process begins, but for now, this is what is there so far.
We do a Bible study for kids from the village every Sunday afternoon. We usually have a story from the Bible and coloring sheets that go along with the story. Then we have prayer time and we sing songs. Then whatever time is left we play some sort of game (i.e. dodge ball, soccer, croquet). We also just started a Bible study on Friday evenings for youth and adults (ages 13 and up).
I need to stop for now. I have so many other things I’d like to share, but I need to get this posted and head to bed. Please pray for health for everyone here. There has been a horrible flu that has been going around. The workers from the village (Isa & Daniel) both have it and Dino, Melissa and Rebekah have all either had it or are currently sick. So far Randy and I have been spared. I have been doing the cooking since people started getting sick. I have even made homemade tortillas and fry-jacks. Of course, they aren’t anything like Isa’s, but until she is back to work it will just have to do.
Thank you for reading about our time here…