Final blog entry as the Terekeka team

31 01 2013

In South Sudan, Cool is a flavor.

This blog post is our final blog post concerning our January 2013 MABC South Sudan Mission Trip to Terekeka. We decided as a team to construct a compilation of our observations and revelations during our time in Terkeka. Cool is a flavor as we came to realize cool water tastes different in the challenging climate of Terekeka during dry season.

This is Steve Sokoly. This was my 2nd trip to Terekeka, my 4th trip on a MABC mission trip to a Harvesters orphanage. Each trip brings me some things to really consider and draws me closer to a God who loves us. One big item I realized was that when giving to Harvesters in South Sudan, we should all give the very best we have to offer. While the difference in price for those giving an item for a sea container headed to Harvesters may be the difference of 100% in price difference to us, the reality on the other end in Africa is priceless. It is best to provide only the best items when it comes to many things like tools and equipment. I really think my biggest lesson is to give our best to God as He offered His best to us in the sacrifice of His Son. In Colossians 3:17 we’re told “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” The difference between simply giving something to be sent to Harvesters and giving the best is played out in that there is NO Home Depot, True Value or Lowes anywhere within 37 hours of Terekeka. When a cheap item breaks, they have to make do without. And that does present other challenges as they build the new school at Terekeka. Finally, from the book of Colossians also: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

This is Tara Ferguson. This was my first trip to Harvesters Terekeka but one of many mission trips. One thing I am always asked when returning home is “How was the trip, was it worth it?” What is worth the expense, the hardships….the time away from my family? It is very simple—an 8 pound, 7 month old baby came one afternoon to the gate of orphanage, he was given some milk and we prayed that he would survive the night. Joseph did survive and was eating formula when we left. Baby Bero’s legs were so bent and tight when we arrived but after some physical therapy and fashioning some splints his legs are straighter. Perhaps next year I will see him walking. Bota, Wani, Amani, Cici…..and the names go on, children whose only home is Harvesters eat everyday and are given the hope of Christ—well they held my hands and said they would pray for me…THE TRIP WAS ETERNAL AND MORE THAN WORTH IT!

This is A.J. Johnson. Like Tara this was my first trip to Harvesters or Africa in general. As a matter of fact it was my first mission trip ever, I figured why not start big. I went with certain ideas in my head of what it was going to be like and some of those came true while others were blown out of the water. As a paramedic I see many things in life but seeing a 7 month old come through the gate that weighed less than my son when he was first born would qualify as an awakening. I saw the joy in the kids faces even being in the situation they are in. If I learned one thing it is that GOD made us a lot stronger than we give ourselves credit for if we can just get ourselves out of the way. Thank you to all those that supported me either through monetary means or prayers, all are evenly appreciated and allowed me to go and bring back a new understanding of life.

This is Todd Pierpoint. This was my third trip to Sudan and second trip to the Terekeka . I enjoyed spending time with the team and getting to know them better, it is always amazing how little we know about each other. I enjoyed watching the ladies connect with the kids, how God was breaking down barriers between the kids and our team. With the kids growing up in that culture that they do it is hard for them to trust people. It was cool to watch how God used everybody’s skills on this trip from medical to working with the kids to construction work. One day when I was not feeling well I spent the day with the ladies and rode to town with them. Kim was talking about how they crave relationships with other people. I had not even considered this as part of the reason God had us there, but at that time it became very clear how God was using us for his kingdom work. I guess to summarize the two weeks in the bush, God allowed me to see more of his heart and how his kingdom work is getting done. Wow we serve an awesome God who cares for every person he ever created. God Bless! !

This is Lori Hubbard. I’m like AJ, in that this was my first mission trip ever. I’ve done lots of “service” at home, but there is no way to describe the difference in serving God on His mission field in a foreign country. The conditions were what I expected, except the heat was more intense only because there is no relief. You work “sweaty” all day, eat “sweaty”, shower “sweaty” and sleep “sweaty” too…I think my hair is mildewed in that it never really dried for the 12 days we’ve been here. However, what I didn’t expect was the emotional and spiritual connection that can be and would be made in 12 days. Those that know me, know that as an introvert by nature, I can keep people at arms length easily so that I don’t have to “invest” myself…true confession time…but these children, this work…there is no being here and not having your very soul touched. I cannot listen to the children sing, watch them play, see how they help one another care for those smaller, fight like normal “siblings” and watch how they are starved for physical and emotional attention, and not want to continue to help the work that Harvesters is doing here. They want what we all have and take soooo for granted; families to love, clothes on their back, shoes on their feet and enough food to support their growing bodies. Yet, to see their joy in simple things, finding “wheels” in the trash pile for a truck made out of a carton, using bits of the broken water balloons on the ground as rubber bands to do their hair, giggling at having piggy back races in their dorm room with a couple of silly American woman…hmmm….I’m dealing with feelings of shame and guilt? Not guilt that I’ve been blessed to be born in America and suffer from excess in everything I am and do, but because I’ve been so insular and not being WILLING to recognize that to those much has been given, much is expected. As I assess what I’ve learned, what I feel, how 12 days will change me, I ask that you continue to pray for Lance and Kim Klepp and all of their staff in Terekeka. Pray for their spiritual and emotional support, pray for the villages around them and the officials that they continually work with, that they will find favor; pray for their monetary support…there is so much more work that can and will be done through this ministry and they need us in any way that we are able to give…won’t you consider supporting a child, if you don’t already. They are precious and so worth our investment. Thank you to all for your prayers during our time there, it was appreciated…and yes, I cried when I had to say goodbye to the sweet faces and hoist myself up into the land cruiser for the punishing ride back to Juba…but oh my, what a completely different ride back to Juba than to coming in…now I understood that every teeth-rattle rut we hit that I wrote about on the first day was worth it and I would gladly undertake again. I pray God has that in my future.

This is Buck Rodgers. I had the privilege of leading these two team to South Sudan to help Harvesters in Terekeka and Yei. God provided the right mix of people with the right skills to handle what He had planned for us to do. We learned some important lessons for going there in January (dry season). Our efforts are making a difference to the people who are there, both those who are missionaries and those who are receiving the benefits of the orphanages. Thank you for this opportunity to serve. Buck out.

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Days 7 & 8 – Terkekea

29 01 2013

Satellite internet has been down for days in Terekeka.  Here’s one to tide you over for now (we’re in Addis Abbaba Ethiopia and have internet access again).

 

This will be the blog post for yesterday and today as things have been a little crazy around here.  Yesterday and today have proven a little challenging as a little stomach bug has hit some of the crew here.  Everyone is doing fine but we are resting in shifts and juggling some assignments in order to be the best help we can.  The roofing started yesterday since the material had arrived and Buck and Steve headed up that project.  Lori and Tara have been great with the kids and did a little VBS with the kids complete with water balloons.  The kids seemed to be having a blast but I don’t see how you cannot when it is hot and there are water balloons to be thrown at each other. The kids had bible study last night and Kim had a very good lesson for them but towards the end the mosquitos came in force like they were organized and had a leader but the lesson was finished.

 

Baby Joseph is doing better after the IV and his grandmother is able to get him to drink some formula from a cup.  We hope he will continue to get stronger and grow a little faster.  Baby Bero is doing well with Tara’s Physical Therapy but we are still unsure of the reason for his muscle contractions.  We purchased some apples for the kids that we will be giving out tomorrow after church, this will be a big treat for them as they usually don’t get these especially in dry season.

 

Today the work continues on the roof with Steve and Todd helping Lance out.  I am helping out with some office work before the start of school here in a couple weeks.  It is supposed to be warmer today than it has in the last couple so God graced us with a very nice morning with a little breeze and a beautiful sunrise over the Nile.  Also we had some fried dough this morning for breakfast very similar to a donut so that always helps make a morning better.  Tara and Lori are working on finishing up the painting in the dining hall today and I will say they are doing a very good job….although Lori I think has more paint on her shirt than the wall has.  They are going to play a game with them this afternoon which all are looking forward to.  Some of the girls are writing letters to their sponsors with a little help from me to read and pronounce the names. As I am walking around the compound I am watching some of the boys hunt the birds in the trees, they are pretty accurate with a slingshot that is for sure.  They even work in pairs with one spotting and the other shooting.

 

Thank you to all of you who have been praying for us and the work that is being done here.  We can only hope we have been a help to those who live here. Tomorrow is Sunday so you all be careful getting to church but don’t worry about us our roads already have sand spread on them just in case.





Final Post from Yei

28 01 2013

???????????????????????????????So many ministry opportunities, where did the time go? We’ve proven the cardinal rule of trips to Harvesters true again—plan for all you’ll do, but be flexible in case plans totally change. Sometimes God’s plans are a bit different from ours, but it’s always a pleasure seeing what’s around the next corner at Harvesters. If you’ve missed it in prior posts, here it is: everyone has something to offer at Harvesters. Skills, talents, perspectives, blessings . . . we’re all different and we’ve been happily surprised to see how we’ve been able to use how God made us in ways we’d never planned for during this trip.

20130123_112257We conducted VBS (music, story, games, crafts, etc.) for a gazillion kids (from Harvesters and church Sunday School classes); performed dental assessments and provided fluoride treatments for nearly 150 orphans here; our ladies had bible time with house mamas and cleaners and cooks, and blessed them with foot washing, stories, goodies and scarves; we’ve painted the exterior of the church; taught a ton of new worship songs to kids who love to sing; worked with the girls here on mending clothes; conducted financial planning for the laborers and several teachers; we’ve cleaned up and updated 3 laptops; we’ve repaired one bench and built a new one; we’ve enjoyed a chicken feast with the kids and staff; removed the time-worn, memory-filled boards from the kids’ area and replaced them with new bench boards; we’ve done a bunch of “honey-do’s” in the dorms (fixing shutters, dresser drawers, cabinet doors, etc.); built a new kid’s bench; cleaned, updated, and made a bunch of staff computers faster-higher-more-reliable; dug some of the holes for the clothes line “farm” (think enough clothes line for 125 kids and staff); we’ve donated blood at the hospital, named a baby and delivered another baby; we’ve participated in home cell groups, worship time, and prayer meeting; have gone on many, many walks with a different kid holding each finger; have had multiple little ones fall asleep on us during Friday movie night; and are wishing there were more days in which to pack even more.

20130125_152458At the same time, we’ve been reminded of the brevity of life. Hearing death drums for a woman, learning of parents who will bury for an eighth time, seeing the number of grave mounds grow where we’ve visited before, and missing a member of the family as we visit a prior acquaintance. These are the things that are common here, causing pain but not so much surprise, and it reminds me of the passage about life being but a vapor.

???????????????????????????????As our time here draws close to an end, I’m reminded of the amazing work of rescue that God is performing here at Harvesters on a daily basis. So many stories of children rescued from a likely death, and provided with food, shelter, training and love. More importantly, I see the fruit of Harvesters’ investment—the payback for sweat and tears, as some of the kids adopted early on are growing up and moving to school beyond South Sudan. The kids here have been nourished in the Word, and though we see some of the same challenges we face with kids in our church, we see what discipleship looks like and watch as the oldest orphans teach God’s word to those right behind them, who in turn are watching after the younger ones. Much to praise God about here and much to pray for.

As the teams come home soon, we hope you’ll ask us about the trip and let us share with you personally about the efforts here and how God can change you while using your unique gifts to bless children, staff and a community here in South Sudan.

Brent Curtis





Day 9 – Yei

28 01 2013

DSC00064Roosters still crowing non-stop all day providing that touch of “country living” that we are enjoying so much. Delicious omelets for breakfast along with bananas and coffee. While we’re on the subject of food I might add that we have been overjoyed with the variety of delicious items on the menu here. Every day the menu has expanded to tempt us with more yummy things to eat. Here are just a few: Beans & rice, cooked cabbage, pasta with tuna, pineapple, veggie pizza, tortillas with fresh salsa, guacamole, refried beans, fried chicken, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, Italian chicken, pancakes, chocolate crinkle cookies, and today for dessert, pineapple upside down cake! So much for loosing those ten pounds…

It was nice to sit with the children during Sunday School in the dining hall this morning. Several children were selected to participate in an impromptu skit about the story of the Good Samaritan. Everyone let out a gasp followed by barrels of giggles as about ten kids pounced on top of the injured person lying on the floor.

It is clear that the children here are accustomed to serving in leadership roles in any and every circumstance. Today we were blessed to observe a young girl who was teaching Sunday School for the very first time. She was about 14 years old. It was apparent that she was prepared to teach, having absorbed sound teaching at Harvesters for years. Every single day we have observed young children assisting and teaching those who are younger than they. The simplicity of it humbles me and encourages me to open up more to sharing the Gospel with others.

DSC00142We meandered down to the church, that we spent most of yesterday painting, to practice our Team “Skit” for the worship service. Kristie wrote the skit as we sat around the dinner table last night. I wish each of you reading this blog could have witnessed our skit! Our job was to provide a reenactment of I Kings 17:17-28 where God works a miracle through Elijah the prophet by bringing a widow’s son back to life! Try to picture Terri as the widow, Todd was Elijah, Kristie was narrator with Karen and Brent adding musical highlights to include the Spiritual, “Elijah Rock” and also “He is Alive” from Celebrate Life. Mindy did a great job filming. Again we were blessed to have the Harvesters Worship Team lead us in praising the Lord through song and to hear Pastor Pooshani preach the Word.  I was fortunate to be able to sing “I Surrender All” and “Trust and Obey” accompanied by Donald on the guitar as an alter call.

We were joined by Dr. Perry, Elizabeth and their children in the payette for lunch. Several of us enjoyed a conversation with Mr. Mourice who shared about life in this region of South Sudan for the past few years. Dr. Perry and Elizabeth shared with us that the child from the community who came to the hospital at Harvesters with severe burns obtained by pulling over a boiling pot of water was released today. It is a blessing that the child can receive further treatment at the hospital in days to come, but join us in praying that infection does not set in.

Around 2:15 pm we set out in the Toyota Land Cruiser for our shopping trip to Yei. Yes, the ruts in the road varied from 1 – 3 feet in depth, but what a fun memory we now have! Upon arrival in Yei the structure of the shopping centers became even more apparent than before. Open store fronts with tin roofs and ginormous “ruts” between the street and the stores. Some grocery-type stores were visible and I noticed people sitting in chairs inside their store waiting for customers. We stopped at a small establishment to exchange our American currency into that of South Sudanese so we could purchase items there. I was on the look-out for bright bold fabrics to bring back and found several that mirror the types of fabric we have seen on women walking up and down the road in front of Harvesters. In fact the children dress up to the max on Sunday for church as you can see in the photo above.  While in Yei, we stopped at Twins Hotel/Restaurant to enjoy a refreshing bottled soda! It was not the Ritz Carlton.

DSC00969Returning to Harvesters around 5:00 pm we headed to the bench on the playground to play with the kids. The 6-12 year olds love the singing/clapping games like Miss Mary Mac and will repeat it over and over. I took my video camera over to the younger kids playground on the other side of the dining hall and captured some good footage of the middle school girls sharing scripture and singing. I was especially thrilled throughout the week to get pictures and videos of Elijah David, a little boy that we are sponsoring. It took about 3 days for him to smile at me, but now he lights up when he sees me. The two things I liked the most so far (1) hearing the children sing early in the morning before breakfast, in the dark and (2) Elijah David running up to me in the morning with a big smile on his face. I swooped him up and got to hold him a little while. My heart is completely full just thinking about it. This one is always on the go!

DSC00176I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to partake of this culture, spend time with these people, and learn about a new and different part of His creation. Much thanks to my supporters who helped make this possible. I told Pastor Pooshani that I had $400.00 dollars given to me by sponsors over and above our trip cost, and with that I would like to purchase a new keyboard for worship. She told me that the cost of a new keyboard here would be $400.00 and I am very happy to know that she can purchase one very soon. God is certainly involved in details.

I hope that in the days and years that follow I will reserve time to pray for these precious people in this very different place. I know I will never be the same.

Ps. Happy 34th Anniversary Veldon (kiss too), and a big hug to Ashley, Tony, Wren & Tim! I love you so much and can’t wait to share stories and pictures with you!

Karen





Day 7 – Yei

25 01 2013

Hi Everyone,

Well, it is day seven here in Yei, South Sudan.

Today started with the young children worshiping under the early morning moonlight. Not quite a full moon, but very close. The sounds are always amazing!

After a couple of early morning projects in and around the compound to get the juices flowing, we congregated for our final day of VBS.

P1040641VBS started out with MABC’s very own “Happy and You Know It” theme song. Don and I had a great time leading this song with the children. By this last day the children were singing SO loud to the song! Over the last couple of days, as I was working around the compound I could hear the children singing the words to the song. “If your happy and you know it, know it”, never sounded so amazing!

Karen Hall along with a group of the older children set us up with a final day of worship songs. It tugs at each of our hearts to see the children sing at the top of their lungs with the amazing worship songs. Throughout the compound I hear the children singing, “Beautiful One I Love, Beautiful One I Adore”…

Kristie settled in and capped off our final day with the “Ten Commandments”. She did a fantastic job all week teaching God’s word to the children of Harvesters along with children from nearby villages.

P1040643After our teaching, Terry and I lead over 150 children out to the playground to throw Frisbees and play with water balloons. With the temperatures as hot as they were early today, the cool feeling of a water balloon hitting you felt very refreshing. The children were laughing so much as they threw their water balloons at Don and I.

We finished off our VBS last day with the Chicken Dance and the Interlude Dance lead by Don and I. For the last day we danced the Interlude Dance twice and the kids were yelling for us to dance more. Unfortunately we had to say NO due to the fact that a small mosh pit filled with children was about to be formed! Didn’t want to hurt anyone!

Today’s lunch & dinner was Mexican! I thought I made good guacamole, but after today, I was introduced to a very delicious recipe. Along with the guacamole, there was some amazing salsa for us to consume. Rice and beans never tasted SO good! At dinner, we were blessed with the addition of chicken. Bon Appetite! So blessed…

After lunch, Mindy, Brent, Terry, Karen, Don and a group of children headed down to the church to get back to our painting project at the church! Our goal is to finish up with the painting by this Sunday church service. Harvester’s church is getting a whole new makeover with some beautiful painting.

After about an hour or so into painting, God decided to bless us with a very unusual rain shower for about a half an hour. It was fun to see all the children running around the compound. Most of us huddled under the church’s roof overhang until the shower passed us by. I was told that rain showers at this time of the year are very rare. The temperatures dropped about 10-15 degrees with the passing shower. It was nice to have the cooler temps to wrap our day!

Sister Josephine asked me if I could fix some doors on a kitchen cabinet this morning! Without hesitation, I told her, she will have a new set by this afternoon. As is usual, I had my customary group of children around me during this project. All in all, it is so amazing to see what God’s has in his plan!

Don and I also finished up a new bench under the mango tree, again with the aid of ten or so curious children. It is amazing to be able to use my handyman skills around this compound. There are so many small projects that needed attention. Over the past week, I have repaired about a half dozen beds, added posts for mosquito netting, and repaired and made new window shutters. God is good…

To end things this evening, we were blessed with movie night with the children. Tonight’s main feature was “The Prince of Egypt”. It was amazing to see the children laugh and enjoy the teaching from the book of Exodus with Moses.

All in all we had a great end to our first week here in Yei. God is truly doing some amazing things around Harvesters and the surrounding villages.

God bless,
Emanuel (a.k.a. Todd)

1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

 





Day 6 – Yei

24 01 2013

Greetings from Harvester’s in Yei where it was a balmy 101 today; compare that to 12 F in Stafford, where the school kids had their first snow day! No Snow Days for the children here at Harvester’s (ever), but they are out of school too, enjoying their summer vacation. Our Vacation Bible School (VBS) begins each session by singing the same song that opened the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church VBS this past summer…”Everybody’s so Happpppppy….” It’s so gratifying to hear the kids singing that song on the compound while they are attending to their daily, outside chores at 8 AM and 3:30 PM. They collect huge, dead Teak leaves, then sweep the dirt with handmade brooms, which helps to keep the grounds very tidy.

Kristie led Day 4 of VBS with help from hubby, Donald. I really enjoyed working with the 7-9 year old children at VBS today. We had sand and water relays (Moses in the dessert theme) which were so much fun. Brent and the 2 and under crowd were our cheerleaders. The older kids (10-12) ran an awesome, obstacle course set up by Todd V.  Mindy and Karen had a “loaves and fishes” moment with the 3-6 year old kids. Since the numbers in each age group seem to vary every day, partially due to the number of children from the bush village tukuls, it’s difficult to know how much material to have available. One day there were about 30 kids, then 40. Today, they created 47 sparkly fins for the children to glue onto their fish craft, hoping no one would be left out; exactly 47 kids, in their age group, showed up today (Praise God)!

Praising God is a constant here at Harvester’s, beginning usually by 6:15 AM daily (a little later during their summer vacay). The morning prayer time is such a beautiful experience that it is worth mentioning again and again. Having been up very late the other night (strange bird sounds, frogs, drumming, chanting…), I just couldn’t get up early the next morning. I could still hear the children and was blessed to be serenaded while still in our hooch (mission house). I did miss the tiniest children as they wander into the cafeteria/church, rubbing the sleep from their eyes, happy to be picked up and cuddled by a visitor or one of their many kind brothers and sisters. As the sun comes up, the South Sudan sky is pink and red; the roosters are crowing (constantly) while the locals begin their trek into town via bicycle, motorbike, but mostly on foot. The women carry huge bundles on their heads, so their hands are free to greet their neighbors with a handshake. We are in a neat bungalow that is right on this “action packed,” dirt road.

IMG_0263My favorite time has been going out with the older, Harvester (HRTN) teenagers who lead weekly Bible study/worship in the neighborhoods outside of the HRTN compound. One or more groups go out every week night. In some cases more than 30 youngsters will be crowded into the one room, mud tukuls as these young, HRTN men and women present the Word. We walked quite a way on one of these visits, through millet fields, passing lush banana and mango trees, as well as palms and ferns with the largest leaves I’ve ever seen. No one was at the designated location when we arrived, because the usual teacher, Winnie, is visiting in Terekeka this month, so no one was expected. As the children began slowly arriving, almost everyone, no matter how young, would come up to us to shake our hand in greeting. One of the little girls was asked to lead the worship songs. Her little torn dress was falling off her shoulder, but she had the face and voice of an angel as she clapped a beat and the others followed her lead. I picked up a few words in the song, such as “Ra-buna shoo-koo-rhon” (thank God). The sounds of their voices were a call to worship and many children from surrounding tukuls began to eagerly arrive. We had close to 20 sitting outside on the ground as the Harvester girls, Grace and Ruta, encouraged testimony and prayer requests, after teaching their lesson. Afterwards, there were photos with the American visitors, “alowa” (sweets) for the children and some packages of tuna and salmon for some of the parents. It was sad to know that many of these sweet children, who live in the surrounding area, do not have food every day, much less protein.

IMG_0288The big news for the day is that our entire team began painting the exterior of the Harvester’s Church RED, with yellow trim. We had so many compliments about the white, primer coat, that we almost wished we could leave it that color. Our goal is to be finished in time for worship this Sunday. We are blessed to be the first group to add a coat of paint to the concrete exterior, since its 2008 completion.

Many thanks to all of my family, friends and MABC for helping to sponsor Buck and me. We wouldn’t be in this wonderful place if it hadn’t been for God and you opening the doors.

Terry Woodworth 1/24/13





Day 6 – Terekeka

24 01 2013

Halfway through the trip. All are doing well. Pacing ourselves in the temperatures. 115 degrees today. In the sun. Good thing about this time of year is that the kids are not in school and they’re loving VBS on the days we hold it. Lots of laughter from the kids as they played water balloon toss.

Lori and Tara are doing an outstanding job with the kids. Today was kind of an off day for the school project as we are waiting on materials, so we worked on the list of honey-dos around campus. Electrical, plumbing, cleaned the water tower tank, adjusted the depth of the well pump to get it up out of the silt, baby-proofed the Klepp’s house now that Gideon is getting mobile and various other ‘around the house’ projects.

Just took a walk over to the neighboring fish cannery (still not in business—same state as when we were here in 2011). Was a nice walk along the Nile. Reminded us all of a National Geographic picture with some white birds flying by, the greenery growing along the riverbanks and the almost full moon over the water. Very scenic.

One of the real highlights of the day for a couple of us was hearing Kim laugh at Gideon at lunchtime. She’s definitely a mother in love with her kid. And her other 46 kids.

Discussion at dinner centered around the excitement as they await a container delivery from the States. They’re getting their very own tractor here on that container. Plus LOTS of other supplies for them.

They can still use plenty of help around here. Short term or long term.

We will start roofing the 3 school classrooms tomorrow since the materials are to arrive at any moment. We intend to do one classroom per day. Will be hot, but we only work until 1230 on construction due to the heat.

We appreciate all your support and prayers. We’re making a list of items they can use around here. Maybe another sea container from us in the future?

Buck Rodgers