"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Sunday, March 22, 2009

TO DO LIST (with only a little whining)

--Kelly’s driver license-one day
--Registration cards-one half day (hopefully)
--Vehicle change-police department, revenue house, road traffic- 1 to 2 days
--Family time

--Curtains in all rooms
--Bath 1-take out leaking tub, put in new one, paint, put in sink, finish floor
--Bath 2-paint, find and put in shower, finish floor, finish around sink
--paint outside of house
--finish painting door trim

--ongoing accounting that Kelly does-going to the bank to even check a balance is often a two hour job.
-maintenance on all vehicles
-make sure there is insurance on all vehicles, that they have all been in for fitness inspections, get road tax paid on each-1 to 2 days
-finish fixing on red truck, get ready to sell, sell (this will be on the back burner for a while)
-get red bus fixed before 4-20-09 when the first group comes
--Full inventory of all equipment and shop items
-plant and maintain gardens, try to grow enough to feed students and summer teams
-over see students working in the gardens (and elsewhere on campus)
-maintenance on everything from leaking faucets to general making it look nice

--get as many supplies as possible before teams come-cement, rebar, wire, meal, steel-plus regular student supplies
--help to oversee finding of welder, placement and digging of footings/foundations
--get backhoe fixed

WOW!! What a list, eh? As you can see, right now there are not a lot of agriculture items on the list, which is of course what I came here to do, primarily. Unfortunately, to get to that point there is a lot of infrastructure at the school that we must help out with as we are the only ones here right now. In the near future, hopefully after summer teams are gone and our family takes a little break/regrouping time, I will be able to get to that at least three-fourths of the time! (What do you think you will be doing on the mission field…)
Who helps me? The students are able to do some, but must be overseen by David, Henry or I. They aren’t here as a free labor force, so there is really only so much we can expect them to do.
Henry-he is going to begin getting supplies, especially when the students are on break. But he has also needed to be teaching.
Kelly-she often goes in to help keep Henry on track for getting supplies. But then she loses a school day, actually two as we don’t have regular house help now. The day after coming back is often catching up on housework and laundry.
David-he does a lot of overseeing of the students and works with them
Everyone here looks to us for guidance, should we do this or that? So there is always something, always pressure. We need to keep things running smoothly, there are money matters, don’t waste supplies, try to keep people on task...
So why am I telling you all this? Because we need prayer! Prayer for patience, for restraint when things are crazy and frustrating, but most importantly FOR GOD’S LEADING. Just what is the priority for us? What order do things need to be done? How to possibly get it all done within a reasonable amount of time. Things that take an hour in the States, we plan for half a day at least. That really cuts into our time. We could take at least a week and be in town everyday and there would be a good chance we still wouldn’t get all the business for ourselves and Gospelink done.
Of course now we have visitors too! And we believe that is God’s direct intervention of behalf of all of your prayers! In the almost 5 months we have been here, we have only been away from the school for about 1 ½ days when Tim was here. Otherwise, we are really only going to town for supplies, or a half day for fellowship. WE NEED A BREAK! And of course maybe the timing isn’t the best with summer teams coming, but God knows this. Maybe it is the best as we will be going high speed for the next 3 or so months while teams are here. This is God FORCING us to take a break-for our good!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ministry happens where we are, with who we are with, and those contacts are as, or are more important than the job(mission) we came to do.