Daniel and I have had a fairly quiet week at home as Hillcrest has been on holiday. Tim took one day off during the week but apart from that remained busy at the office.
Some of our activities last week have included:
• Watering our ever-expanding butternut squash plants
• Evicting a large toad from the radish patch where he had buried himself
• Dealing with black hairy caterpillars that were trying to eat everything in sight
• Admiring a snake that Dan had helped to kill
• Attempting (with marginal success) to make marshmallows and honey roast peanuts from scratch
• Visiting the abattoir, preparing and mincing 4 kg of beef and 2 kg of pork for the freezer and curing another 2 kg of bacon
• Reading the fourth Tiffany Aching book by Terry Pratchett – I Shall Wear Midnight
• Reading Fahrenheit 451 for the first time – scarily recognisable in places
• Watching all three Lord of the Rings movies back to back with some friends in a movie marathon extraordinaire
• Keeping an eye on my e-mails and dealing with a few urgent jobs
A pretty chilled out week, all things considered!
So now it is back to work, it is really good to be back in the office, catching up with friends and getting stuck back into the nitty-gritty. We read a passage from Habakkuk this morning in our office devotions which included the verse that says that the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth. Sometimes when times are hard here and people seem to be suffering so much we forget the reality that this is coming. It was a great encouragement to picture this golden flood of the realisation of God’s glory just completely coating the Earth with no part left untouched. In the meantime we work on our little area to bring a taste of His glory as people receive His Word in a language that really communicates to them.
Tim is currently getting stuck into helping rework and organise our Nigeria Group strategy. Not a job that I would enjoy but it suits Tim down to the ground! It is vital that we have a clearly worded, God-inspired, well organised and presented strategy so that we can focus our energies in the most productive way possible. He is also tackling how this should link into the Africa Area strategy and how it will adapt to possible new funding strategies. Needless to say he is enjoying getting his teeth into something big.
If you can, please take a few minutes to pray for us . . .
• A relaxing break from routine for Ali and Dan.
• A fun day watching Lord of the Rings together with friends.
• For Dan’s relationships with his classmates, that he will be open and not defensive.
• That Tim’s work on the strategy document will reflect God’s will for our organisation and be helpful in moving us forward on the right path.