30 Aug

Prayer Update – 30th Aug 2013

Greetings from a rain soaked Jos. rain on the ground

We are definitely in the depths of the rainy season at the moment.  Almost every afternoon (right at about school pick up time – of course!) the skies open, thunder and lightning explode and we all get drenched! 

We are settling back into the routine of life here very well, catching up with friends and getting stuck into work.  

We have our Staff Conference (aka Business Meetings) in mid-September so Tim is busy with preparations towards that.  He is gathering reports from all the different departments to put together a booklet to help us all understand what everyone else is up to without taking up hours with presentations at the meetings. 

PABTEN recently incorperated in Nigeria but were forced to change thier name, they are now known as IBTEN.  Tim has been in the middle of this process and in now redeveeloping the website (again!)  One cool thing he is tryign to do is some more work with SIL International in Dallas towards a system that will enable the display of Nigerian language materials on the new site.

There has been a lot of work (scriptures translated, adult literacy materials produced, etc.) done in some Nigerian languages but that work is useless if people can’t access it.  One way for them to do that is on the web – so Tim is working on a way to share the materials that have been produced.  Thos ematerials are stored in the systems that I am involved in populating.  In other words I put the work into the database and Tim’s website will pull copies of it out to display (and be downloadable) on the website!

Dan has had a good start to his new school year.  He has made good friends with one of the new kids in the class, which is a big answer to prayer.  We are praying that he will continue to develop healthy, strong relationships with his classmates throughout this year.

worm in Dan's backNot on such a good note, the local wildlife decided to get stuck into Dan a few days ago.  There is a particularly odious insect here that lays eggs on damp clothes, then when you put the clothing on, the egg hatches and the larvae burrows its way into your flesh where it feasts and grows fat.  Despite my best efforts on the drying-laundry-thoroughly front Dan developed one of these, affectionately named, mango worms.  After much shenanigans, we managed to get the larvae out, much to Dan’s relief.  For those among you who would like more details – Tim or maybe even Dan will be blogging all the gory ones in due time!

 

 

 

Praise

  • Good start to term for Dan
  • Settling in well back at work
  • Seeing friends again

Prayer

  • Godly friendships for Dan
  • Good preparation for the Staff Conference
17 Jul

Cost of being a missionary – Water

Us brits can make almost any conversation out there about the weather.  Even here I am hearing about the floods back home, or the heat of east usa, but to be honest, nothing has dominated our recent conversations like water.  1 sacrifice we made coming here was regular clean safe to drink running water.  Let’s just say that our water situation is still 100 times better that most, but it is complex out here.  Lets start with the water filter.  We filter all our drinking water, teeth brushing water, and in fact we fill our kettle with filtered water.  Different people draw the line in different places when it comes to clean water, but that is our line.  The water that goes into our filter comes from our tap, which is gravity fed by a ridiculously small tank on top of our house.  This tiny tank is shared by both us and our upstairs neighbours.  This tank is filled when we pump water (yes that requires the not always on power) from a tank built in to our ground.  That tank is filled by a purple tank above ground if it has any water in it.  Both the purple tank and the ground tank, should be filled by city water supply.  However, we have had city water twice in the past 8 weeks, and when it is on, more of it runs down the street outside the house than into our tanks, so occasionally we have to buy water delivered by a tanker to fill our tanks up.  We often check the fullness of the tanks, when there is power, run out to pump to the top tank, hopefully remember to run out and turn it off again before it over flows. We often discuss with upstairs if / when we might need to buy water.  We now flush toilets with laundry water (that was originally collect rain water used to wash the clothes) or shower water – buckets lying round everywhere with various shades of water for various purposes.  I’m not sure when it got so complex, but it is our water system and it works-ish, we stay clean, we stay healthy we don’t spend a fortune on water trucks.  When we eat at a hole in the wall local restaurant place you will normally be bought a bag of water to consume with your meal. The mission community is divided about how safe they are to drink. The purity isn’t’ regulated, and so some people do drink them and some don’t but there is always a conversation about it when you are out! Not proper ‘running’ water is a cost we and so many others pay to follow Jesus and see his kingdom come.

 

UPDATE – since I first drafted this post, we have begun installing guttering to collect rain water.

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