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Greetings from a rain soaked Jos.
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.
Not 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!
Good start to term for Dan
Settling in well back at work
Seeing friends again
Godly friendships for Dan
Good preparation for the Staff Conference