Robinson ministry update – 2nd November 2018
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Good morning from Jos,
It is another beautiful day on the Plateau, I can hear the chickens scratching and clucking outside our window. Yes, we now have free-range chickens on our compound. They love finding out-of-the-way spaces to lay their eggs resulting in daily (not-quite-Easter) egg hunts well before Christmas! They really belong to our neighbours but Dan took care of them for a couple of weeks while they were away on holiday. They are ridiculously sociable and will cluster around our front door waiting for someone to come out. Quite entertaining (TR- but quite dirty)!
A couple of weeks ago we travelled out to Miango for SIL Nigeria’s spiritual retreat. For me it was a really good time of reconnecting with people and I was encouraged by the unity that I saw demonstrated by the interactions within our diverse group. We had a speaker who came from St Helen’s church in London and was able to share from his experiences working with part of the Bangladeshi community there. There was a Cultural Night where some of our many different cultures presented a dance or a song or something that was special to them. We had everything from sinuous Tiv dancing to stick-crashing Morris dancing, there was Robert Burn’s “To a Mouse” read in rousing Scottish tones and then translated into Nigerian Pidgin with great aplomb. We had a 5-minute pantomime with lots of “it’s behind you”, Rigwe, Mwaghavul, Gbagyi and Gus dancing and singing and a song about the Erie canal. Everyone had a great time and I have not laughed so much in ages!
We have some visitors coming from the UK in just over a week’s time to visit the Koro cluster translation projects. Tim has been very involved in helping plan the trip and will be spending a fair bit of time showing them around while they are here. Some of the time they will be in the village where the projects are based and some of the time in Jos. Please pray that it will be a encouraging time for all involved and that Tim will be able to keep up with the other aspects of his job while they are here.
In other news, due to ill-advised positioning of my phone it took a death dive into a flushing toilet. Although it only got splashed and did not actually descend into the murky depths, the speakers were not showing many signs of life so the phone has been spending 48 hours in solitary confinement in a tub of rice. I am hoping to release it and find it fully rehabilitated and operating normally this evening. We shall see. Please pray!
I would also like to ask you to pray for our financial situation. We thought that we had sufficient support raised by the end of our furlough this summer but some of it has not materialised and we are facing a rather tight situation financially at the moment. Please pray that we will trust God through this and know him as our Provider regardless of our circumstances.
Praise An engaging and encouraging Spiritual Retreat. Great reports of Dan’s progress in school from his parent-teacher conference.
Prayer Good visit from UK people to the Koro projects. God will provide for all our needs, financial and otherwise, and, more importantly, that we will trust him to do so.