Sunday, November 06, 2011
It is hard to believe it is November. For those of you who are so faithful to follow our blog I am sorry I have not written in awhile. We have a lot of things to catch up on. August was filled with visitors, report cards and making preparation for the next school year.
The month began with our final Vacation Bible School of the summer. Over the summer we saw over 100 children come to Christ.
Each of the teams prepared a flannel graph story for each day and taught the children through skits and songs. Each day ended with a meal of Beans and rice. Many of the children who come to these Bible Schools have never been inside the church.
When we began VBS in one of the villages we had so much fun watching the children. One the first day there was about 50 children but as we would sing and begin our program the children would be peeking in the windows and doors to see what was happening. Soon they would return dressed for church. By the end of the week we had over 250 children. On the last day we invited the parents to participate for the who program and they all came. The building held about 200 people so to accomadate all the children and their parents we gave the benches to the parents and put blankets on the floor for the kids. As we sang and taught we had to step over children. What a great day. Over 70 children accepted Christ on the last two days.
One of Bud's projects for the summer was to finish putting a roof on Cowman international school and oversee the construction of two schools. Plain du Nord school will open in October.
Flavil is still underconstruction and will open soon. What an exciting thing it is to see the children's faces when they come to see what the workman are doing. One day while the visiting team finished some painting at Plain du Nord I sat on the edge of the porch and read a story to the children about how much God loves them. When I asked the children who Jesus was some of the children responded "He is Life for me" other children did not know. That is where my heart is teaching Children that Jesus loves them and that they can have hope in a place that seems so hopeless.
The children do not seem to realize how hard life is for them because this is the only life they know. They do not know there is a whole world out there that lives differently. They laugh and play and make toys out of junk they find along the road. One of the village that I visit often to read to and play with the children is a place where the people go to make their sacrifices to Satan. The Pastor's wife came to me and told me the people in the neighborhood have been talking about the white woman who comes to read to the children. She asked me if we could do something with her church to set up a time for the neighbor children to come like a kid's club. i told her I would love to help her do this but it would be the members of the churches job to sustain it. It would be an outreach to children who do not attend our Christian School and who parents do not know Christ. It is my hearts desire to reach these children and their parents as well. As you can see in the picture each of our schools now have a toilet. Each building holds two toilets. This will be the biggest prevention along with teaching the children to wash thier hands to fight Cholera and other diseases that take the life of our children.
Bud and I are presently in Erie Pa our home. We are off the field until January 1 when we will return to the field. One of the greatest blessings we have right now is Bud and Cindy Lenker have joined our team. Bud Lenker will be a partner to my Bud. Cindy will be working with me in Starfish Kids.
While Bud and I are home we will be traveling around Pennsylvania raising support. Our support is not enough to carry us through the next 5 years. Although see our children is at the top of our favorite things to do when home, visiting the people who support us in prayer and financially is alway fun. We have met so many wonderful people on our trips and they alway pick us up and give us such encouragement. Thanks to all of you who are so faithful to us. God Bless