First, the blessings: we got to go to Aviation to pick up Matthew with his mom and siblings! He made it back a day earlier than anticipated. It was SO good to see him totally back to normal! I'm pretty sure my hug embarrassed him, but oh well. :) He came over Friday night for supper and a movie with his brother and another friend. Isaac was elated. Hearing them all laughing and seeing Matthew sitting at our table eating his food made me overflow with thanksgiving. It was surreal. GOD IS GOOD.
And I write that above line because it's what I keep remembering (thanks to the Holy Spirit) as we face two other pretty heavy issues in our area and one minor "spot of bother" here at home.
Starting on the home front, Will is sick with vomiting and diarrhea and fever. He's a miserable little dude. Please pray the other kids don't get it. It sure adds to the laundry pile!
. . . Which brings me to the first big issue we're facing as a town/country: (1) Rain - or rather, lack thereof.
We actually had no water to flush our toilets yesterday (when they direly needed it!). I don't want to give too much information for those who have weak stomachs, but we don't flush our toilets until absolutely necessary, and we only wash clothes that are well and truly dirty/stinky. But with 6 very active kids, that adds up to a lot of laundry quickly. We might look into digging an outhouse - we had one at our old house and using it was no big deal, but we need a GOOD lock on this one! It's also tricky given potty-training right now. (Marcie's the only one really doing it, though. The others give an occasional try.) Bottom line (ha, ha, no pun intended!): WE NEED RAIN. The whole country needs rain, desperately. Our "lawn" has dried to the point that it has several deep fissures in it (not big enough to lose a quint, don't worry). While ugly and annoying, we don't have to depend on our lawn for our livelihood.
(2) Our Finance Department situation is also dire. Here's the public statement:
Finance Team Shortage
The PNG finance team is already critically short-staffed, but things have gotten more difficult this October as one coworker leaves for home assignment and another retires. Currently there are no accountants or finance people in the pipeline to come.
A task force is discussing how to ensure sufficient accounting resources to keep Bible translation going in PNG. Our first step in June was to pray and to ask others to pray. Will you join us? Contact our recruiting team (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more how you can serve in a vital role here in PNG.
For a video about our finance team, you can view it here:
So, here's your invitation to come live near the quints and Isaac! :) Seriously, please pass this on to anyone who think might be interested. We need help!
Gotta run minister to Will,