Guineapie from a Kawaja!!

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What a busy few days amid the nice and cool (think 21C) and cloudy weather here in Ibba. We use the Zandi welcome everyday – Guineapie (HELLO!) which must be strange coming a Kawaja! (white person)!

The past few days have been busy and tiring and a lot of fun! We receive such warm welcomes wherever we go. We start each day with morning devotions led by our very own Father Dougal ‘Dennis’. He has been doing a great job leading our thoughts first thing in the morning. We have breakfast together and then its off for the day attending to our various tasks.

On Wednesday and Thursday Diane and I (Simon) took the roller-coaster ride (aka 4×4 on a potholed road!) to Abriko & Manikakara Parishes so we could meet and speak to the Mothers Union and youth respectively.

Diane was overwhelmed by her warm welcome and spent the days meeting lots of women, hearing about the work the MU do and visited the local school and church. There were over 130 people there to see Diane and they went to a lot of effort to make her feel welcome. Praise God for them!

I met with the youth and their leaders and families of the parishes and spent the days with them – we had a lot of good fun together. After a short time of worship, I had some thoughts prepared from Psalm 25 and Romans 8 as well as some facts about N Ireland and St John’s etc etc.

There were a lot of smiling faces when I produced a gift of a football – it is a universal language that is very helpful in trying to translate! I had a great two days visiting and sharing God’s love. I got a lot of strange looks and people laughing at me (“Whats new?”- the World) as they had never seen a white person before. Also some kids run away and cry!! I received some lovely gifts including hand made chair and a foot stool.

Billy and Dennis have been busy training at Christ Church Development Training Centre teaching on servant leadership and today they have been working on installing electricity to the Bishops house. As well kicking a bit of football!

David has been meeting with the Archdeacons in Manikikara and Medebbe to discuss future plans and priorities.

Each evening we have dinner and some devotions with the Bishop and staff and then some team time with us five which is just a real blessing for all of us.

I think thats enough for now! Please pray for the days ahead for us and all of our tasks. Please pray for the Bishops car which has broken down and for the health centre which Diane is working in tomorrow. Also pray that we can go ahead to Maridi in the car to get essential equipment for repairs.

Peace out!

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Simon

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