It has been a long time since most of you have heard from us. Our apologies!!! About three months ago our internet crashed. We had just begun working on setting up a better system for communication – then the internet died and everything went on hold. So far we have not been able to find a way to get our old system working again.
We have been able to purchase one jump drive router that connects to the internet through the cell phone tower. This enables us to receive and send out emails periodically but it is extremely limited. To give you a few ideas of exactly how limited it is… the other day Krischelle spent four hours trying to send out two emails. She ended up having to rewrite one of them three times. Bonita has yet to be able to receive all of her emails – it gets to a certain percentage and then stops. One night I (Judy) walked around to all the best spots for reception – Sam even took my computer to a spot by the side of the road but I got no reception on my computer. After several hours I gave up, frustrated and tired. The next day I found out the problem. Each time I use the jump drive I have to uninstall and reinstall the whole program. Apart from his favorite spot by the side of the road, Samuel has also been found in the church, on the outside back corner of the Lemuel house, and walking around the campus looking for signal.
So, needless to say, with one jump drive between all of us and all the problems of signal and reliability, internet access is more of an exception than a rule these days. Fortunately though, my parents have been here the past two weeks and will be sending this out/posting this on the blog for me when they get home.
A lot has been going on this summer!
1. We were able to begin work on the school roof project! Although it will be quite some time before we can actually put the roofs on (due to shipping delays and other logistics) all of the preparatory masonry work is finished.
2. We were able to build a house that we will use for teachers and other staff who come from outside the area. Plans are to put the roof on next week!
Rob Stanley, pastor of The Village, also did some leadership training for some of our youth.
7. Work has also continued on the church. Money raised at the Fête Moisson and Fundraising Concert has been put to work on a front porch and back depot.
On a more somber note there have been some difficulties as well. It has not rained significantly, if at all since April. It is REALLY dry right now. Needless to say, the people have lost yet another harvest. **Update since writing this letter: It rained yesterday August 21. The area is still dry and could use a lot more but it was awfully nice to finally get at least something! Praise God!**
By God’s grace we were able to do two cash for work programs this summer to clean out two of the rainwater catchment holes in the area. These projects, along with all the other work that has been going on, has brought some much needed income to many families in the community.
Some of you may be wondering about Frè Jak whom I wrote about some time ago. Although his physical situation is not much changed, he seems to be in much better spirits and strengthened in his faith by the regular visits particularly from Bonita and Thony and a few church members.