Safety! Not a concern in Africa. There are no safety procedures here in
Africa. The African people are so careless with their lives. They do so
many dangerous things. Three weeks ago at one of our work sites the
workers work in flip flops or barefoot. While digging inside a spring
capture box, one of our workers put a pick axe through his foot and was
bleeding profusely. Samuel Samba took him to the hospital and he got
19 stitches, antibiotic shots and pills and had to go back to the hospital
for 5 days to get another shot each day. Don took his family a 50# bag
of rice because the man was unable to work. Monday, the man was
back at work and wanted to thank Don for the rice. Don said it was
very awkward. The man did not know what to say but Don fully
understood his gratefulness.
I heard a man yell at another man to "hurry up". The man's reply was "I
am in full haste".
While driving down a mountain we came upon a very old land rover.
We could see through the back window and the man driving the vehicle
was so small he had to look through the steering wheel. He drove
erratically so we thought it must be a child. At an appropriate place,
Don passed the vehicle and I could see it was an adult - he was just
small. For some reason we thought this was so funny and took great
joy in the experience. Are we weird or what?
We are enjoying our mission. We work with many people and many of
them are good people who are just fun to be around. The country of
Africa is absolutely beautiful. This time of year is what we would
consider "Spring". The rains have come and all the trees, bushes,
houses, air & everything has had a good washing and spring flowers and
new growth on bushes and trees are blooming. Flowers bloom here all
year long. But in Spring, there are many more flowers. During the dry
season many trees and bushes go into hibernation.
We are in Kenema today attending a WASH (water & sanitation)
meeting. We will have dinner tonight with the Corbaly's who are the
MLS Senior Missionary Couple here in Kenema.
We have heard from SLC that they are having trouble finding a
replacement couple for us. The one couple who specifically requested
to come to Sierra Leone was denied due to health issues. There are no
health care facilities here in Sierra leone that can handle anything more
than first aid needs. SLC told us they are looking at another application
from a Senior Couple and they may be a possibility. We can not extend
beyond our current time offered. We can, however, go home and
reapply and come back. We have been considering that but then
again, we have been talking a lot about going home, re-establishing our
goat herd, and how we are going to rearrange the usage of our
buildings. We have been talking about getting on our motorcycle and
visiting family and friends and stopping in to see the other Senior
Missionary Couples we went through the MTC with. There were 7
couples and we all went to Africa, Asia, or the Mid-East. It will be fun
to sit and compare notes. We have wondered together what the Lord
has in store for us next. We are healthy and willing. We are confident
the Lord will use us to continue to bless his children. What joy there is
in the service of God!