A Word From Steve Jones
September 17th, 2018
Here is the latest from Pastor Doug
Please take note of the prayer request at the end, they need to get some rest!
We had a long day today after an awful night of dogs barking all night. We both got about 3 hours of sleep but managed to put in a full days work. We got a lot of the dirty work out of the way and we hope we can be done by Tuesday.
Gabriel is 27 and is the maintenance man and does good work but has such limited tools and knowledge of tools that we take for granted. I think we are helping him learn as well as helping with the work. It was hot today - the sun is straight overhead and very strong, but there was a good breeze too. We took the bus there and back - the bus varies between an old North American bus from the 70`s to some wierd desiel thing that can hardly get up the hills. We see lots of old cars and trucks, many smoking and falling apart, kids filling the back of half-tons, loads of fruit and junk going every which way. It is an interesting place for sure.
We ate today with the children - we really enjoy them and I suppose we are a novelty to them. Ally is sleeping a little better than us but sleep in a strange place is elusive. So many things we take granted, also cold water, hot showers, plenty of water, good plumbing etc.
We got back to town about 4:30 pm and then watched a large parade of teens from various Catholic and Christian schools on a peace march, with placards, bands and all dressed in white. There are young people everywhere, selling fruit, riding biokes and motorcycles, most with cell phones, and many you wouldn`t want to meet after dark. Most will say ola and smile when we speak.
Took lots of pictures today, after forgetting the camera the first two days here! Lise translated your letter to Roberta. She wrote the Spanish between your lines, so it was good that you wrote double spaced. He is frielndly, well mannered and sharp young man.
We are getting some more ideas for projects. The last part of the roof could be done this winter. It would also be nice to take down some security solar lighting and some pharmacy medications. I watched the cook open a large can with a big knife - so many things they do not have! They have only finished about an eighth of the security wall and that project certainly could use some supervision. It shows the need for us to not just send money, but help them work. Eugene is good for that.
Well, so far so good. We are looking forward to a good day tomorrow, then take Sunday off for church and rest. I think Ally will come up on the bus with one of the girls on Sunday am to join us. A Spanish service will be interesting.
Time for bed. Pray for the Lord to shut the dogs mouths! After all, He did stop the lions.