God is faithful. Things have been very challenging around here since we have had three missionary families leave in the last year and a half. The work load has not decreased, only the workers.
We are very thankful for the Katsma couple coming this year. Candi has been helping at both the primary school and the agriculture school. She has also been doing some crafts and sewing classes for the missionary children. David has been helpful in lots of areas, especially in mechanical areas. Unfortunately we have a vehicle that continues to have challenge after challenge which has been keeping him really busy. He has helped get other vehicles back up to good standards. He is always willing to help out in many areas. He has helped with many needed trips to town, plumbing challenges and other things.
Even with this, we are still back-logged on many, many things. We need prayers. We have been praying to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers. When Jean-Luc left this June, he left the accounting, treasurer, publishing and agriculture director positions. Doug took over treasurer, we have someone that has taken accounting, agriculture leader was given to another, and I was asked to do the publishing work. Still we have so much to do. There are many building projects that need attention. We have a new water tower that needs to be built, the new office building is mostly built, the new press building will need to be started soon, and we want to get the chapel finished. I am sure there are other jobs that I don't even know of.
Jason has been so busy working all over campus. He has been helping the agriculture school add on new fields. The avocado fields are growing and growing. Doug has been all over campus this week trying to help out with needs at the wellness center, get the motorcycle fixed, getting administrative tasks done, installing solar components, delivering things and on and on.
Me? I should have kept my diary up. I have been so busy, I haven't even done that! The publishing department keeps me hopping. This week we have been dealing with container loads of books starting their journeys. That involved lots of last minute emails back and forth, lots of details to arrange and payment. Then we decided to do a one-page advertisement for the Bible studies, tracts, and evangelism school in the Sabbath School quarterly. The deadline for that was "right now!" So that took some effort. We had to come up with what it should say and design it. Then we have it translated and edited. Then to get it back into a format that was compatible with publisher. We did get it to them, but I haven't gotten any feedback! God really blessed. I told the translator to just translate it and not to work about the layout. I knew with the new wording, it would probably be a mess. Well, she ignored my directions and put it back in the format I sent it in AND made a whole new design with the same words and a few extra. I liked her design better. I just had to take her design and put it in a single color and black and white, and into a different file format (more work than it might sound like!)
I have spent a lot of time working on future publishing works. Trying to find files, getting files ready for translators, etc.
Lots and lots of books are getting into the hands of people. I did the book inventory for the office, and had to adjust my inventory because people kept buying books! That is a good thing!
We are very thankful for some help that is coming soon. The Taft brothers and two of the Bange boys are coming in November. Doug has lots of jobs he is hoping to have them help with. Jason is also making a list! It will be wonderful to have some young, strong, smart men around campus to help out in many ways! We only have them for two months, but we plan to make the best of it!
There is another family that may be coming. My understanding is that his expertise is in administration. That might free up Doug to do some of his other duties. We just won't know until all comes together though.
The Wellness Center has three health guests right now. Ashery is back helping, and we have a medical student here learning for a month also. Doug will be going to Eden Valley Foster Care Mission for a week to do a crash course there. Then Kori will follow up the next month to help them go out into the village doing practical application.
AND it rained! We got our first rain of the season Wednesday. It rained a little today also. I didn't realize I would get excited about seeing a mud puddle, but I did!
That sure takes a little of the fire hazard down. YEAH!
God has blessed us very much! Thank you for all the prayers and support.