Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."
Opening my eyes to glimpses of God's glory and thanking Him for:
-the technology of antibiotics producing overnight results for my girls' feet
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Yesterday, the village began installing the 2,000 gallon rain tank we brought out to Marulaon. They even let Benjamin work with them for several hours. Over and over again, our neighbors have expressed their appreciation for the two donors that provided the money for the rain tank, guttering, nails, and shipping.
The need for fresh water in all of the small islands that fringe Pavuvu remains a high priority. Last week when the translators met in Marulaon, they expressed their jealousy that Marulaon had a new rain tank and they didn't! But Janet reminded them that the big rain tank here was to provide water for all of the surrounding communities, as well.
Thanks to our friends in Honiara, we've been able to make the decision to catch the Kosko from Yandina early tomorrow morning. We still haven't decided whether to take just one canoe with computers, back packs, life jackets, and all of us, or to try and take two canoes with all of the school books, empty gas cylinders, empty flour buckets, and empty boxes. Please pray for our wisdom as Aaron makes arrangements for transportation today.
We should be leaving Marulaon about 1 p.m. CST Tuesday afternoon for our 45 minute canoe ride to Yandina. Then, we'll catch the Kosco for the five hour ride into Honiara, arriving mid to late afternoon. We're so thankful that we have options for transportation and that our ride is SO short. Thanks for your prayers for calm seas and smooth transitions.
Monday, May 23, 2011
The Bikoi didn't make its regularly scheduled run out West this week, so our family is scrambling to figure out what to do. We would appreciate prayers for wisdom and unity and financial discernment. One of our options is to live out of boxes for a week and hope that the Bikoi comes back next week. Another is to pay for gasoline and a couple of motor canoes to take us to the East Russells early Wednesday morning to catch a different ship into Honiara. Or something in between! We have friends in Honiara trying to get our Bikoi tickets refunded and checking on options buying tickets for the Kosko. We can hardly wait to see how God works in this situation.
Yesterday a group of "youths" (rhymes with "roots") came from Ale, a neighboring village, to present their program in Marulaon and spend the night. Margaret (not Moses' wife) taught me how she makes stew using canned corned beef ($4-$5 for about half a pound), eggplant, peppers, green beans, curry, and noodles. I served it over rice for the youth to enjoy. Several of Marulaon's teenagers attend school near Ale, so it was really nice to see some familiar faces participate in the dramas, dancing and singing. They presented a program Saturday night in the church. Aaron attended the program, and Katherine crawled in bed with me to look through the window, listen and sing along. When Aaron returned home at midnight, he transferred my sweet little singing visitor back to her own bed. She does love to sing and dance with our neighbors!
After church this morning, three other families in addition to our own prepared food and brought it to the church for "morning tea". The entire community can come and buy the food, and the money raised goes to the church. I brought coconut rice mixed with the last of my Chinese cabbage, curry and canned tuna. Next week, another four families will take their turn bringing food.
The youths from Ale finished up their program this afternoon. They danced and sang for hours! I've never seen fundraisers like this before. If you want to pull out a particular boy or girl, you can put some money in the basket. I had fun pulling out the kids from Marulaon. Frequently, as soon I had paid to have them dance and sing near me, another friend from Marulaon quickly paid to have them go back to the group. Another time, a man brought up a coconut palm branch and said that the group must stop singing until each leaf on the palm had been bought for $1. Marulaon raised almost $2000 for this group of youths! I was really excited to get some pictures and videos because this kind of fundraising almost always happens at night.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Here are pictures from the translation workshop.
Here are the individual translators and their names. Thank you for all of the prayers for the translation project and for each person individually.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Benjamin has been our evening entertainment lately. One night, after the lights were off and everyone was settled down for the night, I heard his voice at my elbow. "Mama, may I please get some paper and a pencil? I just made up a great limerick and I need to write it down!"
A few nights later, again after everyone was in bed, I heard from the bathroom, "I hope the light doesn't disturb you. I just dropped a plastic glow-in-the-dark star in the toilet, and I need to fish it out." That boy makes me smile!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
We asked the Lavukal Translators to write down any prayer requests they may have. Here are their responses, word for word:
Ezekiel Hassar - My need in prayer: For my family to become one in translation work and also for myself in my training.
Edward Getu - The need in prayer: for my family to had the knowledge of understanding, the dedication service for God in this translation training for Lavukleve.
Stanley Kamedoa - I and my family must understand and to dedicate ourselves on translation work so we have to pray hard.
Ben Novali - I need only for my wife and children for protection and guidance from God for my whole family as we did not stay together.
Barnabas Alisikalam - My family needs prayer from all Christian throughout from the church so that my children may know more about this Lavukaleve translation, so that they can understand the words.
Janet Ngoane - My need in prayer: I need to pray for my family that they must know what is translation and pray for my children they are engaged in education.
1) I need your prayers for the health of my brother Richard Lema
2) I need your prayers the health of my family and especially for myself, my grandson and my wife (Joana)
3) Prayer for my wife to support me in His holy work of translation
Matthew Mina - My need in prayer: for my family to help in doing translation training, to help myself as well as Lavukal people
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
E-mail hasn't been working well, and with the workshop we will be super busy, so I don't plan to post on the blog for the next several days. Thanks for your prayers as Aaron teaches the first Translation Principles workshop to the newly selected translator candidates from May 15-May 18.
Friday, May 13, 2011
We woke again this morning to lots of clouds, and the rain quickly followed. For over a week now, we've had loads of clouds and rain. Our batteries miss the sun.
Eta and I went out in the rain this morning to finish up my bush garden. The rain quickly soaked us as we dug heaps and cut ubikola sticks to plant. We worked for several hours, dug and planted back forty heaps of ubikola, and then we switched sides of the garden to dig more heaps and plant umalau. After a few heaps, we decided to go back and rest for a little bit before we finished. I grabbed some cookie dough out of the fridge and baked some chocolate chip cookies as a quick thank you for Eta.
We decided that she would come get me to go back in the afternoon. She actually offered to go back and finish by herself, but I turned her down. I have to practice digging those heaps! Around 3 o'clock, we went back in the rain to finish up the umalau, only twenty-five heaps this time. Now my bush garden is finished, and I can turn my attentions to the small garden close to the house. Whew!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The first Translation Principles workshop starts next Sunday (May 15) and runs through next Wednesday (May 18) here in Marulaon. Janet Ngoane is our chief's wife and Marulaon's translator candidate. She is a hoot! Please pray for Aaron and the newly selected translator candidates as they learn together next week.
From East Russells:
Albert Cheva, Louna village
Rabert Lifa, Louna village
Rafael Lema, Louna village
Benjamin Novali, Moe village
From Central Russells:
Matthew Minatavem, Hae village
Stanley Kamedoa, Hae village
From West Russells:
Chief Osborne, Nono village
Ezekiel Hassar, Karumolun village
Janet Ngoane, Marulaon village
Edward Getu, Baisen village
Elijah Ere, Ale village
Chief Simon, Leru village
John Hubert, Mane village
Barnabas, Losiolen village
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7
Aaron met with Chief Leonard and Chairman Hensi yesterday underneath our house to work out details for the upcoming Translation Principles workshop (May 15-18). I'm so thankful for the two go-getters!
We enjoyed a downpour last night that filled up all three rain tanks. Again, we are so thankful for the prayers of people around the world on our behalf. We are keenly aware that God provides the rain for the tanks and gardens and that He provides the sun for the solar panels and gardens, too.
I went back to my garden today (after stretching out the stiffness yesterday) with Eta and two of her aunts, Tina and Margaret (the other one, not Moses' wife). Margaret's son, Charles (about 15 or 16 years old) came with us, too. Benjamin and Olivia came for about an hour to help dig ubikola (cassava) and clear away the brush. Charles dug the heaps while the ladies pulled up umalau and the old vines. We filled up a huge bag of ubikola and three big bags of umalau. I told the ladies ahead of time that I would pay them with food. We worked for about three hours and cleared my entire garden. We planted back umalau, leaving a small strip on each end of the garden to finish with ubikola and umalau next week. The work went so much faster with extra hands, and I was particularly thankful for Charles digging the heaps. I started to dig, but they laughed at me and told me to let Charles dig. Our whole family has colds right now, and I wasn't feeling particularly eager to dig forty holes in the ground. Naris told me I was sick because I had been working too much in my garden.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
A Boy's Mother
by James Whitcomb Riley
My mother she's so good to me,
Ef I was good as I could be,
I couldn't be as good -- no, sir! --
Can't any boy be good as her.
She loves me when I'm glad er sad;
She loves me when I'm good er bad;
An', what's a funniest thing, she says
She loves me when she punishes....
She loves me when she cuts an' sews
My little cloak an' Sund'y clothes;
An' when my Pa comes home to tea,
She loves him most as much as me.
She laughs an' tells him all I siad,
An' grabs me up an' pats my head;
An' I hug her, an' hug my Pa,
An' love him purt' nigh as much as Ma.
We got more rain last night, so I decided to take advantage of the moist, soft ground and head to my bush garden. Eta and I dug up umalau vines and dug lots of heaps to plant back new vines. After a couple of hours, we came back to the house where we took out old slippery cabbage bushes and transplanted some bell pepper. I shared some parcels of slippery cabbage with Margaret (Moses' wife) and Eileen. Not only is slippery cabbage yummy and healthy, but it's soooo easy to grow. After you remove the leaves, just poke the stick in the ground, and it will grow a whole new batch of leaves for you!
While I've been out working in the garden and trying to prepare the ground for our absence, the kids have enjoyed playing with their friends and building relationship with our neighbors. I love watching them play together!
Several Melanesian Brothers arrived this evening with the District Priest. We took over banana cake for their afternoon tea, and then I cooked coconut rice with Chinese cabbage and canned tuna for their supper. The community provided supper tonight, and beginning tomorrow the three community groups will divide up to provide meals. Group two (that's us!) will provide supper tomorrow night. The Brothers are here for "clearance", a new term to us. They will hold a program to help the church focus on worshipping one God and to let go of any practices of the old ways that people may still cling to.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Tuesday, May 3
We woke up last night to the sound of rain! As I sat on the porch listening to the rain run down the roof and into the gutter, I didn't mind not watching the sun rise in radiant splendor. Thank you for your prayers!
Wednesday, May 4
Instead of taxi fare, we get fish in payment for the use of the canoe! Last night, half of a big fish showed up as a thank you from Barnabas' family. So, we enjoyed tuna steaks for lunch today!
We got a little bit more rain last night and some sprinkles this morning. When I was visiting with Margaret this afternoon, she asked if our family had been praying for rain, and I was happy to tell her that we had. I also told her that we had asked people in America to pray for rain, too.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
(Somehow this didn’t post when it was schedule to, so it and the following few posts are a little later than intended. Enjoy!)
"May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children." Psalm 90:16
Thankfully marvelling at God's deeds on this Sunday:
-friends who bring fish (four parcels!)
-kids who like to celebrate special days (the cookies were for May Day)
-no more throw up
-a little bit of rain (please, keep praying for those tanks to fill back up)
-mogeas (bush apples) in bloom
-Mendelssohn's String Octet
-Sunday afternoon naps