We have seen our SITAG family pull together this week in a ferocious display of teamwork and community.
Multiple visits (by many different people) to immigration this week finally resulted in the much needed paperwork to get our director and his family back to Honiara. We're thankful for the people who make the backup copies of documents and for those who are willing to take the massive amounts of time and energy to drive into town and hang out in line at the immigration office.
In addition, one of our colleagues came down with a mystery illness this week and needed some extra help, especially while her husband was in the village. Our SITAG family rallied and took turns babysitting, and we were able to pick up some fresh food from market, too. Neither of the sick mom's small children speak English, so we also needed our German-speaking colleagues to translate. I had three extra beautiful children at my table for lunch one day this week, one of them was bilingual and saved the day. I haven't had so much fun reading board books to a little one in a very long time, even if they were in English so she couldn't understand a word.
So looking back at the week, I see the Body of Christ at work. The result has been a family with four little ones receiving a big welcome at the airport with all the correct paperwork in hand. I also see a different family that needed some extra support and encouragement, and our SITAG family took a look at what resources we had to offer, befitting our individual personalities, and we reached out our hands to help. We've certainly welcomed the assistance of others so many times in the past, and I'm sure there will be many times in the future when we rely on our friends again (probably tomorrow!).
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in various forms." I Peter 4:10