September 28, 2015
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; - Philippians 3:20
The problem with writing a monthly newsletter is that, when things are slow and boring or even difficult and discouraging, one still feels the need to think of something exciting to put in the newsletter! After sitting at my computer for a few days trying to think of something, I just decided to give it up! The work in Lacharok seems to have stopped. Paul is still optimistic that the guys will come back, but we have not had a good storying session with them since May. In fact, the “leader” of that group, James Latoy, has only been around for one visit since May. On that visit he told us that many of the people were “discouraged” and didn’t want to come anymore. When I asked why he said “They think you deceived them because they were waiting for you to buy them uniforms and book bags.” To memorize stories!
Earlier this week I was in Torit buying some supplies and a new battery for the Landcruiser. As I was pulling up to my last stop, the hardware store, I switched on my left turn-indicator. When an oncoming motorbike driver saw my indicator, he freaked out, lost control of the motorbike, and wiped out on the road. He only had some scrapes on his arms and leg, but the front wheel of his motorbike slid under my vehicle, and my back tire went over it, breaking part of the motorcycle. I spent 6 hours on Monday at the traffic police station where they basically told me, “These guys drive too fast on their motorbikes and cause accidents, but you can’t leave him with all of the expenses, so we’re going to charge you. Don’t worry your insurance will pay half.” Now I’m waiting for his follow-up visit to the hospital for his scrapes before I can find out how much that is going to cost.
The night after the motorbike incident I couldn’t sleep. Every time I fell asleep I would dream that people were on my front porch begging for something, or a ride somewhere, or forcing me to pay something, and I had to keep waking up and deciding if it was real or a dream!
Please pray for us as we spend the last few months before our home-assignment. Pray that God would clearly show us closed-doors, when to say no, and give us patience as we live as aliens and strangers in this world.
Justin, Amy, Ezekiel and ??