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Being Prayed for at the Farewell Party

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Leslie at the Carpentry Shop

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Tami Doing Sponsorship in the Classroom

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The 4 of Us Are Home

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Post by Dave Schertzer:

After a very memorable last morning and drive into Freetown, Dave, Jery, Colleen and Jim Stuart shopped for curios, purchased a spool of wire, tore through the Freetown streets to the ferry, arrived just in time to board the ferry without our vehicle, were literally carried by porters from the dock through water onto the boat, loaded in a vehicle made available on the ferry, drove to Lungi Airport, and checked in for our flight.

While giving hugs to Samuel Ngoneh, he gave a kiss on Dave’s cheek. “I was deeply moved by this expression of love and appreciation. I wanted to stay longer in SL, but I will return the kiss when Renee and I return for another visit.”

Dave has been sick from airline food for 2 days, but is up today to post some photos of Stephen and Jim Jackson, who are still in Banta completing the electrics and water hookups.

Men, we are praying for your health and perserverence in completing the task!

Things We Miss…

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Things we miss from back home (the US):

  • Ice (Jim Stuart said he couldn’t wait to drink something and have the ice touch his teeth)
  • Dry bras (they are either wet from sweat when you wear them, or wet from not drying all the way overnight, due to the humidity)
  • Clean shoes (those we brought are permanently stained from the red African soil)
  • A more abundant wardrobe — it’s amazing how little clothing you actually need to get by, but we are all looking forward to a bit more variety.  We joke that many of our outfits will not be coming home with us, as we are sick of them!  We will leave them behind to bless someone here.
  • Being able to wear our hair down (us girls!)  It’s just too hot!
  • Our families (occasional email has been a God-send, but not the same)
  • Our departed team mates (we miss you guys!!!!)

Things we will miss (from Sierra Leone) when we depart:

  • The children —  Running to greet you and hug you each morning and afternoon on their way to and from school.
  • The staff —  Always eager to have a genuine exchange with each passing, never merely a “Hello,” but a genuine, “Good morning, Aunty/Uncle [name]!  How are you this morning?  Did you sleep well?  What does the day have for you today?,” etc. always accompanied by a hug or a handshake.
  • Aunty Chris’ cooking — She has taken such good care of us!  She is an excellent cook and has treated us to both African and American dishes!  Her Groundnut (Peanut) Chicken, Curry Rice, and Hamburgers are my favorites!!!!
  • Praise and Prayer – Waking up the the sounds of children singing worship songs to the Lord, listening in on the Religion and Morals class being taught in the schools, seeing the staff and adults from neighboring villages meet in groups throughout the week for Bible study, and falling asleep to the sounds of half-night and all-night staff prayer meetings.

And Then There was Light!

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Last night, after dinner as the sun had set at the horizon and darkness began to envelope the children’s village — when normally the day kind of comes to an end, as their isn’t much that can be done in the dark, and the kerosene lanterns or small generators only produce minimal light — Jim was ready to “try out the lights!”  After installing light bulbs in each of the children’s homes and ready for a “test run” of the electrical wiring to the homes, Jim turned on the big generator and one by one turned on power to each of the children’s homes.  You should have heard the cheers and praises of “Hallelujah” and “Praise Jesus!” as one by one, each home lit up like a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.  It was fun to watch the children at their houses — the ten of them — as they were eager to see whose home would be lit up next.  There was kind of a good-spirited competition as to not wanting to be last!  As the last house finally lit up, it was amazing to sit there amidst TEN homes, all lit up at the same time.  All of us, the children, and the aunties and homeparents sat around on the front porches and in the courtyard visiting, laughing, playing, studying, and knitting (House 9 girls!) amidst the light until 10:00pm when the generator was turned off.  What a difference something as simple as electricity can make!