Unless otherwise specified, all reports are from Brother Chuck
On Saturday morning Simon and I left Z’Orange and met Ginette to go grocery shopping. I have known Ginette for 12 years, and she is a wonderful Christian lady. I don’t know what we would do without her. Not only does she cook for us, but she also works with VBS and the medical teams. We are truly blessed to have her as part of TEM. Anyway, we met Ginette and she had the shopping list, so Simon and I followed her like little sheep, doing whatever she told us to do in the grocery store. She had a list to feed 30 people for the first week, and we were in and out of the grocery in about an hour–I was impressed.
After shopping, Simon and I had several stops to make at different hardware stores, and then we headed home. We got back to the mission house about 1 p.m. The mechanic was here–I was glad to see he had come back–and he had fixed Gabriel, Hallelujah!! After taking care of the mechanic, this old man took a nap. I haven’t stopped since I’ve been here, and it was catching up with me. After an hour-and-a-half nap I got up, and then Simon and I cut the bottoms of some doors because of the tile, and we cut the legs off my bed. With the mattress on my bed, I felt like a little kid with my legs dangling off the side about a foot from the floor. Later that night, we had hot dogs cooked in the microwave (that’s right), and afterward we had popcorn. Pastor John Renel, Simon and Blanco have never seen a microwave or seen one work; they were impressed and loved the popcorn.
On Sunday I slept a little late, until 7:30, and was enjoying my coffee when Simon came in and told me that Pastor Do wanted me to preach. I had asked Simon all week if Pastor Do had said anything about me preaching, and he never had. (This same thing happened last time I was here but, praise the Lord, He always has me ready, in season and out.) The Lord gave me a wonderful message about ‘Do you know you are a Christian, not just believe you are one?’.
Before the message I presented Pastor Do with a shofar that Dottie had given me to give to the church. It is from Israel. I told them all the functions of the shofar, and had Simon blow it. When I gave it to Pastor Do I could tell he wanted to try it, so I asked the congregation if they wanted Pastor Do to blow it, and they all said yes. It was funny because, as you know, it is not easy, and Pastor Do was making some pretty funny sounds out of the shofar. The congregation was laughing so hard–it was hilarious.!
After church I had Simon go home to spend some time with his family–Blanco, also.
I had lunch and, guess what, I took another nap. I’m going to take advantage of this while I can. When I woke up I was starving, so I ate some peanut butter and jelly, using the same spoon to dip into each of them, and drank milk right out of the carton–it’s the rebel in me.
When I was full I started painting my office, and finished about 7 p.m. I had found some Sherwin Williams paint in Port, and it is great compared to the poor quality paint I have used here for years.
I’m thinking that after my shower I’ll pop some more of that popcorn and have it with a cold Coke. I’m really roughing it, but somebody has to do it.
God bless you all on this wonderful day that the Lord has made!!!