I woke yesterday early in the morning. Roosters crowing,workers moving. Evelyn and I were up before the other missioners. It was apparent right away that something was not as it should be. By 6:30 Stephen was in the compound to find me and we went next door. All of the diocesan leadership was gathered together with the police. A break in and robbery had taken place. All of the cash for our present work, food for participants and missioners, water, etc had been stolen. A new reality had come to town.
That new reality was emphasized this morning, there was hot water for tea and leftover bread from yesterday. No breakfast? We are out of paper for the latrine, were the questions this morning. There was no money to buy them. It is the nature of a cash economy. No bank to keep the money in, no insurance, no credit card to front some money. It is an important lesson for those of us who have so much.
And of course suspicion falls on those who have access. They spent hours in custody, were released but, are back with the police this morning. Our hearts break for our friends. Our brothers and sisters are ashamed that this happened while guests are here. We have told them we are not guests, we are companions on the journey. So a day of sorrow.
It was also a day of resurrection. Worship was wonderful. Half the group in Medi and half at the cathedral. The good news was shared, lives were touched, the Kingdom of God was near. In the afternoon, many of us gathered for youth Sunday under that tree that has seen slavery and voters registration and who knows how many speeches and conversations. Three congregations, hundreds of people. Three hours of singing, dancing and praising God. Spirits were lifted and hope abounds. For people who have suffered years of war and violence yesterday was a bump in the road, there is and will be new life. It was after all a day of resurrection.
For those asking the question, what now? I have an answer. We have with us some emergency funds. Team One will depart tomorrow with what they need for the journey home. Team Two will fulfill to the extent possible the work we have begun. I have every confidence that we will finish the roof. English as a second language will continue. We may eat more simply, but that is good for us. We will move day by day to fulfill the mission that is before us. Your prayers are always welcomed.