Today is as much the weekend here as it is at home. The carpentry youth don't work, and the English classes are finished but wouldn't meet anyhow on Saturday or Sunday. So today we are doing different things. Rick and Erik have gone to fix the leaky roof on one of the newest classrooms at Lunjini School, funded by the Swedes and finished in 2009. Ewa is doctoring the badly hammered finger of Charles, one of the roofing workers. Ev and I are in the office online and may walk down to look at the chapel roof with Dan later. Dan has a sermon to write for tomorrow. Ewa is meeting with women to discuss reproductive health issues and another time to hear about the women's savings and loan scheme this weekend.
Erik was talking last night about completing repairs on the third sewing machine, and Ewa is anxious to put something smooth on the tables under the machines. Ev and I are a bit at loose ends with no technical expertise aside from teaching, but we are going to clean up at the chapel site and thread rubber gasket-type things onto the roofing nails (so the nail holes don't leak, I guess). Lacking work boots we aren't going to get to ascend ladders and do any hammering, alas.
The question has arisen in some comments about why we are having to end the English classes rather than finding a way to continue. As I said, it's because of the cost of feeding the students lunch -- Bishop Stephen felt he needed to prioritize since the money for that purpose and much more was stolen. While I am a bit frustrated to have my role on the team so abruptly cut short, I think it's probably better for the theft to have some felt consequences and not to send the message that we have unlimited resources. At the same time, I'm happy to say that long practice on our mission teams has included taking precautions to provide for ourselves in emergencies, and so continuing careful stewardship on the part of Dan and Vasco means that we and the carpenters have food (and soap and toilet paper!) for next week.
Thank you all for your continuing prayers!