At the moment our camera isn't functioning properly, so there may be some time before we can share more photos. This week both Micah and I have our birthdays so maybe we will try to borrow someone else's camera for those occasions.
The end of this year is shaping up to be a busy one. In November I plan to start teaching a course in counseling to two of our national workers. Gwen will also probably resume her classes with the young ladies from our churches. During the third week of November we are tentatively planing a week of evangelistic tent meetings near our Manyatseng church. The school year here ends during the first week of December. So that week there will be an end of the year program.
I serve as school treasure for Hope Christian Academy and up till now we haven't gone through the receipts and paperwork for the six months while we were in the States....so there is a lot of calculating ahead of me.
During Christmas week there is a possibility that we may hold a special Christmas conference. Last Saturday Phil and I had a meeting with our national pastor to begin the process of sharing more and more of the church work with our nationals. We are excited about the possibilities that are opening up for the work here in Ladybrand. Last evening we attended a very profitable school board meeting. Oh, we also need to begin language study in earnest....sometime!
Well, enough of my ramblings. At least you know we aren't on vacation. Steve
Saturday, October 18, 2008
We decided to try our hand at a small garden this year. We thought we were going to have to move at the end of November, but due to some unexpected circumstances it looks like we should be able to stay in this house at least another year. Since we are planning on staying we decided to have a garden. The first project was to remove a mostly dead peach tree. After the tree was cut I worked on the stump for quite a while before it finally yielded. Next, as you can see below, I began "tilling" the plot. As I was using the pick on the hard packed soil I remembered how easy it was preparing our garden in PA with my in law's tiller. Oh well, the produce will make it worth while. I'll try to share more pictures as we make more progress with our garden.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Gwen and Isaac were busy today putting away some sweet and some bread and butter pickles. As the summer goes along we hope to do a lot more canning. Not only is a great learning experience for children, but it also can save money in the long run. Besides that there is something fulfilling about eating what one has worked to make.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Steve's parent's, Steve and Janet Geise, missionaries in Guatemala, were able to be in South Africa for about a month. They were a real blessing while they were here. Dad Geise is a handyman and he fixed many little things while he was here. He also spent a lot of time under Phil's truck and Steve's car. Mom Geise spent a lot of time reading to the boys and playing with them. That was especially helpful during this extremely busy time.
Gwen's Father, Rev. James Susan, gave the message at the wedding. It was really nice having him in our home.
We enjoyed having the newly weds, Brent and Alisha Susan here in Ladybrand. Though they didn't stay with us, it was nice having them around.
Rev. Grant is the president of Hope International Missions. It was a privilege to have him preach at our Manyatseng church the Sunday morning after Phil and Amrie's wedding. He was able to really connect with our people. Bro. Grant and Bro. Howard also both spoke in chapel at Hope Christian Academy.
It was so nice to have Bro. and Sis. Howard in South Africa. Bro. Howard is our African Regional Director. The Howards spent several years in Ghana and Lesotho as missionaries.