As usual our visit to Daveyton was unique! This week was much calmer – after three weeks the teacher’s strike was settled – so the school age children were gone. The few patches of grass are turning green, which is amazing considering we have had no rain since April.
Thank you so much for your prayers for Palissa and Phinehas. Palissa was much calmer today. Phinehas was there when we arrived, dropping off a bag of food. He had come home on Sunday, not to sleep there, just to bring food. Palissa was very sad that he had not returned to stay, but was grateful for the food. Her brother had come to visit her and help out as well. Her face glowed when he reached for Gift (her son – age 1 yr 3 mos). As we were preparing for our Bible study a young girl arrived with a small container of food for Palissa. God has blessed her with good neighbors and she was thankful. Pray that Phinehas will admit his need of a relationship with Jesus.
Palissa, Gladys, and Sunday are studying the book of John. Today we looked at John 1:19-51. Gladys was not able to come since she was washing blankets. They had not been washed since her mother died a few weeks ago. A friend on the other side of the township was letting her wash them at her house. She promised to join us next Thursday. Hopefully Sunday will come next week as well. (I asked about Sunday, but it was just too confusing. Gladys’ English is not the best, so when I said Sunday she thought I was coming back on Sunday. I said I would see her on Thursday and decided to inquire about Sunday then!) Pray that Gladys and Sunday will join in the study next week. Gladys seems to always say, “next week.”
This week Dianne was back from her three week trip to Zambia. I went with her to find the Portuguese speaking women. One household had moved back to Mozambique since they were not able to find jobs. The others were not home. Dianne had an interesting conversation with a woman who spoke no English (native language Zulu), but could speak a little Portuguese. It’s always interesting to try to find a combination of people speaking various languages – sort of like the game “gossip” where you hope what you said to the first person gets translated down the chain to the person the message was intended!
We then went to the other side of the settlement to visit Margaret and Nellie. We had a group of four young women – reading the Bible in English, Zulu and Tsonga. Denise has them doing a topical study to encourage them to pray, read the Word, and apply what they learn. I filled in for Denise and took them through the study. Having them look up the scriptures from Isaiah to Philippians was very time consuming – but I’m sure worth every minute. These young women are praying that they will find jobs. We pray that if God provides jobs, they will still be able to study the Word with us. They are very excited about going to the church on Sunday. Please pray that a location near the settlement can be found for the church to meet. Dianne has suggested they have church at Margaret or Nellie’s house. That would be a great solution.
Larry (Dianne’s husband) was back and went with Doug on visits to the men. When we arrived at the township Larry locked his keys in the car. He couldn’t leave the car since the keys were visible and someone could easily break the window and steal the car. Margaret’s neighbor came over and showed Larry how to remove the rubber in the door and open it! He didn’t ask how the man learned such a skill or how often he used it!