Last night “the rains” finally started. We had thunder and lightning and rain starting around 7:30 and ending this morning around 7:30. We wondered for awhile if we would get to make our usual Thursday morning trip to Zen Zella (found out that it is 2 words) settlement. We were amazed that the clouds held their moisture as we made the drive and were breaking up as we made our return to the office.
My first stop was to see Pala. (I decided to change names after googling something and seeing my blog show up in the results! I thought it would be good to protect the identity of our friends.) I was disappointed to see a chain and lock on her door. Gladys was home but was headed out the door. It seems that every week I hear those words, “next week . . .”
I ventured down the somewhat muddy path to find Denise. Her two friends were ready to continue their study. Denise ended earlier than usual because one of the young women was not feeling well. We decided to walk back to see if Pala might be home. She was outside laughing and playing with her little boy.
As we went inside to share our lesson on John 6, Pala began to tell me that she had just returned from a trip. Her in-laws had requested that her husband come and bring his family. They made the journey. Her husband was told that he must return home! Pray for Pala to be able to love her husband through Christ and that she will also be able trust her husband – and that he would prove to be trustworthy. He is not a believer, so pray that he will see his greatest need.
Pray for me that God would give me wisdom in how to teach the Bible to this woman. I go away wondering what I should have done differently or what I should have said. It is such a privilege to go to meet with Pala.