Updates from the Hinds Family!
Dear friends and family,
A couple of times a week, for the past month now, Tim or I wake up to the now familiar, “snap, crack, pop”. We then get up, get dressed and head for the porch, where a spotlight and car battery is set up and ready to go. We wait, listen, then shine the light. The elephants are back and close by. They have broken into 4 fenced areas: The Johnson’s home, the campsite, the learning center and our yard. They have smashed the chain link fence in the other yards and actually stepped over our 5 foot rock wall. The Sawyers, our partners, are the only yard that hasn’t been “broken” into. Our job is to try and scare them off and keep them out of the yard. We sit on the porch wrapped in blankets waiting for the noise to stop or to catch a glimpse of them moving on. They are supposedly not from our area and have been brought here because they were a nuisance in a nearby town.
One of the elephants that has been waking us up at night; He bends the metal posts on our rock wall like they are nothing!
Our workers are sometimes late in the mornings and head home early at night as they are also being bothered by the elephants. Though they are huge they can move through the smallest places and are often around during the day. They are truly powerful animals and very little can stop them.
We finished our teaching on the gospel in our Tuesday ladies study, and then gave them a chance to share with each other. We had 2 chairs, one was for the believer who would share and the other for the neighbor, who would listen and ask questions. We laughed as we actually had 2 ladies “running” for the neighbor chair. It was amazing as everyone wanted a chance in the chairs. It worked out perfectly as many of the “neighbors” were some of our newer ladies who haven’t trusted in Christ yet.
Tim is preaching through James on Sundays and the study of spiritual armor in Ephesians on Thursdays. We are thankful for a new husband and wife that have joined the baptism classes. We started an adult literacy class in the afternoon, twice a week at the church. We have had a good response and I have had Jessie help me, as we now have 5 women at 2 different levels.
I’ve been able to finish repainting the lower half of the walls at the church, and I am almost finished with the doors. It really has brightened things up, the windows will take a while, but something I can work at slowly.
Tim and Travis were able to pour the cement floor for the long drop/bathroom at the school. It has 2 flush toilets for the teachers and 4 long drops for the kids, plus 2 changing rooms. They’ve also been busy hooking up the electric, putting up hooks for backpacks in each room and building more desks. We now need just 1 more teacher and are really praying for a Masai.
The garden is growing wonderfully and we just had our first picking of sukuma, which is a lot like kale. What a blessing it is to be in a place like Masai, where things grow and thrive after so many years in the desert! It always amazes me to see what will grow from just a tiny little seed. A great reminder for all of us to continue to plant seeds in peoples lives and watch God make it grow and thrive.
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