February Update from the Richardsons
Friday morning Karen and Ellie took the 4-wheeler to the nursery school to share a lesson with the kids there. I love watching the kids listen to Karen’s stories and sing Bible verses with her; they all love her a ton. This year we have between 20-30 kids who come each day to learn to read and write so they can later move on to primary school. They get a meal each day and hear about their Creator and Savior along the way. Last month we received a gift from a family in the States to help with the Nursery. It will pay the teacher and the cook and buy food for the nursery for 5 months. ->From our perspective those folks are investing (and helping us invest) in the lives of those kids.
Friday evening I sat with Karen on our 2-person couch. Our neighbors’ two-year old daughter sat on Karen’s lap and held on to my hand. Her parents were on the next couch over, teaching their other, younger daughter to sit through a video without being a noisemaker. Another couple, along with our kids and a few other teenagers sat on the rest of the furniture, while about 10 little kids were spread around on the floor. I was half ignoring the movie, enjoying that little two-year-old hand, thinking about the blessing of her trust and about how the whole group was putting up with a little noise from the 1-year old while her parents did a fine job of teaching her that she is not the center of the universe.
The next morning, Saturday, I turned on the computer just before 6:00 am and noticed that Warner had tried to call several times during the night. Within a few seconds he called again with the wonderful news that Evelyn Grace had been born. After a while we were all sitting around the computer, talking with Warner, Grace and Joanna, and I found myself listening to everybody, thinking about another little person to invest in.
I think we all know how important children are to our Lord, but I wonder if we all remember how much it means to them when we take the time to invest in their lives? Karen and I are thankful for those who decided to help specifically with the Nursery. Most of the kids think they are coming to get beans and rice every day, their parents think they are coming to learn to read and write, and we hope they are getting a portion of God’s Word that will stick with them until one day when they decide to follow Christ.
Thanks again for your love, support and prayers,
Tom and Karen, Ellie, Russell and Kristyn
· -Evelyn Grace Richardson was born January 31, 2014. Grace is well, Warner is happy, and Grandma is thankful for emailed pictures.
· -We are still alone on the station here in Ngurunit. Charles and Cindi Nicholson are longing to be with us, but they don’t have enough support yet. For various reasons, Tom is the only acting elder in the church these days as well.
· – We plan to be in the States for a few weeks this summer for Daniel’s wedding and to help Ellie get settled and started with her life in Kansas.
· -Putting the last two together, you can imagine it wasn’t an easy decision to leave this summer. Please remember especially those here in Ngurunit who will be holding things together while we’re gone.
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