Update from the Hinds
Dear friends and family,
The lowing of cattle puts us to sleep and wakes us up in the morning, along with the occasional hyena. The rains have just begun, and though we desert dwellers are overwhelmed at the rain day after day, it still isn’t enough yet for the cattle. They are allowed to graze in the game park at night, which of course has its drawbacks. The shepherds and cattle stay in a big groups and come out of the park before sun up the next morning. (see pic) It is a very different way of life here, but we are settling in and appreciating the cooler weather. The school kids have finished for the year and are now helping out with the animals and chores around the house: firewood, water, cooking and watching the baby cows and goats.
Tim is teaching through the book of John in devotions and preaching through Colossians. Four of us take turns teaching the ladies class and we are sharing the Children’s Sunday School Class. (see pic) Continue to pray for us as we build relationships in the community and with the church family.
We celebrated an early Thanksgiving with 5 of our missionary families. The Richardsons came to visit with the Johnsons before they head home to the states in February. Jon Johnson, Tom Richardson and Trevor Knowles spent several days working on cupboards for our kitchen, while Tim and Travis Sawyer made us a gate. (see pic) We are living in the Russell’s home which is quite a big home (see pic) with many little projects left to finish. We are just trying to pick out a few “necessary projects” for now, like the gate, septic, kitchen, painting and shelving for the house.
We are very excited about a school that Travis began construction on this year. Mara Christian Academy will be an A.I.C. primary school (nursery to 8th grade) that will be a part of the mission station here. Travis has received enough funds to complete the first 2 classrooms, a kitchen and bathrooms. (see pic) Their desire for the school is that it will give these children an opportunity to be firmly grounded in the word of God and provide an excellent Christian education. If you would like to know more about the school please check out their website at: http://www.thesawyerscoop.com
We are so thankful that Luke has arrived home and is enjoying his reunion with Sherie and getting to know his little Danica! (see pic) Please pray for them as he has some testing in Georgia for the next part of his training.
Mike and Abby are visiting with my family and Tim’s during Thanksgiving, please pray for their travels.
Jessie and I are busy painting and making things look like home. Hummer is now a part of our household and learning to get along with the cat! (see pic)
We are grateful for this time of year when we can remember how much we have to be thankful for and God’s provision for our every need.