When we first moved to Indiana, My Dear had Fridays off of work. It quickly became my favorite day of the week. He was home or at least with us! My love language is acts of service and his being home meant extra hands with the babies or a task accomplished at home. It was all good and he even got to sleep in on those days!
It is a 6 day work week here on the mission and the 7th day is "on call." It is, what it is! Much like a nurse, doctor. pastor, police officer, fireman..... if something happens, they have to be there! For My Dear it could be issues with our water supply or transportation to and from the airport. If someone passes away there will be a knock on the door for a coffin and he will need to take care of that. Any range of things really!
Sunday is a day that much of the mission is shut down with the exception of the playground and zoo which is managed by a guard. This allows for some rest for My Dear. That in itself could be why Sunday would be welcomed each week! But it's not! Sunday is our favorite day of the week because of these people.....
We love spending Sunday morning with these people....some are absent from this photo that was taken a few weeks ago. The church at Fermathe has an English speaking Sunday School class. They have needed a teacher for awhile with another man filling in. They asked a missionary staff person if they knew of anyone who would be interested in teaching and well.....here we are! My Dear LOVES this!!!! I have never been with a more eager group of students! They want to learn English so that they can read and study their Bibles. (The Creole Bible is not a direct translation but is paraphrased.)They are hungry for The Word. They fulfill the place of my small group Bible study in the states. We are working toward sharing life together as Mark has 2 of these men going along with him when he knows language will be an issue and needs a translator to help him communicate or to help him understand. He loves these men and his time with him. Another of the man in our class is being mentored by another missionary staff member once a week.
There are 2 ladies that have been consistent to class. One a mom and a teacher...just like me! She borrowed my Handbook for Reading book that I used to teach the children to read and photo copied every page to continue to work on her English skills. The other lady is a young woman in her early 20s perhaps. She makes me smile. I have laughed and grown much in my relationship with young women. In fact, when we moved, I missed those young women! They were perks to My Dear being in youth ministry! *Shout out to the small groups of ladies that I love....interrupted movements, scented candles, Fazoli's bread, and "that may or not have been me" kinda love!
The class members are inviting people to come with them. We are reading through Genesis and reading Francis Chan's book Multipy together at home and discussing it in class. These people spur me on!!!
This is our class. We had a team of Hoosiers working on the mission this week so they joined us.
Literally, every chair in the building was in use. I took a seat on the floor and sent the girls and their friend into another room to create more room. Mark sat on an upside down trash can!
We look forward to what God is going to do in us and through us (all of us!) as we continue to meet together on our favorite day of the week!
I am eager for my home church folks to meet these people.....very soon!