Moving Forward Again
OK, so we are finally back to moving forward. Yesterday, we finished painting over all of the original colored paint with white and are now back on to applying the colored paint again. It is covering much nicer, but unfortunately still needs two coats to cover really well. So that means that every single wall of that place still needs 3 more coats of paint. :( Chad has been busy slapping on the white stuff, while Jamison and I have been painting over the white with the color. We are very close to having the whole back apartment area complete. The only thing it will be lacking is tile, windows, and a sink. It is looking really nice! Oh yeah, I had mentioned earlier that the windows would most likely be here and getting installed today. Wrong! We got an updated time estimate, and now it looks like they are set to arrive the day we fly back to the States, so we won't be seeing them. Bummer!
And the tile is a whole other story. There is absolutely no selection here in Xai-Xai, that is, unless you wanted some high gloss, gaudy floral print tiles. Then the selection is endless! :) I thought Chad was exaggerating a bit when he pre-warned me about this, but he was not at all. We're hoping to find something nicer when we head into Maputo at some point this week.
Last night we had a great night hanging out with a bunch of missionaries who live in the area, as well as a team of 2 women staying here for the week working with World Hope. There was a crazy thunderstorm last night, too, that even got us sitting straight up in bed at one point. Chad said that he was already up and he saw the lightning strike what looked like not too far from behind the wall surrounding the Lehman's property where we are staying.
We all decided to take a break from painting today so our arms could recover a bit, but Chad just left to work on some electrical stuff. Jamison is still in bed and I am busy running a load of laundry. Looks to be a pretty uneventful Saturday so far. It is very much needed, as we having been putting in 8-11 hour work days, painting the whole time. The time has been going by really fast, but I'm not so sure you'll see any of us holding another paintbrush for quite some time after this. :)
Tomorrow we are planning on visiting a church quite a ways from Xai Xai and distributing some players. We are very excited about that. Oh, here's a really cool story about the use of players, too!
Sunday night, we learned that a local shop owner of Indian descent had begun inquiring about Christianity and had asked somebody (not sure if it was a missionary or a someone from the Bible College) if they had access to a Bible in his native Indian tongue. They did not, so Chad contacted another ASM missionary, who happens to be in India right now, and JP was able to get an audio form of the Bible in that language. Chad was able to get that from him over the internet and put it onto one of the players. It's incredible how the use of technology has impacted this ministry! God is so creative! Please pray with us for this man; that his eyes may be open to the truth through hearing the Word.