JAMBO to all Springfielders and blog watchers. Our days here are packed with interest and new experiences. The sun has been very hot – we are here in the famine season and for the last few days everyone has been watching and hoping for rain. It is badly needed, especially as the planting season starts in March. Finally tonight it rained – not for long and not enough but it was a good sign.
Our day today Thursday, started fairly early and some of us were on the road to our chosen activity by 8.30.am. I was taken by Pastor Lucy to the RUSH Tailoring School where at present there are 21 students, most 18years+ studying tailoring and dressmaking. (I hope there will be some photos for you to see – if Will can persuade his laptop to work with my universal card reader). They have a Praise and Prayer meeting every Thursday and today Pastor Lucy spoke at this meeting for the first time with 17 new students who joined a month ago. It was a very good address based on the faithfulness and honesty and good work of Joseph. Most of the students are Christian but not necessarily. 3 of the new students came forward to ask Jesus into their life as Lord and Saviour so there was much pleasure in the meeting.
A gift of a full roll of cotton material was given to them and there were big smiles and lots of appreciation.
Then onward towards the RUSH Academy – but nothing is simple here – first a stop at the Bank then finding the man who was going to buy the materials we need to build a traditional house for one of the RUSH widows and finally to School.
Once there I joined Ian and Will who were working hard putting the second, Bermuda Blue, coat of paint on the walls of the class called Pre Unit. These are the children who leave the Nursery to join Class 1 next January 2013. It was looking really good and I was given a brush and bowl of paint to help. Well we felt really confident about our progress until we opened the second large can of “Bermuda Blue” emulsion and – you guessed didn’t you- it was Baby Blue!!! Don’t PANIC!
By this time Gabby, Cecile and Becky had arrived and plans for the decorations were quickly revised to be 2 walls of Bermuda Blue and 2 of Baby Blue. We finished it and it looked great!
Ian, Will, Gabby and Becky then attacked the blackboards in easy classroom in turn and repainted then an impressive solid black.
They achieved so much today, working through the heat before the break in the weather was very tiring but they were determined.
Cecile has continued working with a young girl with special needs, encouraging her teachers in ways of helping the child, and today Angela and Joan took over the photographing and recording details of new sponsorship children. The total in the scheme will then be 44, and to date only a few have sponsors. So, please consider this way of helping RUSH help these needy children – speak to Wendy Littlemore soon.
We ended the day at Will’s choice of watering hole – the Golf Hotel and it was here, by the swimming pool the welcome rain turned the dusty African rock hard soil to bright bright red and we could smell that lovely wet soil soaking up the rain.
We had to wait for our lift back to ‘base’ chez Lucy and Andrew . He had been to collect two puppies to train as guard dogs for the compound and that turned out to be a smelly and surprising journey. Suddenly there was a scream from Cecile in the back seat – one puppy had got onto her seat and was trying to get on her lap! It was very funny to see her clutching Angela hoping to be saved from this tiny 2 month puppy – but I think she will tell you more on the blog. We did try to reassure her that you don’t get rabies from doggy pee, but it took a couple of hours before she believed us.
God bless you all and God bless Africa!
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