Today we celebrated Ellie’s 83rd birthday! At devotions, David Mensah shared a little about her passion for missions and for the relationship that they have had since they first met in 1987. He prayed over her for “fruitful years to come.” The birthday celebrations continued throughout the day as classes at school sang “Happy Birthday” to her.
Pastor John’s devotional message brought context to the writings in Jeremiah 2. Judah had experienced many years of comfort and prosperity and they forgot that God was the one who gave and blessed them with much. In our arrogance, we want to believe that we can depend on ourselves, rely on our own strength and resources, needing no one else. Pastor John then challenged everyone: “Hold on to what you have, remember those who have gone before, and who have accomplished what they have through their dependence on God. Don’t lose that, because we need that from you.” David thanked him for the reminder to keep “El Shaddai!”
At school, students learned about Jesus’ resurrection today. In retelling the story of the crucifixion, Robert, a student in Kim’s Grade 3 class, gave a long comprehensive presentation in his language. (He did say that he aspires to be a pastor!) A highlight of the day was individually presenting each student in the class with their photo and hearing their affirmation that God loves them. Donna has been paired with the perfect teacher, Sara. There is no question that each child knows that Donna loves them. She wears her nursing heart on her sleeve.
Aaron had a fulfilling day as he and NEA mechanic, Clements, completed the work being done on the Ford Cargo truck. Parts were gathered to be returned to Canada for the reimbursement of their core charges. Aaron also joined Bruce and Adam fixing school desks.
Each day 60-70 people have been working on the build site. Today the floor was being poured and the building of foundation walls continued in the other wing. A split shift lunch system was implemented so that the pour was not interrupted. Brad was the winner of the “Golden Shovel Award” today, because of his “sharp” eyes; he has been able to see things that needed to be done to keep things “in the flow.”
May all of our efforts and the stories we tell testify to El Shaddai…and may they be fruitful for years to come.