Tents, chairs and a sound system were set up and ready for our solemn gathering. Women from Noah’s home arrived dressed in black and red, the colours of mourning. David Mensah was also dressed in red and black regalia.
Following opening prayers and songs, Pastor Craig drew our attention to Psalm 133: “Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity. For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.” A youth choir led and we all sang “How Great Is Our God” and “How Great Thou Art” during the offering.
Following Pastor Rans’ message “Let Us Be Steadfast…The Lord will bring light into the darkness,” David Mensah spoke of Noah, a unique man who included God in all he did. When David felt weary with the work, Noah reminded him, “You know this work is God’s work. You know that.” Noah was kind; he cared for people and nothing deterred him from his task. David reflected that it was fitting that brothers and sisters Noah has worked with are here at this time working on this project. Some members of today’s team were here in 2000 on the first mission project, building the compound peanut house. Today’s group represents hundreds of those who have been here in the past twenty years.
After church, Gretchen repaired a little girl’s sandal with a pipe cleaner and Matt participated in wheelbarrow races with some children. We rested in the afternoon, enjoying pleasant conversations in the shade of the NIM house gazebo, taking naps, participating in late afternoon sports, photography and walks into Carpenter.
Tonight’s setting sun was a perfect round orange ball in the sky and the moon was much the same. Amazing!
Although some days are long, our time here has passed quickly. Continue to pray for health and strength as we head into our final four workdays before we depart on Friday.
Let us be steadfast and finish well.