Tuesday, October 12, 2010

First twenty four hours

After we arrived yesterday, of course we greeted the children and staff that were here.  It was great to see everyone and they all seemed excited to see us as well.  We talked with them until dinner and then we hung out while they ate.  Holding the baby (Nsala) was awesome.  She is soon to turn 6 months.  Josiah, the next youngest at about 2.5 is talking up a storm.  He will tell you a story: "Once upon a time there was a hippo."  That is the end of the story.  So cute!
We do not really have internet access (long story) so we have not been able to read or respond to any emails. 
Today we spent from 8am - 1pm with the village elders taking them quite far to a meeting and waiting until the meeting was done to bring them back. We had the opportunity to visit with them some (part of building relationships). 
We needed to stop at the hospital on the way back to pick up the medications for the children.  When we returned we had lunch and then headed back out to take the older children to vocational school (from 2-4). 
While they were there we went and picked up 50 new mosquito nets for the children's beds.  This is a big praise as they were donated and are typically quite expensive.  The staff will hang them tomorrow. 
We visited the telecom place to try to get a modem to get on line but the "right person" was not there so we will try again tomorrow. 
We also visited the immigrations office and spoke to a person about getting our volunteer visas.  Another long story. 
Then we ran to the grocery store to pick up food for dinner. 
I cooked curry chicken, corn on the cob and we had left over rice that Tori cooked last night.  We ate with Dave (the interium director who is here for about another week and a half) and Tori (one of the volunteers that is here until December). 
In spite of how excited we were to unpack, we still have not accomplished that task.
What is the weather like??  VERY HOT!!!  VERY HOT!!!  Everything is very dry and the sand is very dusty and since there is a breeze (thank God for even a warm/hot breeze) it is rather dusty. 
No snakes sighted.  No crocks sighted.  Heard the hippos and went out to look but did not see them. 
The 9 puppies are, of course, real cute and Lydia (the mom) is very busy! 
Everyone has been super nice and we are already learning a lot!!
Hebrews 11:1  Now faith is knowing what you hope for and being certain of what you cannot see. 
Love to all!! 

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