Sunday, September 14, 2014

Malachite Sunbird

The last few days there has been a beautiful malachite sunbird hanging around Matukeng.  This is the mating season, and the males are really flashy.
It is drinking nectar from the aloe flowers.
This picture is blurry, but you can see the long, curved bill.
If you click the pictures, they will enlarge.

Update on Lesotho

Thank you so much for your prayers for our protection and peace in Lesotho.  The political situation is still unresolved, and there is a lot of tension.  We thank the Lord that there hasn't been more violence.  Please do continue to pray!

If you are interested, the following articles give two opposing views of the situation.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Instability in Lesotho

Dear Praying Friends,

I am writing to ask for your continued prayers for Lesotho and our family.  In our previous post, we mentioned that there was an attempted coup in the country.  The army shut down radio stations, attacked several police stations, and also the Prime Minister's residence.  Fortunately, the Prime Minister was warned of the attack shortly before it happened and fled to South Africa.  As far as we know he is still in South Africa, and the army appears to be in control of the country.  During the day the situation seems peaceful but tense.   Last night (Monday night) power was shut down throughout the city of Maseru, and gunshots were heard again a place or two.  Perhaps one of the greatest danger is that the police are not on duty.  This leaves criminals at liberty to do what they want.

Please pray for peace in Lesotho.  This political rivalry between the Army and the Police has gone on for many years.  Pray that God will bring it to an end, and that both sides will seek the good of the nation, not personal agendas.  Also please pray for our safety.  Many organizations are evacuating their American/ex patriate staff.  Pray that God will direct us clearly if we also need to leave.

If you would like to read more about the situation, this article is quite informative.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

What's Going on in Lesotho????

Perhaps quite a few of you have heard that there was something like an attempted coup in Lesotho in the early morning hours Saturday.  We are fine, and things are quiet on the surface at least.  Please do pray for peace and our safety!  If you want to read more, I think this article in the Sunday Express summarizes things pretty well.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Progress at Our House

Here are a few pictures to update you on the progress we have made at our house:

Here is a "before and after" of the kitchen.  Pastor Kali has helped me 
put two coats of primer on most of the house now.  We are hoping
to start painting the final coat (not primer--the real paint) in the 
kitchen/living room on Monday.

Besides the primer, Stephanie and Mrs.
Manthabi have spent several days scouring
 soot off cupboards, appliances, and dishes.

Between painting, fixing broken pipes from an unusually cold
 winter, and other mission business, I have started
working on the study.  I have taken out the broken wall
and ceiling panels, and have started replacing them.

Mr. Thabang, a licensed electrician from the Ha Mokhachane
 congregation, wired the house for electricity while things
 already had to be painted and repaired.  We still have no idea
 when we'll actually get electric, but it will save a lot of work when it
does come.  We hope they might hook our house up to the pole by the
 clinic before the end of the year (fingers crossed.)

We are living in the unfurnished two-room mission guest house just across the yard from our house.  Since there are no appliances there (and because it is pretty small for a family of four) we are cooking in our house.  Our belongings are a variety of places, so things are still a little chaotic.  God has really been helping us, and I think we are coping pretty well with this rather hectic phase of our lives.  Once again, thank you SO MUCH for your prayers and financial support.