Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back Home in Lesotho

This is just a real short post to let you know we are back home in Lesotho again.  We are living between our house (where there is a working stove and fridge) and the mission guest house here at Matukeng. All our personal belongs were removed from our house during/after the fire and then stashed a variety of places. A lot of them were brought to the guest house. The result is chaos, and neither the guest house nor our house are fully suitable for our family! Now that we are here, Steph is working on bringing things back into order. By tonight we will have two coats of good quality primer that seems to seal in the smoke stain on the front part of our house. We are working on getting that part (the two front bedrooms, the kitchen/livingroom, and the bathroom) back in livable condition as quickly as possible. Our goal is to move back in and continue with the back part (the study where the fire was, another bedroom and a little "prophet's chamber") once we are bit more settled. Pastor Kali (HIM's national leader in Lesotho and our next door neighbor) has been helping me almost everyday. He has also employed a few other people for a day here and there. It has been a tremendous blessing to have reliable Christian friends helping us!

One bit of good news is that we have been able to recover some of our music cds. The cases are badly burned or melted, but we have been able to pry open some of cases and found that the cds inside are still usable.

Thank you so much for your prayers and for each one who has contributed towards renovating our house.  Because of your generosity, we were able to have the house wired for electricity while it is already torn up.  There is an electric pole at the clinic about 200 yards/meters from our house, so we are hoping that we will have electricity in a few more months!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

House Fire 3

Before I get to the house, thank you so much for your prayers for our return trip.  Our flights all went very well.  The only hitch was that our luggage got sent to Liberia!  (Delta, how did you manage that???)  Fortunately, they all came home eventually, and none of our suitcases caught Ebola while they were gone. ;-)

Now to the house:  First I would like to thank the Nthabi family (our next door neighbors) and the team of young people from America who did so much of the dirty work before we came home!  They washed most of the walls, carried out burnt furniture and books, and so much more.  If it wasn't for their hard work, getting home would have been a terrible shock!

Hopefully these pictures will give you a little idea of where things stand.

Smoke damage in the kitchen
Even after LOTS of scrubbing, the soot and smoke won't come off the walls and ceiling.  The whole house will need to be repainted.  Please pray that we will be able to find a primer/sealer that will seal the smoke smell and stain into the walls so it doesn't come through the new paint.

The fire was worst in the study.
In the study some of the asbestos panels got so hot they broke and will have to be replaced (using proper protection, of course.)  Also some of the steel pieces that hold the ceiling up got hot enough to bend.  Please pray that we will find the right material to fix this room up.  The company that made these prefab homes 30 years ago is still in business.  Hopefully they still have materials, or better yet, make materials out of something safer than asbestos!

Most of my (Glenn's) books were damaged one way or another.  A few survived, some suffered water damage, but most were burned on the binding.  A lot burned so bad that they were just a pile of loose pages on the floor (after the shelves broke).  Others, like the ones in the picture are still partly intacted, but the bindings are brittle and they are so dirty I doubt if they can be used.  Several people have mentioned they would like to help replace some books.  I REALLY appreciate this and will try to work on a list of "essential" books (and maybe a few "wants").  I plan to replace some on Kindle since they are so much more portable for the missionary life. I will try to let you know soon, but our big priority is getting the house livable again.

Thank you so much for your prayers!  God is so good, and is helping us adjust and cope.  Also, we want to thank each person and church that has given especially to help us repair.  We deeply appreciate it!  May the Lord bless each one of you!


Africa has some of the most amazing sunsets!  Too bad my camera couldn't capture the full glory!

Heading Home 2

I thought you might like to see a few pictures from our last days in the USA.  It was a special time for our family.

One major event was Kristell's fifth birthday.  She got to celebrate with her cousins Ryleigh, Grant, and Sabrina.
Kristell is looking forward to starting kindergarten soon.
We really enjoyed our time in New York City with Jeff & Shari Stratton.  Thanks, Jeff, for showing us around!

Central Park
It's hard to believe there can be such a beautiful, peaceful spot in this massive city!

We enjoyed the Staten Island Ferry.  I think that's the Verranzo Narrows bridge in the background. 

The Statue of Liberty from the ferry.

The World Trade Center Memorial

The new Freedom Tower

We traveled by subway and foot.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Headed Home

For the last several months whenever Kaitlyn and Kristell are really tired, they usually say, "I just want to go home."  Well, the day has finally come.  Tonight, the Lord willing, we leave for Africa.

We depart JFK airport in New York City at 10:52 tonight.
We have a nine hour layover in Ghana, Africa tomorrow, then two more flights.  Eventually, we will land in Bloemfontein, South Africa on Thursday morning at 9:05.

We would really appreciate your prayer for this long journey!
  • Safety
  • For God's help with check-in, luggage, customs, and immigration.  (Our luggage allowance is definitely maxed out.  Please pray that nothing is overweight!)
  • For the nine hour layover in Ghana--safety, good health, protection against crime and corruption.  Also pray that Kaitlyn and Kristell won't get too bored!!
Finally, pray for us as we readjust to "home" in Lesotho.  There will definitely be some challenges--cleaning up after the fire at our house, re-adapting to culture, and adjusting to some new ministry roles.

Jeremy and Delani Howard have invited us to stay with them until we can get our house back in livable condition.  They live in South Africa just a few miles from the border of Lesotho.  We are really looking forward to being with them!

Thanks to each person who contributed to our successful deputation by praying for us, supporting us financially, hosting us in your homes, letting us share at your churches, and so many other ways!  We are blessed with MANY friends!!

Since our flight isn't until late tonight, we are looking forward to a little sightseeing in New York City today.