Hello again from Stephanie! It seems to be my lot right now to write the group email. This is being written in Ladybrand again. Today is Saturday. Mr. Howard has been here this week and that has been very nice.
Last Saturday Glenn had a committee or board meeting in the morning. Then in the afternoon he distributed more orphan packages--this time in Mazenod and Roma. Mr. Howard came in to Johannesburg that day. Uncle Piet and Aunt Hester picked him up. Unfortunately he lost his suitcase. We were all to be together at Uncle Johan's for supper Sunday night. On the way, we went to the Maseru airport to check if his suitcase had arrived (that's where it was to be sent), but it had not. We all had a nice time fellowshipping together. It was good to be with all of the missionaries and especially to see Mr. Howard again. He showed us all some pictures of his trip to Greece and of course pictures of his family, especially the grandchildren!
The suitcase came in Monday afternoon, so we took it into Ladybrand. Mr. Howard took us out for lunch, along with Uncle Piet. On Tuesday, Glenn needed to pick up more things for orphans and some things for the clinic work. He has been overseeing putting up the ceiling in the clinic addition, painting , hanging doors, cutting glass, etc.
Mr. Howard came to Matukeng on Wednesday morning. After lunch, he, Glenn, and Ntate Kali went to HaHlalele to present the school uniforms to the orphans there. I think they were quite excited about their new uniforms. (Each church has chosen three orphans to be helped this year.) That evening Mr. Howard spoke on anger in the Bible study.
We had a nice visit with him on Thursday. Kaitlyn really enjoyed when he read books to her. She is pretty social right now, although she can be shy sometimes. We went into Maseru for a lunch together and then visited more. The men were going to Mazenod for a committee meeting and were sure they would eat there so I stopped the supper preparations. They were right--Ntate Pheko's "boys" (some are orphans) had fixed a nice meal for everyone. Glenn and Mr. Howard both felt the meeting was very profitable. The national committee was encouraged by the fact that Mr. Howard took time to meet them.
After breakfast on Friday, Mr. Howard went back to Ladybrand. I believe he spoke to the school students and then visited more with the Ladybrand missionaries (he was with them on Tuesday also). Glenn worked on putting in a sink at the clinic. He also welded brackets or something like that to hold more solar panels. We were able to get two small solar panels which will double our power thanks to a refund from medical bills. (The lab charged us a big bill twice.) This solar power will mean we will be able to use our computer, printer, etc. with out running out of power all the time like we have had for a long time now.
This weekend was the Bible School. Glenn went last night. Now today we are in Ladybrand. Kaitlyn was supposed to get her chickenpox shot, but instead had an exam because she's had a cough for a while. She's on an antibiotic again since the doctor doesn't want her ending up in the hospital! We're doing our weekly business in town today. At 2 pm there is a school picnic. I think all the students, parents, staff, board members and family will be there. I don't know what the program is. Guess we'll see.
I'm going to wrap this up so we can send email before the picnic. We love you and pray God will bless you especially today!
P.S. The pictures are of Hope Christian Academy in Ladybrand, and of course Kaitlyn