Friday, February 23, 2007

Group Email and Lesotho Update

Dear Friends and Family,
This is Stephanie writing this time.  It looks like it's been a while since you've heard from us.
We've had very hot, humid weather this week.  Some wind and lots of dust and here and there some "fly spit" rain (literal translation from Sesotho).  I am writing this in Ladybrand, and it is pouring rain right now with lots of thunder.  I don't know how long it will last or if it will do anything for the Free State and Lesotho.  We desperately need rain.  It is very dry.
The elections last Saturday went very quietly.  The LCD party, which has been in power for years, won again and by a large margin.  The new party and its followers are not happy.  They feel that the election results should have been much closer and they should have had more seats in Parliament than they had the last time.  The losing candidate believes that since the winning party won with such a large margin that the election must have been  "fixed" and he has taken it to court. 
Glenn's keeping very busy with projects at the clinic.  For those of you who were praying for the inspection there, the inspection has been canceled now that the elections have taken been place.  Africa is always interesting!  The counseling room is completely finished now.  The next step is to receive testing kits and other materials to test for HIV/AIDs and do counseling.  Glenn is currently working on a brick incinerator.  It is somewhat complex, but he is overseeing it, and Ntate Mokoena is doing a good job.  He has also had 3 meetings in the last 2 weeks and has another one tomorrow morning.
Kaitlyn had a cold/sore throat/ear infection the last 2 weeks, but she's feeling pretty well the last 2 or 3 days.  She always keeps me busy.  Books and the outdoors are some of her favorite things right now.  She always wants us to read to her, and she talks all the time about the things in the books and everything else in her life.
Last Friday the Geise's came out to visit us for the first time.  Philip came too.  We had really a nice time together even though we had to find space for everyone, as all of you who have visited us would understand!
I don't think I've done that much that merits writing about.  It seems like I'm at home most of the time lately.  Do pray for me as I would like to do something with children's ministry again although I have not felt any clear leading yet.
This is a short email, I guess, but I think it covers most of the news.  We are going to Uncle Piet's tonight for our first team meeting.  I think one of the main things on the agenda is to tentatively set all of our furlough dates--to know when we can see you again!
I think Glenn was planning to post this and some more pictures on the blog, but it is still storming and pouring rain so I'm not sure he will want to be on line for a long time.  We are still hoping for high speed internet sometime in the future!  If you don't see this on the blog, then you'll know that's why there's nothing new there.
Thank you for all your prayers, emails, and love.  We are so privileged to have such a wonderful support team behind us.  May God bless you in a special way today!

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