Saturday, September 27, 2014

Replacing My Library

Mr. Grant (director of Hope International Missions) brought a suitcase with some books to begin replacing my library.  Thank you SO MUCH to each person who has given to make this possible, and especially to Robert Booth and Benjamin McDowell who are coordinating this project!  If you would like to get involved, you can learn more by going to this link.

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.