Happy Belated Easter — Unless you celebrate Easter Monday, and if that’s the case, Happy Easter!
Easter here is one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year apart from New Years and Carnival. Most of our neighbors and about 15 of their closest friends were out for the weekend. We spent a good part of the weekend just visiting with them. The other part of the weekend was spent crashed on our bed being sickies and watching season 1 of 24. Troy & Tara — we get it now, we understand the addiction. In three days we managed to watch 13 episodes!
Yesterday we had breakfast with Dennis & Nancy – the people that bought our boat – and a bunch of people that they work with at the US Embassy and USAID. We met some great people and had a nice visit with them. It felt very normal going for breakfast with friends. I wish we could do that more often. Yesterday afternoon I headed back to Montrouis to a Missionary Meeting Potluck. I enjoyed visiting with everyone and the Bible Study that Gary led. We talked about the new covenant that started with Jesus death on the cross. It was good to be reminded of the importance of that moment from a different perspective. On the way home I passed three Rah-Rah’s — big groups of people that wear bright clothes and play all sorts of instruments while marching and dancing through the streets. Here there aren’t that many side streets so they do thier thing down the National Highway. I wish I was able to get some pictures of them but I was driving and that’s an adventure all in itself. When I arrived home Yonese was busy at work getting the first meal ready for the students that had arrived earlier in the day.
Hosting a training week is hard in a lot of ways. We’re up early and going before 6 am, teaching by 7 am. We teach all morning, about 5 hours worth, then the students go and do practical work with Jean and the other staff in the production area. We have people in our house from 6 am until around 7-8 pm preparing meals and cleaning up after themselves. We have people living on our property and enjoying our yard and beach – people that often have a very different perspective on space and privacy. We don’t get much down time during the week and it can start to wear on us. The natural response is that we get cranky and short with each other. Throw being sick into that mix and you can imagine possible outcomes for the week. If you think about us, please pray that we’ll both be feeling better and that we’ll have a really enjoyable week with the students where we feel like we’re accomplishing something. I am looking forward to the fact that we have two Americans in the class this time. It should give the class a different edge than I’ve seen in the last year and it’ll be nice to visit with them and get to know them a bit.
That’s the update. On top of doing the class this week I need to get last months accounting done and send out email updates so people don’t forget we’re here :)