Sierra Leone part 5

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – 9:38 pm

I am late getting settled for the night today. After class ended at 5:35, Gregory took us to the internet cafe. I paid a total of 8,000 Leones for 1 hour of internet. The exchange rate for us was 4,200 per US Dollar. $2 for an hour of internet usage? Yeah! The hotel owner came with a car to pick us up when we were done. At that point it was raining heavily. We stuffed into his SUV, and two of us were sitting on people’s laps. It was a memorable adventure.

We arrived late to dinner, and stayed chatting later than usual. Then, we (minus Patty) met in Carey Jo’s room for the “good stuff” — Kit-Kats that Kenyon had purchased at the supermarket. They were large bars. He had gotten a caramel kind and a crunchy kind. The four of us talked for bit before retiring. I filled up my bucket with water in Carey Jo’s bathroom since my shower has not been fixed. I am going to leave my key with Isaac (the manager of maintenance and such) tomorrow so that he can fix it at his convenience during the day. I feel really bad for neglecting to let him know yesterday when I was finished with lunch so that the plumber could fix it. He told me later that the plumber waited five hours for me. Meanwhile, I was enjoying sending updates from the internet cafe. The Lord is teaching me about being kind rather than uneasy. I wish I had learned such lessons earlier. The people here are so gracious and kind. Again, I have a lot to learn from them.

On Tuesday morning, I taught the letter count finalization, Advance Preparations, and electronic letter count sessions. Unfortunately, the electronic letter count did not work properly, so we are contacting our tech guy (aka my brother) to see if he can fix it.

A girl named Mummy (said “Moomee”) introduced herself to me. She works here from 7am to 10pm. I spoke with her a little but want to get to know her better and plan to invite her to the Gathering of Esthers meeting (if Gregory thinks it’s a good idea). Speaking of which…I think I am getting somewhere with my talk preparations. I tried to access a webpage of the commentary on Esther by Spurgeon at the internet cafe but was unable to do so. My decision now is to just see where the Lord takes me in Scripture to expound on the book of Esther. It seems that He wants to teach me what He wants to teach me and not just what He taught Spurgeon before I speak to the girls.

Yesterday after breakfast we brought our laundry down to Susan who arranged for a lady from one of the churches to wash it for us. This evening, Susan notified us that our laundry will be ironed tomorrow. I’m still trying to dry my clothes that I washed by hand yesterday before dinner. Kenyon said that the temperature is 90(ish) but the humidity is at least 75%. Right now I have the fan blowing on the clothes to try to dry them as much as possible. I would prefer to not have them get musty and have to wash them again before wearing them.

Most of my paper items are damp because of the humidity. Now I am wishing I didn’t bring my journal because I’m typing it anyway. It’s faster this way. The two booklets I brought as witnessing tools/tracts to hand out are also damp. Ah! Maybe I should give them to Mummy. I’ll have to think about that.

A frequent question in the last couple of days has been “Do you have water?” (running water in the bathroom) That question is never asked at home. How spoiled we are in the States.

Today the students delved into desktop publishing with Patty. Since the projector wasn’t working, there were four groups gathered around four participants’ laptops. It is exciting to anticipate that more entering of the primers into the computer will be happening on site as we do the primer construction rather than the whole thing having to wait for Patty in Tulsa to type it up. She is doing a great job with her teaching.

I have now seen a grand total of 5 white-skinned people outside of our group here in Bo. A missionary from South Africa at church, a lady who looked like she could be a nurse on a motorbike, and three ladies from Finland at the internet cafe who are here to record stories about health issues and literacy. I feel quite conspicuous wherever we go. And as Carey Jo said, that’s because I am. Kenyon had to adjust the exposure on his camera just because of me when I was sitting between Gregory and Daniel in front of a village dwelling. I look *very* white. I am happy about tanning a bit while everyone at home is probably wearing sweaters all the time now.

It’s time to shut down for the night and try to get sufficient rest for a change. These are long days, and it’s hard to go the whole day without a nap. Today I wanted to take a nap after lunch, but had to go directly back to the classroom since I wouldn’t have had anyone to walk back with otherwise.

Despite all the living challenges, I am loving this time.

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