Greetings to everyone.
This post will be a very small one as my laptop refuses to operate, and it may be some time before it can be fixed. Colin has a laptop, but he is more often than not using his computer for other important purposes. I do have an iPad, but as yet I haven’t loaded it with all the necessary apps.
This month has gone extremely fast and now we are looking at merely a few weeks before Christmas. Here at the Ark preparations are under way for school exams; end of term activities; the cantata; birthday and Christmas gift wrapping, etc.
It seems strange to us Kiwis, but the primary 7 class has finished their school year already. They completed their PLE’s (primary leaving exams) yesterday, and today they are bored – well a few of them anyway. But hopefully they will pass their exams and move on to secondary school next year.
Two more babies have been welcomed into the Ark family this month (both boys), but as yet I haven’t got photos of them. One was a very underweight 12-14 month old. It never ceases to amaze me how parents can so easily walk away for these beautiful children.
We are also thrilled to tell you that our beautiful Katie (fellow missionary) who got burned earlier this year, has announced that she and Christian are officially dating. We are thrilled – they make a beautiful couple, so we await further development. I feel like singing – ‘Why are we waiting…..’
Our youth Pastor and his wife – Jarred and Stefani – are returning home to the States in early Dec. This will be a great loss to our NACMU family. They have been faithfully serving here for 15 months now, and we love them. The reason they are returning home iiiiiiiiis — Stefani is due to have their first baby at the end of Feb. Woohoo!!! With great excitement they announced their baby’s gender to us and their family back in the States by decorating a large pink and blue box and hoisted it up a nearby tree. The box was filled with balloons and paper streamers of one colour – either pink or blue. They then stood under the box and pulled the string and out tumbled BLUE balloons and streamers. Unfortunately our camera was too slow at picking up the falling contents. It was fun to watch, but even funnier to see what some of the girls did with the balloons. See pictures below.
The ‘Announcement Box’
Jared and Stefani about to reveal the gender
Yippee! Congratulations, it’s a boy!
It’s amazing how quickly balloons can turn into babies
Well – that was the good news. The sad news is that we learned late this afternoon that Jarred has quite a bad dose of malaria. He was having difficulties during the night, and had to call the doctor at about 3am this morning. Fortunately one of the doctors – Tamar – lives just next door. Tamar – a lovely young Dutch lady – has just received her Doctor’s certificate after passing her final exams some months ago.
We couldn’t resist showing you a picture of our little Judith wearing a pretty little party dress which was passed on by our granddaughter Billie.
It’s a real thrill for us to have Judith (and others too) running up to us for a hug when we go over to the children’s home. We look forward to having the same from our own family members when we make our next trip home.
Speaking of which, we might be making a trip home any time between now until early next year. Firstly, because for about 6 weeks now, Colin’s mum Queenie has been looking as if she is fading to her last days on earth. When that will happen is in the Lord’s hands, but we are ready to go when necessary. Secondly, Bev would like to come home for a break in the early part of the year to avoid suffering the hottest time here. So in the meantime we are waiting to see what transpires.
We would like to send a message of encouragement to NACMU retired co-workers, Warwick & Marilyn Dingle. For those who don’t already know, Warwick is going to Wellington hospital on Tuesday 10th Nov. for a triple bypass operation. Our prayers and thoughts are with you both as you trust God to lead you through this valley.
Happy birthday on the 19th to my brother Max, Colin’s brother Bryan sometime in November, and also Shane’s Fiona on 18th November (I think we got the date right!). Max, enjoy your new ‘Gold-Card’. Sorry Bryan you’ll have to wait – just a tad longer…
Just one final note: if any of you know a couple who are looking to rent a small home in Hastings from about mid January on, ours will be available. Please contact us.
Until next time – God bless you all.
Colin & Bev