Wednesday, December 24, 2008

First full day in Serenje

(12-23-08) Today’s my first day at work and in full swing. The photo on the right is the view out our front door...not bad huh? We woke up early and got out to the site. We drive two of the workers to the site every day, so I sat in the back of the truck and rode with them. They are about my age, and they’re pretty shy. After we greeted each other, the first question they asked me was, “so how is America?” They were both very eager to here my answer.

It rains a lot because we’re in the rainy season, but it usually comes and goes quickly and then it gets hot again fast. That wasn’t the case today though, all morning it was drizzly outside, so construction was slow. I got to meet a lot more of the guys we’ve hired…I’m still working on their names.

Zack will normally have tasks for me to do, or I’ll be elsewhere for ministry purposes, but today was a free day for me to familiarize myself with the site and the people. I went ahead and helped out by joining them in doing some work. Not only do I enjoy doing some manual labor, but I wanted them to know that I’m not just a person who’s above them, I’m a peer too. Zack sent everyone to lunch an hour early because of the rain (which is a pretty big deal for them), and then thankfully it cleared up so we could get a lot done in the afternoon.

I drove for the first time today. Not only is it a stick shift (which I have little experience with), but I’m on the right side of the car and the left side of the road…not to mention people are always walking in the streets. It actually wasn’t horribly bad, but I did feel 14 again.

I was lucky enough to spend most of the afternoon with Novice, who I discovered really is like the Apostle Paul. He has many high expectations for me as we partner together in ministry. The minute we started talking he began listing possibilities that I should consider and pray about, and he kept voicing his gratefulness that I was here. I got to know him a little more as we ran some errands together, and at the end of the day he had already planned our first ministry experience together. Tomorrow we are feeding all the workers lunch for Christmas, so Novice asked me to share my testimony at lunch and then he is going to preach. I can’t wait to see how it goes!

1 comment:

  1. it sounds like everything is going good so far!! i got on to check your blog today (12-24-08) expecting to see 1 update but was greeted with 3!!! i'm sure there's so much you wanna tell us, and it looks like you're really getting into the thick of it quickly!! it looks like it was a good thing you picked those brown boots up, because i noticed one of the guys in your picture was wearing similar boots! well i hope all well, we'll be thinking about you tomorrow (christmas day) and we'll be praying for you. it'll be different not seeing you christmas day. Have a great christmas Jack, we miss you, and keep it up!! ttul!!!