Sunday evening we supported the local team. Our own Nakaale footballers fought a pitched battle against the team from Nakasen. Our side even featured the stylings of the mission’s very own Jesse VanGorkom. Despite their best efforts, the evening ended in a stunning defeat 2–1, made more inexplicable by the fact that the referee is a resident of Nakaale. Perhaps it was a divine judgement for playing on Sunday. Perhaps the team suffered from insufficient support from the fans. Whatever the case, the game goes on and we will have another chance for victory.

Perhaps you look forward to Thanksgiving turkey or fresh-grilled corn-on-the-cob during summer. We look forward to Lomaruk, the time of mushrooms. In July, wild mushrooms grow on and around Mount Kadaam and if you don’t know where to find them yourself (as I do not), for about ten cents (you have to pay in shillings, of course) you can have one of these beauties for your supper.

As it happens, our good friends Susan and Moses (the lab tech at the clinic) had us to lunch on Sunday together with the Tricaricos and two of the single men on the mission. As usual, they play much more gracious and generous hosts than Chloe and I. Lunch consisted of Posho and Susan’s special rice and Chapati along with avocado, local mushrooms, and dried, basted duck(!). As always, the food was overwhelming and the company was wonderful. How blessed we are to have these two and their daughter as friends.

We are hard at work replacing the roof on the Okkens’ house as well as putting in a new kitchen and new cabinetry throughout the house. The original wooden roof structure as well as most of the cabinetry had been destroyed by termites, so we are rebuilding with concrete and steel. This photo is the last moment before the mubati (corrogated tin) goes on the outside of the roof and we begin framing and plastering the inside of the main room of the house.

We’ve written before about Anyakun’s refusal to cast in his lot with witch doctors. His reply when they’ve come around saying he has to give them a goat to take curses off of his children is that he’s a Christian now and has rejected those practices. His four children have been baptized at our church and he is a faithful attender, always bringing his Bible in its plastic sleeve. (more…)

Lokeris, 17 (or so), is the only professing Christian in his family. As sunny as they come, he wears a bright fuchsia ski jacket to work on cold days. He is a slasher for the Mission and is leading some of the educational outreaches for our new school program, KEO.  (more…)

The construction site of the new clinic as it currently stands. We’ve spent the last couple of weeks jackhammering out the cracked floors in preparation to pour new, uncracked floors. We’ve also been digging footings for the half-walls flanking the walkways and supporting the roof structure. With all of the rain we’ve been having, it’s basically like trenching through modeling clay. We’re hoping for a few dry days so that we can bail the trenches out (the water is seeping right back into the trenches after the rain) and pour the footings in the coming weeks.

We are finally reopening construction on the new clinic and that means buying a lot of raw material for making concrete. We are able to buy sand shoveled from our local river, and we buy aggregate from several of our neighboring villages, who take large rocks and break them by hand (ok, with hammers) into small rocks. This industry allows us to do construction work and provides employment for many who would otherwise have no way to make a living—the aged, the crippled, even the blind (they are professionals; don’t try swinging a hammer at a stone you are steadying with your hand with your eyes closed at home). The community is very happy to get money for their work and the purchasing process allows me to practice counting in Ngakarimojong since we measure the stones out by basin.

In this classic family photo, we have Kokoi Cosmas, his wife Anna, and his children Sagal David and Asio Sharon. Cosmas has been a worker on the mission and a church member for many years. He was encouraged to attend our church by his uncle, a previous translator for our pastors. Pray that he would be a faithful and loving husband to Anna, pray that he would encourage and lead his family in worship. Pray that he would raise his children to love Christ. Pray that his faith would not fail.