Most of my time this month will be spent preparing to teach during our upcoming stay in the village. It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through our 3-year commitment in Tulwei. I think things with the congregation are progressing quite nicely. I have tentatively scheduled out my teaching plan for the next 18 months, which includes youth Bible class (taught by the local men, but curriculum planned by me), youth group meetings, Sunday night Bible class and Wednesday night Bible class. Topics include NT book-studies, Jule Miller video series, an overview of all 66 books, parables, worship, Calvinism, a tract-based personal evangelism series, and leadership (with a view towards eventually installing elders). I am very excited about all these things. I am also looking forward to the installation of our “notice board” in the village, which you may remember us talking about during our presentation.
Outside of the office, I will be getting things together for our regular shipment of goods to the village, continuing to assist Pierre with his medical needs here in Vila, helping Claude with yard maintenance at the Vila church property, and visiting Efate congregations each Sunday. Being back together with the Christians is such a blessing! Good things have been happening in our absence, which is very encouraging. We are so proud of them and their faithfulness to the Lord.
No matter where we are, Shawnda spends the majority of her time as a homemaker. She is THOROUGHLY enjoying access to a washer and dryer while in Vila. There is actually a local “kindy” (preschool program) at our apartments, and Lexi enjoys going to it each day from 8-11:30am. She has already picked her Bislama back up as a result! Shawnda works on reading with Titus during that time. We are looking to start a more-formal homeschool regimen upon our return to the village. Shawnda is also spending time with the local ladies here on Efate. She studied with a women named Gael a few days ago, and she was baptized as a result (she has been a PIBC student for several years, and attends worship assemblies regularly in Vila). Shawnda, Gael and two other Vila Christians went to Etas village this morning to take part in their regular ladies Bible study. In her “spare time” she’s compiling visuals for NT stories (to add to the OT ones she completed late last year) for Tulwei children’s Bible class.
Titus and Lexi are happy wherever they are - US, Vila, Malekula, etc. They enjoy playing with local children (involved with the kindy or whose parents are employed by the apartments) and visitors from Australia / New Zealand who are staying in the apartment complex. They have done tremendously well in transitioning back to Vanuatu, and are REALLY looking forward to being back in the village.
We were pleased to have Mike stay with us for a couple of nights on his way back home from Tanna. He visited the congregation in south Tanna, and one of the men there (Tom) has taught and baptized two people. That’s what we missionaries call “absolutely incredible!” That couple walks almost 3 hours one way (with a one-year-old son) for worship each Sunday, and have perfect attendance. WOW!
Last but not least, we’ve also enjoyed getting caught up with friends from Australia and New Zealand who live in Vila.
God is good!
|Fiona, Shawnda, Gael and Kathy following Gael's baptism into Christ|
|Ladies' Bible class in Eton Village (photo by Lexi!)|
|Jake, Anna and Jake Jr. walk from Green Point (South Tanna) every first |
day of the week to assemble with the church in Yatekun Village