I had so much to do on our last day in Vila that I ended up renting a truck for the day. I needed to make some last-minute purchases just outside of town, get our 21 pieces of cargo to Claude’s house, take the last of our “Vila stuff” to John and Cathy’s (who graciously let us use their laundry room as our storage facility), and have one last lunch date with Shawnda. A bonus was the fact that the rental car company has a key-drop at the airport, so we could drive ourselves instead of having to rely on a taxi or bus to get us to the airport on time. Thus, it was definitely worth the added expense, and we just might end up planning to do that before every trip to the island (though I have vowed to never again wait until the last week to send our shipment!).
Our travel to Malekula was uneventful. We got to the airport and checked in with no problem and had a smooth flight (though my air conditioning vent wasn’t working and thus my air-sickness acted up a bit because of the heat). We found a truck right away that took us into Lakatoro. We ate lunch, bought meat, sugar and flour, and found a truck to take us back to the village.
We received a warm welcome in the village. With all the confusion regarding the ship, some assumed we had delayed our trip, and were thus surprised to see us. It was wonderful to see everyone again after being away for almost 5 months. Perhaps the most encouraging thing was being together with the church on Sunday morning. The children’s and youth Bible classes seem to be going very well, and I was very impressed with the memorization work all the kids have accomplished in our absence. The locals are really stepping up and taking on responsibility, which is refreshing!
We have some exciting things upcoming, and request your prayers as we continue to work here in Malekula.
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