When you live in the jungle, far off the last paved road, traveling is a challenge! Especially during the rainy season when roads can turn into something like a monster trucks challenge course. Needless to say that we are very glad that other mission organizations with airplanes and helicopters are in Liberia and are helping us out. Whereas without them, we would have been or will get stuck. (Either in the village, the mud, or out in town, not able to go back.)
Their small plane, called a Caravan, can land on an airstrip close to our area. From there we can use a motorbike taxi to make it the rest of the way to our village. Without them, right now would be one of those times we would be stuck as rainy season has started early and heavy this year.
We just came back from Senegal, where we attended a literacy workshop. With the guidance of some excellent consultants, the help of some Glarro friends, and a newly developed computer program, we were able to get the biggest part of the teaching material done. We will fly back to our area soon and Amy will continue to work on the remaining parts. Our hopes are, that we can start the first literacy course for illiterates early next year. We are getting excited about the potential impact that a Glarro Bible and literate people may have on the whole community there.
Aaron, on the other hand, who is a little ways behind Amy’s language abilities will continue to focus on his Glarro studies for now.
By the way, we recently invested a small sum in a “high risk investment,” which is also a community development project. To make it short – we bought a couple of cows and brought them to our village. The idea is that they would reproduce and possibly help the villagers in the future with community projects, for example to pay the salary for a much needed additional school teacher or to pay for the printing of literacy materials, or Bibles. Next time we are out in the city where there is internet available, we will post some pictures of our investment. 🙂 So, come back and check our website again in December or so.