We just found out that there was another earthquake off the southern coast of our island, which resulted in a tsunami. Some of you may have heard about it before we did, so we wanted to let you know that we are fine. This earthquake was farther from us than the one that hit a couple months ago, so we didn’t feel it or know about it until we got an e-mail letting us know it had happened. Thanks for your continued prayers for our safety. I think that we humans are quick to complain about troubles in our lives but not so quick to give thanks when bad things DON’T happen to us. We have been spared once again from having to experience the direct affects of a natural disaster, and we are thankful.
Last time I wrote I didn’t tell you too much about our trip to another island and back, so I thought I’d just highlight a few points of interest for you.
Things I learned on my summer break:
1) Humor is everywhere; you just have to look for it. And if you don’t know where to start, try the English translations of safety instructions on airplanes. My sister-in-law pointed this one out: “Live vest under your seat.” (Some of you may need to read that twice.)
2) We’ll never have to worry about running out of a job in our line of work. As we made the 5-hour boat trip up the river to DJ’s parents’ house, we passed people, villages, and language groups who have never heard the Gospel. I wonder how much longer they will be passed by before they get a chance to hear and understand.
3) “One if by land, two if by sea.” Air travel wasn’t an option in Paul Revere’s time, and it wasn’t an option for us when we headed back out from the interior to the coast either. There’s only one airplane that makes flights in to the town we were leaving from. We found out the day before we were supposed to go out that all flights were cancelled for at least a week. So we went out by bus. We finished that trip several pounds of road dust heavier and 17 1/2 hours older than when we started, but we were thankful to make it out safely and get back home in time to start language classes again.