Dear friends – Here is an older news letter we send out a while back but I never published it on our blog.
First- apologies for writing in English today. But I just can’t see myself writing twice…and you will see, even though I am surrounded by the “rooinekke” , my tenses and grammar still in not genoeg.
This mail is just to say hi from the rest of the family and to say that we are all doing good. I don’t know how to say in English “spek, vet en gesond”. But it’s something along the line of we are all fat and healthy.
It is Friday afternoon. The kids are playing outside and I am so thankful for a quieter time. I thought that if I must here another “Mom! I am hungry!!!!!!!!!!!!!”, I will faint… So the always very hungry Liam is playing outside with Holden, his village friend, and hopefully Holden’s mom will give the 2 boys some sweet potato to eat. After 3 girls I am shocked to see how much boys can eat…anyway… Since we are now so American, our new school year has started. With a bang. School is busy but going well. You will remember I asked you to pray for some school tests that my kids will have to do…so this took place in June. It was standardized American school tests that all kids of NTM have to do each year. What a relief it was when me and Lourens got the results and saw that our kids did very well. (We would also like to blame a teacher sometimes, but that teacher is US!!!. ) We were so thrilled. All the tears and hard work and research and you all praying paid off. Also, we had a visiting Occupational Therapist here in Papua New Guinea. She is from the UK. She was able to do some evaluations again with Madeleen. Madeleen did really well. In some of the areas she has improved with a few years!!! We were so thankful. Most of you know me and my teaching abilities, they are actually non-existent… and now I have to act as a Educational Psychologist! But, God is able. He gives us wisdom and courage and enable us. Thank you God for your faithfulness… My school motto for this year is that school should be fun too. What a challenge though. Sometimes the only fun for me is when the school clock says 3 o’clock and we are done for the day…Pray for us that we will be faithful, enthusiastic teachers of our kids.
Oh- also in the corner of our school blackboard, is a little block with numbers… these numbers represents the days before our FURLOUGH!!! Yippee!!! We are so excited and it’s kind of taking up most of the conversations in our house…ok, it might sound like it’s going to be soon, but no…it’s still another 7 months or so. But at least we can now speak about months and not years anymore. Lord willing we will be coming to South Africa next March/April. Little Marlou was looking through a book called ‘Picture South Africa’ the other night. Her best picture in the photo book is of a huge wave hitting a rock and making a beautiful white photo! She wanted to know whether this is in Africa (like my kids call ) it and if we will please go and show her this. Ok- this was a easy one to promise. Grandma and grandpa is living next to the ocean… But I am afraid that some of their other ideas and dreams are a little bit unrealistic. Unless there is a McDonalds cook who wants to come and stay with us for the year, oh, and a KFC one and a Spur one… to summarize- we are sooooo excited. Please pray with us that this will all fall into place and that God will provide for our needs. The kids see fun, fun, fun… and dad and mom sees plane tickets, hard work, driving around lots, finding house and car and not knowing how this will all get together. We are looking to God for this, HE KNOWS, and he will lead us, like he did before. We don’t yet know when we will be where, but we will soon try and get a “plan” going. We are looking forward to visiting with you all. It’s going to be so good to catch up. Lourens wants me to remind you all that we still love coffee and steak (and chocolate and….). How good it will be to enjoy this with a FRIEND.
This coming month we will be having some visitors here in the bush from the United Kingdom. A team of 15 people will be visiting us here in the bush for a week, just coming to see what missionary life is like and to be an encouragement for us. Now the big thing is, our airstrip is closed. So these poor people will be hiking in…we gave them a good warning in advance to get fit…but some things you can just not prepare for…also with them, getting hiked in, will be 200kgs of groceries!!! Imagine!!! But our little church’s believers said this is no problem and they will carry it for us. Back and forth, 8 hours, carrying eggs up the mountain and through the river (almost as wide as the Vaalrivier)…I don’t know. These are exciting times. But our believers realize that they have a responsibility of being “nice” to these “white skin” students/kids. Because maybe they will like so much what they experience that they would become missionaries themselves!!! Pray with us for this busy times ahead, that we as a family would be an encouragement to the team, and that they will be safe (and the eggs too).
I have to go and figure out what is for supper, but it was nice talking to you. Little Liam is starting to get to know God better. We love his simple, real faith. He heard that God is always with us/here with us, so he is constantly trying to figure out next to who God is sitting (usually it is next to him). Today he was drawing a picture of a fish and said, “Mom, you see this fish- it is not dad who taught me how to draw this, it is God! And he is right here, helping me to draw this fish.” So dear friends…this is the God whom we serve, he is right here with us, helping us to draw fish and to do everything else too!
From a very thankful Laureti family Marie