A little over a week ago, Stephen made his third trip into the village. This time, the whole family joined him as we officially moved back into the village. Upon entry into our home, we saw a large “Welcome” sign, created and colored by our partners. For the next few days, our goal was to make our house into a home once again by finding everything that had been packed away in totes/barrels and putting them in their proper places.
While this was taking place in the house, Stephen was trying to give a family of rats (one being 12” long from nose to tail) and two large lizards their eviction notices from our tool/bike shed. After a week, all were removed, along with 8 months of “droppings” throughout the shed.
Not only did we need to make our house into a home again, but we also needed to get the schoolroom ready for the first day of school (scheduled for five days after our arrival). This included expanding the schoolroom into Stephen’s former office, relegating Stephen to create a “new” office for himself in our bedroom. Like most missionaries, our small home functions as a house for the family, school for the kids, and an office for the missionary.
Of course, we didn’t move back into the village because of a house. We moved back to continue sharing God’s Good News with the Agutaynens, and to encourage and strengthen the believers. This past Sunday we enjoyed fellowship with the believers as an Agutaynen believer shared from God’s Word. And the past few days, we have enjoyed walking around the village and seeing our Agutaynen friends once again.
Please pray for us as we continue to get into a routine (of school and work) and hopefully touch the lives of the Agutaynens with God’s love for them.