Step #3: Puerto. During our time in Puerto, we have needed to do some maintenance on our vehicle and have needed to shop for everything because our kitchen cabinets in the village are empty. This is a massive order that includes everything from “A to Z”: “AA” Batteries, Baking Powder, Cream of Chicken soup, Dish soap . . . Mayonnaise, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Pasta . . . Yeast, and Ziplock bags.
On top of this, Lord willing, we will be hosting Sports Bible Camp next month. We have already purchased 82 shirts, 100 Tagalog devotionals for prizes, balls, and 2 “Most Valuable Player” trophies.
Step #4: Another trip to the village. During Stephen’s first visit to the village, we noticed that thousands of termites have moved into our house in our absence. Stephen already evicted a few of them, but much still needs to be done to evict the majority. Another trip to the village took place this past weekend. Stephen and Jonathan took a trip to the village to take most of our purchased supplies up.
Also, Stephen needed to see if the electric water pump still works. During the first visit to the village, Stephen started the water pump, but within a few seconds he blew a fuse in the house. He thought this was due to a faulty cord. Stephen was also concerned that the pump itself was damaged. He purchased a new cord in Puerto and during this second trip tried the pump again. Unfortunately, the fuse in the house blew again. Stephen found our “village mechanic” and he thinks the pump just needs to be cleaned from the ants that made the pump their home in our absence. So, at this time, the village mechanic is taking our pump apart and trying to clean it. We are hoping to hear if the pump works or not.
Step #5: Move back to the village. Lord willing, we will very soon move back to the village. Please pray for our family as we will hit the ground running. Many repairs will need to take place to the house (evicting termites and fixing their damage), along with possibly not having running water.
Within three days of moving into the village, we will need to start our second semester of homeschooling which will be an adjustment since we were on an extended break due to our itinerant living. We will also shortly be hosting Sports Bible Camp and then kicking off Youth Group and Kid’s Bible Club.
We greatly appreciate your prayers as we make these final steps. Thank you.