Christmas is coming!
We have been busy praying for rain the last 2 weeks. We had a very unusually hot November and no rain. No one was able to plow or plant at all! On the 27th of November we had 24 hours of prayer with people from church and the hospital signing up to pray for 15 minutes to cover the whole 24 hours—that is 96 people! Juliasdale congregation where Gladys goes to church joined us. We received our first big rain on the 26th and it rained more on the 27th. This week we had rain from Monday evening through Sat—at least a little bit each day. People are busy plowing in their fields and planting now. They are happy not so depressed now that it looks like the rainy season has finally arrived. Keep praying it will be a good season so that people will have enough to eat.
We received some wonderful news this week that our application to Beit Trust—a UK based organization was successful in getting $20,000 for the construction of a new borehole. Our UK trust is kicking in another $8,000 so we hope to start on it immediately! We are so thankful to Mike Withers of our UK trust who God used to sit next to the right person at dinner back in March who told him to apply for this grant! God is good!
We also had installed a battery backup system for the hospital and my house the end of November. Although it still has a few kinks we are thankful to Friends of Chidamoyo and Floret Khosa who provided funding for this project. It is making a big difference in our lives. We have had many hours without electricity due to the rains starting and blowing power poles over. We wonder if it is possible to have rain and electricity at the same time and we are not sure of that answer yet!
Jordan Smetzer left on the 28th of November after 5 months with us. She helped with many projects at the hospital and we are thankful for her work with us and wish her well as she starts college at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon in January.
The Christmas decorations are up—it took several days this year to get them all up but they are up and the lights are shining! We have many activities planned for the Christmas season starting on 18-December.