30 August 2012

How many ways can you say it?

After 1 and 1/2 weeks of nearly frantic activity,
first trying to protect the Sahel campus
and then trying to rescue what we could off the campus...

After being told by the local health department that it was not safe
for us to continue bringing school materials and supplies out of those flooded buildings
and reaching the compromise of rubber boots and gloves...

After hours and hours of loading and unloading,
sorting and rearranging,
searching and searching...

Many in our Sahel community are exhausted.

washed up

totally beat

tuckered out



worn down



played out






totally consumed

used up



run through the wringer

wiped out




played out


Moving an entire school and several homes, etc. into storage,

finding a new place to have school,

fixing that place up,

moving the school necessaries into the new buiding,

revising lesson plans to incorporate 4 weeks of missed classes...

We're well into the first two on that list... the rest still remain...

...and our goal is to be ready to start school in 2.5 weeks.

Please pray for perserverance,
for strength,
for good health,
for kind, gentle and gracious words and attitudes,
and for an amazing awareness of God's with us presence!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Romans 12:1

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run,
but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.
Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things.
They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim;
I box in such a way, as not beating the air;
but I discipline my body and make it my slave,
so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27


  1. sorry to hear of all you've been through. heartbreaking! but the pictures are absolutely adorable, so there's that! :)

  2. It was our doctors taking care of us not the local health dept. that shut us down for a day of much needed rest! We were so productive yesterday and today! So encouraged by the new thing that God is doing!

    1. understood that SIM decided to not work tomorrow... but I was told by several that it was local authorities that stopped work earlier in the week until they agreed a limited # of folks could continue to go onto campus with rubber boots and gloves... have i misunderstood?


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