We enjoyed the family day long weekend as it was supposed to be by taking some family time. We travelled to Ouagadougou the capital city of Burkina Faso, where Dave participated in a baseball tournament and the rest of us enjoyed cheering him on (and eating strawberries that are larger and more abundant there). Dave's team didn't win but we had some fun anyway.
It is amazing to see God's hand at work even in our "down time". While we were crossing the border we ran into some trouble with our battery, but the soldiers that had been recording our information where kind enough to find us some help with a push start. We were so grateful that we made it to the guest house where we were staying without a problem, in fact Ben was even able to enjoy dinner at one of his favourite restaurants for his birthday. God provided the help that we needed at least two other times over the course of that weekend and we are truly grateful.
Unfortunately, it is easy to loose sight of the good things that God is doing in times of difficulty and I fell prey to that last Wednesday. It started when the battery on my computer died and I realized that the person who had packed up my computer in Ouaga had neglected to pack the cord. Dave tried to find an alternate that would work (but that hasn't panned out). I didn't see much hope for my computer that had all my students grades on it. Then later that evening on the way home from the boys' bible study, Dave and the boys where side swiped in the car. Luckily no one was hurt and the car even succeeded in making is a couple blocks closer to home before the tire blew and they had to call me to come help (the spare had a hole from the week before and Dave had no money on him). Now every time I open the passenger door I hear an awful crunching sound and I am grateful that it wasn't one of my kids that was crunched (and I am thankful for God's protection). But it is also a frustrating reminder of the guy who hit them and didn't bother to stick around and find out if they were ok. We appreciate your continued prayers for our safety on the roads. There is the possibility of my cord being sent to us on a bus, we know this happens all the time but there are no guarantees with the process and packages sent that way are easily lost.
On another note, we were able to sit down with the architect today and talk about the building process. He seemed to think that we might be able to move into the building by June or July (if we weren't worried about things like tiles, paint, interior doors, cupboards, etc. The one thing that concerns me a little was that he has discovered that the transformer in our neighbourhood is maxed out and so they won't connect another building to it. Our options are to pay for a new transformer and hope that they can get one in the near future (which is an expensive option) or to find an alternate source of power (pricey and also with no guarantees of success). Please pray with us that God will provide this need as well as for the finances to finish the building.