That describes â€“ but only partly â€“ my Sweetheartâ€¦my gorgeous, vivacious, exotic beauty who absconded to the other side of the planet so she could island hop and gallivant around with three other ladies (Iâ€™ll leave their husbands and friends the privilege of describing them!) But can you tell itâ€™s been 11 days, 17 hours and 38 minute since she left, and another 9 days 6 hours and 47 minutes until sheâ€™ll be back?) (Can you also tell that itâ€™s after 7:00 in the morning and that I have been up the whole night writing and working?)
But I did want to fire off this brief update for those of you who kindly ask, for those of you who faithfully pray. Shelvi, Julie, Tonya, and Jenna have indeed been working hard to get the house ready for the 19 small boys who are now happily living there! The ladies cleaned the whole house and are busy furnishing it â€¦ have been buying school uniforms, shoes, school supplies â€“ and the kids have already had their first day in school! Shelviâ€™s been teaching and praying with them every evening, and is recruiting and training the staff.
â€¢ Julie Nixon starts her journey home to Sydney, Australia on the morning of the 30th.
â€¢ Tonya Whitaker & Jenna Martin leave very early the following morning for the U.S.
(Remember that Sri Lanka time is 10.5 hours ahead of Nashville time (CST), or UTC/GMT +5:30 hours.
â€¢ Jenna has been having some stomach troubles.
â€¢ Shelvi will remain there and minister until the 7th of November with her brother Ravi and his wife Shirley who pastor a church in London.
â€¢ Funds â€“ the house selected by our national workers was not suitable, but Shelvi found a much better one. The rent, however, is $130/month instead the $40 we had budgeted for. Moreover, she had to give the landlord one yearâ€™s advance rent. Costs of furniture, curtains, salaries for staff, etc. are also higher than expected.
Well, me gonna go cook some breakfast for Nathan & Jason. (Naomi lives in Nashville, in case youâ€™re wondering, and by the way, sheâ€™s leaving for Uganda to minister to the poor and downcast on the same day the Shelvi arrives home! Pray for her, and for me and the boys, too!
Love you guys,