Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday, October 29

Just a quick note to say that I sent a bunch of photos and notes to Kim to put on the blog so check that out if you want. All is well - keeping busy. We checked on the progress the school/community are making on the building for the grinding mill. They are doing alright but we will hold off ordering the mill for a few more days.

Yesterday we had a visit from Pastor Mhike from Muzarabani (up north). He is the one who originally came with Seka and wanted to be taught the gospel after we had given them Book of Mormons. Seka quit his church and moved here but Pastor Mhike hasn't done that yet. He had some questions though and did say that he is having a hard time because he is teaching his congregation things that he now knows are not right. He says he knows that the LDS church is true. He wants to get things to a point that he can move to a place where our church is and find some sort of employment. He needs some land as well so that he can produce food for his family. He is missing Seka as they used to be able to have discussions about what they were reading and he says that Seka is better at understanding than he is. Good man!

We are giving another discussion to Seka after his work today and Bishop Spencer will join us for the discussion. That will be great.

We loaned Seka one of our 'wind-up' flashlights (with a radio) and he thinks that is pretty neat technology. He was trying to study by candlelight so the flashlight will help a little. Also he was feeling a little lonely and too quiet where he is so the radio will keep him company. That is the flashlight that we got at our Christmas time gift exchange when we had our get-together with sisters & husbands and Rob and Wendy.

This weekend we head to Mutare to help train at their district conference and then attend Sunday meetings at one of the branches. We will stay at Holiday Inn - pretty good place!

On Nov. 21st, the 3 couples here, are going to Masvingo to the Ruins on the Great Zimbabwe. Jim and I have been once but it will be good to go again. It is our weekend to go down anyway and we can show the other couples the area. The Ruins are something that they need to be sure and see while in Zimbabwe. We will stay over at the Inn on the Great Zimbabwe and they will like that. It will be fun to get away. We couples seldom take P-days so we have to plan ahead when we want to get one.

Jim is taking a little nap on the office floor at the moment. I guess he is a little tired. I need to quickly do my October financial report for SA so I can send it tomorrow. We didn't spend much money this month so it won't take long. When we get some projects going we will be spending a LOT more.

Kowoyo Clinic (Juru) old borehole pump and tank.
This is a clinic where we hope to replace their transformer (it was stolen) and get their borehole up and working again.

Well they are having dug -- now down about 20 meters - still no water.

Surface of hand-dug well.

Kowoyo Clinic.

Sink and tap in clinic, but NO WATER.

Fridge is run by gas.

This baby was crying - the kind of cry that said I am sick!

Birthing room - when it is an emergency and there is no time to send them 60 km to next facility.

Sign on wall by vaccines -- they have had power failure since January!!

Maturi Dehwe School - We hope to fix the borehole here for them. The cost will be about $1,000.

Kids by the truck window.

5 second later by the truck window!!!

Another 5 seconds and I have a crowd wanting their picture taken.

Bruce (our borehole guy) and Elder Bullock juggling for the kids

Notice the albino girl. We see a few of them but a lot more guys than girls.

I am never going into our backyard again at night -- at least not without shoes on!!! Elder Bullock saw these when he went out to turn off the generator.

Big spider in back yard.

Toad in backyard at night.

Slug in backyard. YUCK!

Kids at Kadyamadare School practising for a 'traditional' dance competition.

The drummers for the dancers.

Fixing and securing building for grinding mill.

Reimer clinic community stats

Love to everyone, Elder and Sister Bullock

1 comment:

  1. I love reading your posts! It's all so VERY interesting to me.

    I can NOT imagine having power failures THAT long. We are so blessed here aren't we. I am counting my many blessings today. With or without Dean's job loss.