The last few weeks have been busy and tough at times, but so rewarding. We are finally “home” on the island! After our furlough there were many things on the house that needed fixing. I’m so thankful for a hubby who can take a broken pump, no power (our batteries needed replacing), generator servicing, and a myriad of other things all in his stride. Being here has definately been an education in many areas :-).
Now, several weeks later, we are comfortably back to life as we know it on Agutaya. Back to basics! I am so thankful to be able to shower with a light in the bathroom and not a candle anymore, and we are all thankful for the waterpump that gets us water to our taps in the house. Its nearing the end of rainy season and soon we will be back to hauling water from the well 800m from the house. I am so thankful for every drop of water the Lord supplies. We would not be able to be here without Him.
School has started at the le Rouxs! The kids have been doing school for 5 weeks and things are going well. We have had many challenges getting Valerie’s grade 12 books ordered after the Philippines legislation changed saying all children need to attend formal school for grades 11 and 12. To avoid a long lengthy explaination (yes, it really is such a complicated, lengthy story), Ill just say that it looks like we FINALLY have things sorted! As of yesterday the books are finally ordered and, Lord willing, we should have them with us in this month. I am really thankful to the many people who prayed for this, those that helped get things done, and for a friend who kindly offered to pay for the books. The Lord never ceases to amaze me! It’s been 5 months of wondering what to do, and now we see His perfect plan coming into play. Please continue to pray with us for the home-schooling. Although we have the books, they come without accreditation because of the legislation. We also may have challenges for Boeta and Angie in the future when they reach grade 11.
Our previous partner, Claudia, has left the work to get married. We have been praying for some time that the Lord will send us partners if its His will. Recently there have been some developments that we believe would greatly benefit the work on Agutaya and us. While we were building our house here we lived on Cuyo for 18 months. During that time we became good friends with both the pastors of the Baptist church we attended there. We really value their friendship, commitment to truth and servant hearts. One of the pastors visited us recently and we discussed possibly partnering on Agutaya. This will be beneficial as being a Filipino national he is already comfortable with the grammar (so he can learn the language quicker), they will need to do less cultural studies than us, and they are able to join us before we start teaching. Please pray with us as we prepare for this partnership. We feel, after much prayer, that this is the Lords will for us. Please pray for Ps. Ryan and his wife Maritel as they prepare to join us. Above all, please pray for God to be glorified in all this.
What an amazing feeling to stand on the landing strip and see a kilometer of cleared land! The strip is looking great and although its not done, its close to getting finished. We have many challenges with red-tape and change in municipal management so please continue to pray for us.
Language and culture:
Phil is back to full time language study. It has been exciting to see how much he is able to understand in conversations. He is able to communicate almost soley in Agutaynen now! In September Phil will have a language evaluation with our NTM language consultants. Please pray him as he prepares for that, and that it will be a help for him as he proceeds in the language.
Thank you for praying for us! We are often encouraged when we think of all of you holding the ropes for us. We are blessed through you!
Love in Him,
The le Rouxs