One thing leads to another. While cleaning our pantry, Marjolein found a number of stickers with poppie flowers. That is a nice wall decoration, but our green wall could use a facelift. Anneke Kempeneers, who is staying with us during the Corona crisis, went to work. Saturday evening layer 1 was on the wall. To test whether the stickers would work, we put one on our front door. The rest of the project is waiting for our next stay in Lawa. Read why later in this post.
One night we wanted to use the power after the village generator was started, but nothing happened in our house. There was electricity on the other side of the village, so there was something wrong with the village network. Fortunately, we have a small generator ourselves, so we were able to get along. The next day Marco and the grid operator went to investigate. Where was the failure? Eventually they found the hitch in the area where the power line was dug in under the airstrip. The pole on one side had electricity, the pole on our side of the village did not. There had to be a problem in the cable somewhere between the two poles. Fortunately, Marco still had a voltage tester. We left it behind with the grid operator afterwards. After a week, the connection was ‘temporary’ restored. Our empty yoghurt bottles came in handy. They now form the ‘insulation’ to protect the coupling against the heavy rain showers … We wonder if we will find it like this when we return to Lawa.
We’re grateful that Corona has not yet reached the Wajana’s and pray daily for God’s protection for the people here. Since the government declared martial law, many Wajana’s are only now feeling the restrictive measures that were announced almost two months ago. Surinamese and French soldiers patrol the river in order to keep the people in their villages. Huge fines are being issued, so people are becoming more cautious and we are happy about that.
We had a memorable week with a lot of mixed emotions. We will try to summarize it briefly. Marco missed an appointment with the dermatologist because of the Corona measures last March. Now he felt (and Marjolein could see) that the spot on his head was still there. When we called the dermatologist to ask if she was in the clinic again, she insisted that Marco should come immediately. That is why we flew with a medical flight from MAF to Paramaribo last Wednesday. On Thursday, 2 spots on Marco’s head were treated with nitrogen and a birthmark just under his right ear was surgically removed. Next week the stitches have to be removed and we hope that the results of the tissue examination will be that no further operation is needed. Please pray that the result is such that no more tissue needs to be removed. Since no people are allowed to fly into the interior, we don’t know how long we will have to stay in the city. As you may understand this gives us mixed feelings.
In Suriname, there have been no new cases with the Corona virus since March 31. That is also a huge praise to our Lord!
Because of this situation, we celebrate Mother’s Day with one of our children for the first time in years. This is another blessing we enjoy very much. Kind regards, this time from Paramaribo.