The week before Pentecost we had 3 days of training for the elders who bring Gods word in church. Together we studied the Bible about the coming of the Comforter. For the students of the Bible school it was a review of their first topic: how to read and understand your Bible using the different lenses. The older elders really had a hard time when we tried to explain some grammar stuff. Another study object was using the concordance. Again for the older generation that never went to school, the alphabet and its order is like a jig saw puzzle. They have no idea where the pieces fit. It was pure joy for us to see them work and study together in small groups. The elders had decided to plan a three day campaign to celebrate Pentecost together. Every evening (3 in a row) we showed a new movie which had been dubbed in the Wayana language.Last year friends of ours brought a suitcase filled with Duplo cubes from Lego to Apetina. We thought the kids would love to build with these colorful blocks. And indeed they do! Some are standing in our doorway at 10 am, while our house is open for children to come and play between 3 and 6 p.m.
Just recently we experienced that things we don’t even think about, are just working every time. Until they don’t. We were going to wash the laundry one morning: so we put our washing machine in place, filled it with water, put the first batch of laundry in and Marjolein waited for the sound of out small generator… Marco was jacking it, but it didn’t come alive. Marco tried everything, and he knows quit some tricks, but to no avail. So that was the end of our laundry plan for the morning. We were very grateful for the village generator that evening to finish our laundry duty that evening.Last week on Monday morning Marjolein made a wrong move which resulted in a very painful back, also something you don’t think about, because you normally just move around, bending, streching, whatever you like. Until you can’t. We thank God for His healing so Marjolein was able to teach the women in church last Thursday. Marco watched our clock and thought that it should be later in the morning. He was correct, the clock didn’t work properly. He changed the battery but this hadn’t the expected result. The clock still wasn’t ticking.During those experiences you need to choose: are your natural emotions taking the lead in your reactions and you’re angry, frustrated and discouraged? Or do you choose to look up to the sky and expect God in your circumstances and experience peace of heart, joy and creativity?
Here you may watch a small video about the progress of our building team in the past four weeks. Building visitors lodge PT 2
The Sunday after Pentecost we dedicated our neighbor Pasikili (64) and his family to the Lord since they plan to leave Apetina Monday June 17, for a mission trip to 3 Trio villages. They know the Lord is sending them out to teach and preach in Kwamalasamutu, Sipalawini and Alalapalu, one month in each of these villages. They know the Lord wants them to encourage the churches in these villages. They hope to be back after the Bible conference in Palumeu in September. We are blessed to see the Apetina elders send out their workers into the harvest field.