Filed Under (General) by Rob on 29-11-2006

With a couple of weeks until the end of term, we’re up to our eyes with report-writing and rehearsing for Christmas performances.

We break up on 15th December, which is also the day our friend Clive Rahn arrives.  Before then, we have all our reports to write, then Rob is organizing ‘Secret Santa’ at school again and will also be dressing up in a red and white costume on the last day of term to give out presents to the children (sshhhh!!)

Last week, Rob used his groovy new cassette duplicator to make 400 copies for the Nawdm project in northern Togo (see earlier post).  The machine is fast (copies four 90 minute cassettes in under 5 minutes.  Nevertheless, that’s a lot of time spent pressing buttons, unwrapping cassettes, labelling them, punching out tabs etc!  The tapes have now been sent up to Kara for SIL and the church, so pray they have an impact!  Here I am doing some recording:


(nice shirt!  Must add that to the gallery!)

Other news…

Madelaine has had a wheezy chest and cough almost since we got back in August.  She’s on various medicines now to try and ease the problem.  She’s doing well with her violin now, and is learning to play the lovely ‘St Anthony’s Chorale’ (you know: dum dee dum dum dee dum, dum dum, dum dee dee dee dee dee dee dum…)
Ruth is narrator in her school nativity play, then quickly changes into an angel later on!  She’s on ‘Key Club Book 2’ now for piano.

Micah goes round to lots of friends houses after school.  One friend in his class has a pet  monkey, two grey parrots and 2 chameleons.  We played with one chameleon, and it’s fascinating to see it change colour.  Also, watching the eyes swivel independantly is quite astounding!

Lois is busy as ever at school, but doing a fab job.  Her Christmas play and Rob’s will both take place on the same evening, one after the other.  We have an excellent Korean dance teacher at school this year, who is doing some great movements to go with the music!

Rob preached in Ouidah last Sunday.  Although the seat of Voodoo, there are nevertheless Christian churches there.  This was a smallish church with two concrete walls, one bamboo-type wall and then a nice curtain at the back.  It was interesting to hear in the notices that this church will be doing a ‘Week of Prayer and Fasting’ at the end of 2006, to thank God for the year.  And… the dates of this fast: 25 December- 31st December.  Wow!  I know Christmas isn’t such a big deal hear, but that’s still pretty amazing (how many of us would be willing to fast on Chrismas Day and for the week following it???)  As usual, I’m invited into the Pastor’s house for fizzy drinks afterwards.  They also give me a bunch of bananas to bring back – nice gesture!
That’s all folks!

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