Alone Again!

Written by: The Bridge on Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Once again, Brian and I are alone in this big ol’ house, this time unexpectedly and suddenly!Eddie Vetter from Cascade was feeling quite ill the last few weeks, and upon tests with doctors in Uyo, they decided he had better leave the country to get adequate treatment.The doctors met and consulted together, and felt that it would be wisest for Eddie Vetter to go to the nearest first world hospital; they were not quite up to the seemingly complicated surgery they felt Eddie needed.Now he is home in Canada, having been in London to hospitals where, as far as I know, the doctors didn’t take his case seriously enough.So, Eddie and Anna, though we miss you a lot, we hope and pray it is all for the good that you find yourselves home so fast.
Again, Brian and I have to adjust, which I think we worked on all last week.Not much got done by either of us. Brian mostly ran around and mentally analyzed projects which he figured he could work on, and I did the ever present patching of clothes in the sewing room, and checked up on the barn. Ed and Judy from Crystal Spring left just a week before Ed and Anna’s unexpected departure, so we were in the middle of readjusting as it was.And so now we are wondering daily, “what will happen. Will they send someone to help us manage here, or what?”We don’t know.Some experienced white people here would really make our day :D.It’s a strange situation to be in, two young people here in Palmgrove by themselves; I don’t think that has happened before!But it sure wasn’t planned that way.Brian would really love someone to aid him with the daily tasks of answering questions and demands… but we tell each other that whatever the church will decide, that will be good enough for us.We have the Bible to lean on, and a person surely has all the help he could ever need right there, eh?Well, being young and human, we still feel having more white people here would be nice…. (hint hint)!?
As we speak, so to speak, the puem are making tiles. Sure they had to take an extra trip to town to buy a few bags of cement, but at least there is some progress showing now.They are making only enough to cover a small roof over at the water house.The roof is to cover a big plastic tank.Making the tiles is another step toward the completion of the water house. This stack of tiles took them 2 hours to make. In addition, they are making rafters for this roof.
Another job on the go now is the buying of a few truckloads of sand to fill in a big hole right beside and underneath one of the houses here in Palmgrove.When Brian saw this big hole caused by erosion, he urged them to do whatever it took to fill it, because otherwise the house would soon fall right over.Brian knew that if he didn’t get on their case and nag until it got done, that is exactly what would happen. The people here don’t let a little something like that bother them.Even those living in the house are quite content to live like that, despite the danger of their waking one morning to find the bedroom wall crumbling.It’s a different world here.Now they have one load of sand already, they dump it in front of the house, then haul it around the back with wheelbarrows.At first I was like, “what?Buy sand??” But there are tons of sand around!” But apparently the sand here is no good for that because it would keep sinking and sinking.You have to buy sand that comes from a place like under water or in a hill, sand that is packed already.Somehow, I think this project will take a while yet.
>Oh, good news!! Palmgrove is one member richer!Ita Glory had a baby boy last Sunday.The mother is quite proud, and both she and the boy, Joshua, are healthy.I told her I have a brother named Joshua too.Being a boy, he will be circumcised after a week or so.Another thing they do around here is cutting tongues… When Brian and I first heard that we just looked at each other.Apparently, if they didn’t cut every baby’s tongue, it wouldn’t be able to speak properly when it grew up.The nurse just makes a tiny incision in the flap right underneath the tongue.When you lift your tongue, you will be able to see this flap or feel it with your finger.We got a few of the young people to show us theirs, but as far as we could tell, it looks the same as ours.
And so, like our people in communities at home, we continue to run the race, just on a different continent.Sometimes home seems light years away; other times it feels just like home the way we do things.I guess we are getting used to the way things are done here. We can for sure say we are more comfortable than two months ago.The other day I told Brian we haven’t even been here for 3 months!! It seems much longer already.In another two weeks we will be celebrating our 3rd month anniversary…. so to speak :P.When I talked to my daddy on the phone yesterday, he says he’s chomping at the bit to go seeding… Well, here planting season is over.The cassava, yam, pumpkin leaf, pineapple, and beans are all in the ground and now waiting for the rain.The rainy season isn’t here yet. I think it rains every day in the months of July and August.The days are still hot, sometimes cloudy, but we haven’t had rain in a while.I’ve been wanting rain because I pushed some green bean and cucumber seeds into the ground in my garden a few days ago; now the seeds are just sitting there in the heat.I figure if I watered them they might come up and whither in the sweltering heat.As you can see, I’m not the world’s best gardener.In fact, at home I keep telling my friends that I’ll have to go pot a dandelion and put it in my room, because I think it would be the only thing that would grow!Everything I try growing at home dies eventually.So this garden of mine here doesn’t know the peril it’s in!The corn Anna and I planted are growing fast, sure, but I think too fast.I think we shouldn’t have used seeds from Canada because they are only 2 or 3 feet high and are getting heads… no tassels yet, but far as I know corn shouldn’t get heads yet!Should they?? I keep telling Brian I’ll have to call his mom for advice.
So don’t forget about us here in this distant land; we need your prayers daily.We will try to have “joy in the journey” here!On Friday we were in Abak in an internet café, and we almost managed to stay on the net for a whole hour!! before it shut down on us.I loved reading the comments, but I got through only half of them.We plan to go to Uyo today. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish them.Thanks so much for your enthusiastic participation in The Bridge!!
(“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye…”Psalm 32:8)

(“ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God!”Phil 4:6 )

alone again

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sunflower said:
On: 4th May, 2008 at 21:46

Hey Lee, Keep hangin’ on and lookin’ up! I’m thinking ’bout you and still missin’ you!

derek/glenway said:
On: 4th May, 2008 at 22:31

Don’t worry, we will not forget you. How could we forget, knowing you’re there all by yourselves. I’m sure it’s hard not having anybody older and more experienced to ask for advice. I think we take that for granted. We have not been in this situation where we have to make those difficult decisions of running a community. I wouldn’t mind dropping in and helping out for a few months. I don’t think I could stand it being away from home for much longer than that. My God be with you! Stay strong and trust in Him!

MH CS said:
On: 4th May, 2008 at 23:03

Nice garden Leanne. I guess it’s a tad easier to hoe than our lovely gumbo! (Although i guess the heat maybe makes up for that.) On that note, we got snow today, perfect for a snowball fight. It melted in the afternoon though. And no my dears, we havn’t forgotten about you, we’re thinking and praying for you every day. blessings XOXOXO (:))

-dw said:
On: 5th May, 2008 at 08:22

Glad to see the progress over there. Its great that the guys are pitching in more. I think its just a matter of them getting used to it a bit then they will change. As in, they will want to work. Thats the way it is with all humans.
Good luck!

Irvin CS said:
On: 5th May, 2008 at 22:07

Brian keep checking that erosion, it dose tend to get away on us if unchecked.(In all walks of life)Our thoughts are with you.

jonathan said:
On: 6th May, 2008 at 10:44

Hello Leanne,

Nice that you’re getting into gardening, even though you haven’t been having any luck with it here. 🙂 I think that your corn should be ok with the tasseling and forming the heads. The small corns start developing early, so that the pollen from the tassels can fall onto the corn hair to pollinate them. Hope that you can pick them before the rainy season. Corn don’t like being too wet.

God bless,

Eddie Waldner / Cascade said:
On: 7th May, 2008 at 12:09

Hi Leeann. Author of, > Alone again. Just to bust a myth.. I did not see a doctor at all in London, although Imo Idong, Rev Inno’s brother who lives in London had an appointment made at his medical practitioner for me. My wife Annella and I made a decision to rest for two days in holyday Inn, for me to regain strength, then fly home to Manitoba Canada where we have free Medicare. That way saving our insurance company probably tens of thousands of dollar, and us, the hassle of coming up with the money up front. Second day home my surgeon performed both a colonoscopy and endoscope [now go figure] to examine my intestines and colon. Returning for my test results the next day my Physician and Surgeon give ne a cleen bill of health fit for Africa. Why I asked would my African doctors sugest a tomour of the colon? I asked .What they probably saw was a swolen colin or > EDEMA of the colin, due to colitis and excess vomiting for three weeks with typhoid. Such Infacted colin would be easily visible, infact magnified with aultrasound Which was the best madical tool my African Doctors had. Who humbely and honestly told me to fly to London where they have beter and more modern tools for proper dignoses. The myth of colon tymor or even cancer is not the fault of the general public, for that is what was reported from Africa. Why so much information about myselve? — told you I’m a myth buster.

C.S.C. said:
On: 7th May, 2008 at 16:38

Thanks so much Eddie Waldner for “filling in the blanks” about your health. We have been wondering and praying for you. I hope you go back to Palmgrove, Brian and Leanne sound kind of lonely and wish they had someone with past experiance in Palmgrove to lean on.

Ian/Crystal said:
On: 8th May, 2008 at 10:51

Eddy Vetter, you’ve had many people praying for you and your health. God still hears our prayers! Miracles still happen!

Hopefully you are feeling up to the challenge of going back to Nigeria! Brian and Leanne seem to really need your guidance and support.

Maybe we could start a fund raiser to raise the money needed to get you back to Nigeria. Anybody have any ideas?

-dw said:
On: 8th May, 2008 at 11:59

( “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God!” Phil 4:6 )

Eddie Waldner / Caccade said:
On: 8th May, 2008 at 12:22

Thanks Ian, gotta hear from the church first before we start on some fund raising. Thanks very much to all for your prayers.