Improvement Glimmers!

Written by: The Bridge on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16. Somehow, I think that this is a very fitting verse for our situation. There are so many people who will simply try and take advantage of you, and then there are others, who are honest about what they are doing. Somehow, we have to discern between one and the other.
Last year, about this time, Paul Vetter wanted to buy tires for the grader. Unfortunately, the money was stolen and he was shot in the process. Now here he is, a year later, finally getting the job done. The right tools to work with, are sometimes hard to come by. We have to use our imagination when it comes to devising tools to complete the job. Paul Vetter made this homemade tool, to extract the air valve from the tires. What it takes an hour to complete at home, can easily take 2 days around here. It’s a strange world out here. Eddy Vetter and Paul Vetter are getting the equipment back into running condition. These people don’t fix things until it stops moving, until then, everything’s just fine. Joseph, the plumber, finally got most of the water leaks fixed. The other day the water tank started overflowing because it’s no longer leaking away, so that’s a good thing.
Lately, we’ve not been feeling too good, some of us worse than others. I suppose the strange environment and foods finally caught up to us, so things are even slower than normal. Hopefully we’ll be up and running again in a short time.

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Ian/Crystal said:
On: 3rd May, 2006 at 07:56

Exo 35:31 “And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship…”

The story, in the book of Exodus, which describes the building of the Tabernacle, speaks often of how God filled his peoples’ hearts with wisdom. We pray that as you build up God’s tabernacle in Palmgrove that He will grant you sufficient wisdom to accomplish His will!

Jonathan said:
On: 3rd May, 2006 at 20:01

Hopefully the progress, however small is an encouragement to you. Nit giebs auf; ess sein viel woss foh enk beten. Treat all people fairly and with compassion, because people are just like the flower pictured on this post, which I believe is Vinca. It needs utmost care to grow and bloom, on the other hand, very little needs to be done to ruin it.

Gott mit euch,

Jonathan Hofer

kel zacharias and susan said:
On: 3rd May, 2006 at 20:50

Your dad and Lynda dropped by to say hi and told us how to get ahold of you. We saw some neat pictures of you on your adventure in Africa. Hope all is going well with you. We will be sure to keep you in our prayers. Keep in touch if you have time.

Kel and Susan Zacharias

Juanita H. said:
On: 3rd May, 2006 at 21:49

Hi everyone, thanks for the time and effort you put into keeping this blog updated. It gives us a taste of what life’s like in Palm Grove, and i check for updates regularly. Very interesting!! My thoughts and prayers are with u all. May you be a shining light for the pple down there. God will surely reward His Servants!

Samuel - Newdale said:
On: 3rd May, 2006 at 22:38

It’s amazing how far away you are but still your only a couple written words away. I was always wondering what type of work there could be for young people in nigeria but seeing these messages being sent out for us to read we come to realize. Hey Lance and the rest if i could come over just to provide some herbal health for you to get better i certaintly would. So long for now. from some of us at newdale-CANADA be strong

Leonard Barry - MapleGrove said:
On: 3rd May, 2006 at 23:58

May God’s Love continuely be shown through you. I enjoy reading about all that is happening in PalmGrove.

Crystal Spring said:
On: 4th May, 2006 at 14:02

I smiled when i read your comment “these people dont fix things untill there broke” Inno Idiong used to say that they dont come from a “maintenance culture” when you grow up in a mud hut out in the jungle there isnt all that much to maintain. However when you find yourself surrounded with motorcycles, cars, equipment and leaking waterlines its a different story.
Lance, we are waiting for pictures of the Palmgrove children. We would love to see how they have grown. Family pictures would be even better. You will find them quite willing to poise for you on sunday after church when they are dressed in there best.
Enjoying your site.

Anonymous said:
On: 4th May, 2006 at 19:42

Hi All, wishing you lots of strength to go on..and may good health be with you too..Keep up the great updates it’s very interesting and keeps us closer to you..May God be near and with you…

Markus - Netley said:
On: 5th May, 2006 at 22:22

Hi everyone,

Keep up the updates – they’re awesome! I read an interesting quote today: “we didn’t hire you to have the right answer everytime, we hired you to be wise and try your best”. This fellow was a teacher but I think it’s a good message for missionaries too. Go forward with God.


Barbara Brooks said:
On: 7th May, 2006 at 18:59

Keep up the good work! I’m praying for you all!

Anonymous said:
On: 16th May, 2006 at 19:31

I just reading all your entries, and i’m impressed with them all. Thanks for keeping us informed. Its great to know that there are people willing to help Nigeria.
Also for those that are adding comments throughout the blog, I’m sure everyone appreciates them. It helps keeping us on the go and encouraged throughout the day, when you know that someone cares.
Keep us the work.

And for those in Africa – God bless you.