Hi from a very hot and sticky Wewak! How has your week started out so far?
We have been back here for 10 days, and we really hit the ground running, cleaning up the very dusty flat... it is the last one on the set of 3, and with all the banana trees cut down while we were gone, now the view is expansive! But some uninvited guests had moved in, including this large centipede that hopped aboard my sandal for a ride one morning! Thankfully, I kicked off the sandal.. .and him... before he could bite.
The rest of the weekend was taken up with meetings with various people to do with Living Child, including the new obstetrician at the Wewak hospital, a delightful woman, and a group of village health volunteers in town for another activity.
Monday we jumped in to sort out everything that has happened (and not happened!) in the CBM head office while were away. The latest batch of distance learning course materials arrived, so students had to be called in, given a fun workshop on how to use it, and all their paperwork sorted and checked, while another batch had just sat exams and their data needed to be found and organised. And yet another batch is due for exams, so had to be contacted and followed up. Phew! Between that, I was printing off pages for 200 booklets to be distributed by Living Child soon, and seeing to both Living Child and CBM visitors who were coming and going in town, and to and from the airport. You can see that combining work for 2 different organisations can be confusing, interesting, varied, and certainly not boring!
Meanwhile, a workshop behind the CBM head office is being renovated into a meeting hall before the AGM on Friday, and we were put in charge of overseeing it...with it half-done and the maintenance men going on holiday! But they agreed to keep coming until it is finished, and it is looking good. I am meant to fix up a huge mural that is on thick plywood, and has hung on the front of the bookshop for 20 years. Parts of it are badly damaged by people rubbing past it, and a combination of sun, dust and diesel oil. Cleaning it was difficult but doable...but renovating the parts where paint is missing.....hmmm....an ongoing challenge.
But even with our noses to the grindstone for a 60 hour plus week, or running around organising things, how do you like our " commute" of 5km from the flat to downtown?? That beach road is always such a refreshing scene in its various moods and colours.
Well, some folks are coming to the office for another meeting, so we will say goodbye for now. God bless you in YOUR place today!
Jim and Robyn
Robyn and Jim Nottingham.