Saturday January 19, 2019

Isaiah 44:8 Do not fear, or be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? You are my witnesses! Is there any god besides me? There is no other rock; I know not one.

Today, just before lunch the mission had some visitors who where on their way to Delhi from Nepal and decided to stop to say hello. They had lunch in the Strong House and as I stopped in there after lunch I learned that they were visitors from the US and we talked a bit about their work in and around India and Nepal, as well as our mission and COG. I also learned that they too were on a hunt for cash from the ATMs and were headed into Khatima. This morning Jeff took a 3 hour walk to the surrounding towns of Banbasa in search of money with no success–there is no money anywhere. Since we are leaving on Friday morning, I didn’t want to chance not being able to get cash since we needed to pay for our taxi back to Delhi, so I took them up on their offer to join the, and I am so glad I did because I was able to get out enough money to cover the clothing items from the tailor, as well as our driver, and a few other items we needed for our last week here.

This evening we were surprised to learn that a last minute jungle dinner was in store for us. Eugene headed out at 3:30 pm to prepare our meal on the riverbed over the fire, but we didn’t leave until at 6:45 pm in the bed of a trailer being pulled by a tractor. It was so much fun. We took the bumpy ride through the neighboring village and just to the riverbed where Eugene and Uncle John were preparing our meal. We got and found a nice fire blazing and chairs situated around it. This ended up being a fun little party with some new friends/visitors. As usual dinner was amazing, though this time we were eating under the beautiful stars with the rambling river in the background. It was such a peaceful and fun meal filled with great conversation, stories, and laughter.

My pictures of our dinner didn’t really turn out, but I did capture of a picture of these two little ones having fun with me by balancing some toilet paper on our heads!