Newsletter january 2017
Sometimes I am asked what my day looks like. Today everything all over sudden went different than planned. First things were fine, I had a nice Skype-call with my brother and sister-in-law. Then someone came to pick up medical supplies we had, for a poor first aid medical post. Then I went to the bus-station to pick up my water-filter - which I’d ordered from another city.
But then it was in my heart to visit Lisa, ex-guest from Talita Cumi. She's in the hospital. That meant going home to get some bits and pieces: a nightdress, soap, toilet-paper, things she might need. Then to Talita to pick up two staff members and after a ride of about an hour we got to the hospital. It was so sad to see Lisa there. She has Aids now, possibly Tuberculosis and she cannot walk anymore because of damage to her back. She doesn't talk a lot and seems hardened, we weren't allowed to pray with her. But we can and certainly will pray for her. This visit took the best part of 5 hours but it was worth it. In Ireland it might seem all is close by, but everything takes a lot of time here, it mightn't be so many kilometers, but due to traffic and circumstances everything takes a lot more time.
It was a privilege to make a Christmas visit to Judy, an older American missionary who is building a hospital. The girls presented a program for nearly 90 children, they loved it! And an encouragement for Judy who doesn’t get many visitors, but out there in the rural area she reaches a lot of people. She told me just now that this weekend 35 children are participating in a camp with the church! All received a copy of “City Bible Bolivia”, which they really appreciated.
How are we doing?
Well, we are in a complex season. Three boys who live in Adulam, have psychiatric problems and the team isn’t really equipped to know how to handle that, with all the subsequent consequences. Even the knives have been locked away because one of them can have quite violent outbursts.
This week two team members asked us to pay them their “quinquenio”, 5 months’ wages, for 5 years they worked with us, the team can request this every 5 years. Earlier this month we also had to pay this to someone who left us, all in all a heavy blow to our finances.
Three girls ran away again on Saturday, the second time in one week. The family played on their feelings, putting them in a loyalty conflict. And in the hope of restoring family relations they left. Of course, it doesn’t work like that and Sunday we already had one family ringing the doorbell, with their daughter: if we could receive her again. No, that’s not possible, because Isabel doesn’t want to and also thinks that running away wasn’t such a big deal.
In a minute Mari will come, our PR lady. Tuesday her youngest son will be operated on a brain tumor. The second time in this family. Fourteen years ago I was at the bedside of Paula, her oldest daughter, who underwent the same surgery. Over one year ago, Paula died, after another battle with cancer. You can imagine what this family is going through in this new situation. When you pray for us, pray the team will allow the Lord into their brokenness so that the joy of the Lord will be their strength.
All the work in the houses of Misión Adulam depends on the teams. Today Felina (deputy-director) and I will start evaluations. Looking back on the past year, learn from the good and not so good things to start planning the new year with fresh motivation. What complicates things is the fact that we still have a very hard time finding new people. Ads bring us very few results, but we really need to expand the team with at least three people to continue working in a responsible way. The last 5 months Jesed was closed, but soon we want to start receiving boys ages 8 to 12. The house is nearly ready, now het team.
We are grateful that most of our young people received their school diploma of a secondary school year and also that 8 young people finished a short course of vocational training.
Grateful I am too for everyone who helped us in 2016, facilitating our work through prayers and love gifts – it continues to be a miracle each month, to see how the Lord provides through His children.
Please pray for the team, that we will find new staff with compassion.
For the young people who live in our houses: that they will really work at their own rehabilitation, regardless if their family stands with them or not.
And will you pray for protection: our area isn’t the safest suburb unfortunately and there have been a few incidents.
Bye, with warm greetings, may the Lord bless you, Fineke Janssen and teams.
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