Ines has kept us laughing this week – it’s not that she has discovered a new source of jokes but has found herself in several situations that have great comic potential.
Last Sunday, our second here, walking to church there was a sudden and severe downpour of rain. Taking her completely by surprise she sheltered with the kids under a tree and then in the entrance of a local resident’s house (by invitation, of course). The shower passed but she and the kids were soaked. It was warm and so she pressed on to church. On arriving they swept in sodden and a little late. She rushed into the ladies to check her appearance and discovered the purple tee-shirt she was wearing had become completely see through. Normally she would have left straight away but it was the kids Christmas party so she felt obliged to stay for their sake. So she sat in church, feeling very self conscious that she was the only woman showing her underwear in the service!
Three days ago she was driving to a friend’s house to drop Ruben off to play with their children. She passed their drive and did a quick 3 point turn into a drive just down the hill. All of the drives in that area are really steep and we (both Ines and I) are still getting used to driving an automatic: Ines put her foot down on the accelerator just a bit too hard, she did a wheel spin, leaving an impressive amount of tyre on this stranger's driveway and causing a very elderly lady walking down the road to scream in fear of her life. Needless to say, we will try to keep a VERY low profile next time we visit.
Two days ago – exploring the rock pools on the beach with our kids – she and the kids discovered a large metal grate with some water-filled space underneath it. They were all curious as to its depth. Ines put her arm in and couldn’t touch the bottom, so she (and I almost can’t believe this) inserted her leg into the grate to see if she could touch the bottom, discovering that it was only just deeper than her arm could reach and also discovering that her leg is a little broader than her arm! She began to fill with panic as her leg showed some resistance to being removed from the metal grate she had plunged it into (oh, yes and the tide was beginning to turn). After a moment of gathering her thoughts and composure she was also able to gain her freedom.
We can hardly wait to see how this recent run of comedy events resolves itself, or comes to a head in the next few days. Pray for our safety!!!
My life has been much more mundane: putting together the study programme for the MINTY programme, reviewing the TSCF staff supervision structures and sorting out the details of the house purchase here and transferring money from the
We’ve begun to relax into life at Whangaparaoa, we’re attending the local Baptist Church (we’ve decided to continue going, even after last Sunday) and have made good friends with our neighbour Lasse (he’s Danish, his name is pronounce ‘Laas-eh’ the locals here call him ‘Lassie’) and he will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us.
We are rejoicing in the gift of Jesus – how amazing it is to know God was made flesh and not only knows the frailties of our frame, but has brought us to know Himself and promises us the glories of eternal life with Him through faith.
Have a great Christmas; thanks for standing with us as friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, or even just accidental browsers.
Rejoice! Rejoice! The Saviour is here and now is the day of salvation.
Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare him room,
And heav'n and nature sing!
Joy to the world
The Saviour reigns
Your sweetest songs employ
While fields and streams
And hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
He rules the world
With truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness;
The wonders of His love.