2. Nate got all the burglar bars painted with the undercoat and the main paint.
3. Nate got all the doorframes painted.
4. Of the 15 doors that needed hanging we got 11 doors hung and that is not a easy task for the frames are so skew that it takes you a full day to hang 2 doors mainly because they do not come ready made so I have to cut the part where the locks fit in out and then use a wood chisel to work it. The doors also all have to be cut to size for most of them are solid wood except for the inside 6 doors in the house that are hollow so after cutting them you have to rebuild their support at the bottom and top.
5. We got all the doors that are fitted varnished and they are looking so good.
6. We also finished putting in the ceiling boards of the whole inside of the house and man are our shoulder and back muscles busted and full of knots with hammering above the heads the whole time. We had to work hard with the beams being all crooked by putting in shims in the strips that the ceiling boards get nailed to.
7. God provided local help to plaster the inside of the library. We went yesterday to go and get more sand out of the wet river to finish the screet on the floor of the library. The second load we got stuck badly in the mud and the Land Rovers winch did not work so had to drive the hour back to get the Hilux and went to winch the trailer out of the mud. (always excitement here ; )
8. We also had some local help that dug and started to build new toilets and bathrooms for the visiting people and teams.
9. We also installed most of the windows of the orphanage which is no easy task considering each of the main 10 windows has 6 panes which each need to be puttied in individually.
We have a new visitor with us that God has called to come and help us. Her name is Jenny Maass from
Nate continues to be a huge blessing here to us and I (Jako) couldn’t have gotten as much done around here as we have without him. It is nice to have someone around with the knowledge to work on vehicles (something always needs fixing around here) and who has the skills to help direct the locals with projects as well. He has definitely settled into the daily routine around here pumping most of the water everyday, chopping firewood, and working hard. He is always busy and never sits down. He has made friends with the local soccer team and often plays in their weekend games with them. Everyone around here knows his name and the young men especially really connect with him. Apart from the physical labor which he planned to do while here he has also stretched his comfort zone a bit and one week even lead the Bible Study for me at Church when I had to take a local to the hospital for a medical emergency (a young boy who broke his femur – did I say never a dull moment?). He did a great job and what a blessing he has been. It would have been nice if he could have stayed forever but we since his story is still being written in terms of where and what God is calling him to do we, are praying and waiting with eagerness to see all that God will do. It will be sad to see him go on June 8th (only 3 weeks left and counting, sniff, sniff) but at least we will have the consolation that Amber’s 14 year old nephew will be arriving that same day to stay with us here and help us for the next 2 months. He won’t be the same as Nate but will definitely bring his own uniqueness and blessing to us as well.
Our work for welding program continues to be put to good use as almost every day we have people here asking for welding for their bicycles, ox-carts, and other items so God has been faithful to continue to provide additional local help around here as needed. The orchard sure is enjoying being watered so much! The local soccer team has also agreed to help a few days so when they show up we have quite a crew of able bodied hands and bodies. We have also had locals coming almost daily for medicine so it has been neat to see all the different people that God is bringing to our doors. The medicine that we receive for free we give away for free, but those we have to buy from town, we sell for the same price we buy it which works out good for the locals since they don’t have to pay the transport fee and take a day out of their schedule to go to town to buy. Right now is the season of eye infections. I think we have provided about 20 tubes of eye medicine to the locals in the past weeks. It is nice to be able to help them out in this way.
Now you might be saying, what about Amber? We haven’t heard you mention her yet? Well she has been busy with the task of keeping the home fires burning for which we are so thankful. Between cooking, doing dishes, keeping the facilities clean, doing laundry, finances, e-mails and correspondence. She is what frees us up to get done all the work that we are doing at the orphanage around here. Without her hard work behind the scenes, who knows what we would do. She also helps us host all the wonderful friends and visitors we have had lately. She is really a woman of Proverbs 31: 10-31. Please go and read it for your selves.
One notable family that we had the privilege of hosting lately was Chris and Amy Barnes along with their kids Sam, Holly, and Mary Ellen. They are Americans living in
Please pray for us as we continue with the projects at hand here with the goal to finish the orphanage and have kids in it by sometime late June or early July, for continued favor with the community, and for God’s name to be glorified and made known through us.
For more pictures please go to www.picasaweb.google.com/missionoflovezambia
For more news to read please go to Jenny’s blog site www.jennymaass.blogspot.com . Her most recent entry gives a great description of what an average day in the bush looks like for us here in Mukamba.
Don’t forget that you can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you and God bless you
Jako and Amber Joubert