New superintendent Paul Glaydor, Sr. and principal Boyd Davies are qualified and exciting leaders. Illinois Great River's Annual Conference came for an agriculture visit and gave some seeds.
A container from Mentor UMC arrived on the mission and a second is coming soon from Peoria. Peoria is sending funding for future agriculture projects We broke ground on UMVIM housing on the mission. Executive and senior staff meetings are happening. The leadership is looking realistically at staffing needs and where we can make adjustments and cuts. Paul Glaydor, Sr. is being visionary about sustainability and helping themselves and not rely on donor support only. Students are using the dining hall for meals.
Teacher training was held and initiated by the new principal. Trinity UMC (Rocky Mountain) was just here for TBA training and Community Based Health Outreach program. The Board of Church and Society and UMCOR have a desire to focus on the Camphor Clinic. Peoria is planning a UMVIM trip in October 2010. East Ohio is bringing 14 people to Camphor in January 2010, 16 others are going to Gbanga and Ganta. Garfield UMC in East Ohio is talking about a January 2010 trip to do some work on the church or parsonage at Camphor.
Illinois Great River's Annual Conference may come again in January for an Agriculture visit. Peoria UMC (Illinois Great Rivers) and WestlakeUMC (East Ohio) are working together to bring local Liberian text books and curriculum to the mission.
We wake up before the sun rises as the noisy frogs go to sleep and the roosters sound the alarm. We run down dirt roads for exercise, shouting Bassa greetings to the expectant villagers. That starts the daily sweat that never ends. We head out to our jobs. Danny sees patients and teaches at the clinic when he is not procuring building supplies. The missionary housing has begun to be built and is moving quickly. Danny negotiates the price of sand and gravel with child labor in the village. Kathy heads to the office as business manager. It is easy to manage money when you have none. Trying to make sense of past financial records or lack of them is another thing. Kathy's office is right at the entrance of the school so her day is filled with kids too! We are both impressed by the new administration and their plans for revitalizing the Camphor Mission. It is an exciting time to be here. The task ahead is daunting but with prayer, new ideas, and continued relationships with donors anything is possible. It is a new day at Camphor!
Well, the container arrived! It was last night, November 2 at 11:00 p.m. Such a story. It left Monrovia at 4:00 p.m. and took the 7 hours to drive to us. Ended up getting stuck in the mud on the campus. Many people were up until 4:00 a.m. trying to move it to do a drop. Liberians can be hard workers! Amazing. There was much debate about whether we were aloud to do a drop. The drivers of the truck tried to get us to unload it and then drop. Danny was not in favor of that! Anyway, The full moon was helpful. The rain that came in the early morning was not. People woke at 6 a.m. to, again, with daylight begin trying to get unstuck. Someone had the idea of going down the road to BRE a foreign owned development company to see if they could help us with a crane or something. They ended up sending a digging machine with much power. They pulled the container off of the stuck truck! I have it on video and will send it home to Alison for you to see on the blog. After the container came off in the mud and almost on it's side, the digging machine went to the site that our house is going to be built and cleared a few big trees and prepared the spot for us! A huge savings of energy and time. A big blessing! Now we are in town emailing and buying building supplies to begin work tomorrow. It has been a full day. We are tired, overwhelmed, and excited. Thanks for being a part of all of these blessings. We have NOT opened the container yet, that will be for another time and photo opportunity. We feel your prayers and presence with us. Thank you so much.
We are back home at the Camphor Mission. Kathy has been named the new Business Manager and is busy meeting with people to learn more about the financial workings at Camphor. Danny is seeing patients and teaching at the clinic. A Traditional Birth Attendant training is happening at the church for the Camphor community, learning basic life saving skills. We have been busy hosting our first visitors on the Camphor Mission. We have settled into our room at the Director's house that we share with the new Director, Paul Glaydor, Sr. and Principal, Boyd Davies.
We are in the middle of many things. We are working on getting our container out of port in Monrovia and hoping to break ground on UMVIM Missionary Housing this week. We arranged new bank accounts for ourselves and the Friends of Camphor. We are excited and overwhelmed by all that is in store for us here. We could not do this without your prayers and one another.
Students at J.F. Yancy School.
Visitors from Colorado, Trinity UMC in the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference, providing TBA training to community. Cheryl Townson and Bob Gibb. A line of patients at the clinic.