We are currently in the middle of a round of teaching in which we travel out to rural areas on 4 consecutive weekends and bring the teaching to the people. In the middle of a round like this we spend much of our time in a daze as the experience is quite intense with hosting committee members, travel, and the intensity of the time in the rural areas itself. In the middle of the week we catch up on the administrative side and keep up our usual work. In the midst of this we rarely communicate what we are doing.
So we were very pleased when a friend of ours who is serving here in Mthatha for two years went to a conference with Joe on saturday and wrote a blog entry on what he saw there. We always appreciate an outside perspective on our work here as we tend to lose perspective when immersed in the ins and outs of it. Jesse's blog is available at http://mthathamission.blogspot.com/2009/02/bethany-bible-school.html. Other entries on his blog have great insights into Xhosa culture and the missionary dilemma.
The week before we were happy to have our friend and colleague Glyn Jones, serving with Mennonite Church Canada Witness in Gaborone Botswana, at a rural conference with us. Here is one of his pictures of a Bible study discussion group.