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A day in Honiara

February 16, 2012

A few people have asked what a typical day looks like. Here’s what my Monday looked like, although I wouldn’t call it typical.

The first half of the morning I joined in a translation principles workshop for Solomon Islanders who want to begin translation projects in their own languages. How exciting to meet some of the new translators. My Pijin abilities aren’t quite to the level where I’m teaching lessons, but I hope to lead one of the devotionals next week. Pray for these Solomon Islanders–that God would give them ready brains to learn much new material and would give them perseverance for the long road of translation ahead.

Solomon Islanders learning about translation in SITAG's new Training Center

The second half of the morning and all of the afternoon was spent helping other SITAG men clean out the storage area beneath our apartment. This is where familes who are out in the village or out of the country store things. Unfortunately termites were discovered in the storage area over the weekend, so we had to haul all of the things out of storage to other safe locations. Finally, by late afternoon, we had enough things moved out that someone sprayed for termites. I was thankful for the homemade bushlime juice (limeade) and raisin bread that Lori brought down as a mid-afternoon snack.

we live on the upper level, the storage is the lower level

I went straight from that job to meet the running group. For the first time in a while, there wasn’t lots of rain and mud. I enjoyed a nice run, practicing my Pijin with several Solomon Islanders throughout the course that wound through Honiara. One man is a member of the Honiara City Council and is training for triathlons. Another man is a bicycle courier, which in a place as hilly as Honiara means he’s in really good shape. By the end of the run I was as soaked as if it had rained. (It’s really hot and humid, all the time.)

I headed home and joined Lori and D at the house of one of our colleagues. Since the storage area is underneath the house in which we’re staying, we had to stay out for several hours after spraying for termites. We chatted with them while D played with their two children.

Then it was home to get D to bed, clean up a little in our house, shower, and go to bed.

-John

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  1. jlwmsonmd@mac.com permalink
    March 20, 2012 1:22 am

    Wonderful update. Thank you so much, and for prepping to spread His Good News! It’s all in anticipation for His return. We’ll try to do our part here, and together with you, look forward to His coming. God bless you next steps of new arrival and returns to the ministry.
    God bless your safety, health and growth in every way. Now unto the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, to the Only Wise God be honor and glory forever! Love fr Williamsons

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