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Yes, I plan on leaving Sunday morning.
Yeah, we’ll have to get on the road early too. We have trainings to do on Monday morning.
Yeah, seems like a good meet this time. There’s some excitement about it around here too. Luke was a little disappointed today though. He got his letter about the Regional 4-H Public Speaking competition. It is on the 31st, so he won’t make Argos this year. He won the county competition with what I think is a really good speech about legal liabilities for bee keepers. I’ve been kinda proud of how he has developed that skill. He used to be terribly afraid of public speaking. Then he decided he wanted to overcome his fear and learn how to do it.In a short number of months he has become quite advanced in the skill. He preached an exceptional sermon last Sunday for the first message.
Anyway, everyone is looking forward to going…partially bcause we have been so busy getting ready for this training season. Argos looks like a vacation to everyone, me included. We’ve just gotten hammered with events since we made it known that we are willing to do them. I guess that’s a blessing, but it’s tiresome too.
We are almost ready for our OpenHouse in 9 days.
We have 167 iniversity students coming through in the next two weeks.
We just got another missionary training for some community leaders from Kenya lined up for the days immediately after Argos.
And another 2-week pogram just before Argos for about 35 Honduran community development workers and 25 American University students…
But we’re most excited about a meeting we’re having tomorrow with a Mennonite NGO Program Director leader working in Ghana, Africa. A 22 year veteran missionary who seems to have all the right ideas about how to get the job done. Those are hard to find. They do a lot of evangelism work and cross-cultural training, but are not doing much in the way of development work focusing on dealing with physical needs of the poor. They said when they started out they intended to do it but didn’t have the trainers to make it happen, and have been looking for the right fit for a long time. We’re hoping they will send all their people through here to take an intensive 3 to 6 week program on those subjects, focusing on appropriate technology, health & sanitation, and a lot of other subjects. That would pretty much be a dream come true for us. We’ll see how it goes.
Don’t mistake me for complaining, this is what we were hoping to do, just didn’t expect it to happen so fast, so we’re running to catch up.
Jakob is anxious to show off his tractor. He tore some of it down to try to fix some vibration in the drive shaft and ended up having to replace a bunch of bearings and stuff, so we’re looking for those parts now. It’s not easy to find parts for a 70-80 year old tractor. My brother was over tonight helping him machine new parts. But the gasifier is working well and he’s getting the hang of a starting procedure…and making charcoal.
He has also built a backpack charcoal gasifier to run a weed eater. I think it’s a little heavy, but he’s anxious to see what everyone else thinks of it. Anyway, we’re looking forward to seeing everyone. Planning to bring the whole family this time, except Luke, so I’ll try to get Erika to have her violin in the mix…