A work in progress...
Gebhards settle into life in Africa again.
By Marc Gebhard
After waiting on some vehicle repairs, Timothy and I made our
first trip back to our tiny village in mid May.
The first thing we noticed was all the road construction projects
going on. Even getting out of the capital city proved to be quite the
task with all the roads that were torn up. The Chinese have sent
construction workers to make major improvements on the national
In some places, they’re paving roads that have been a mess of
muddy semi-truck-swallowing potholes for years. In one spot we
saw a place where the Japanese government has come to make a
new four-lane bridge.
The downside comes for the people who live next to this big
project. Dust and noise are a big problem. It’s also a big problem
if you get an X painted on your house. That means, they’re about
to bulldoze through your neighborhood to widen the road. You’d
better get your stuff and relocate before the big Caterpillars arrive.
Those Caterpillars and road graters are arriving more and more
often here. Timothy and I saw all kinds of construction vehicles
and guys with hard hats as we traversed the nation in mid May.
News about the Gebhard family’s work with the Lele people in West Africa June 2014
‘...and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!’ Luke 2:8
The national highway is getting a
major facelift. Solar lights are
popping up in many major cities.
“The quality makes the difference” says the sign at Restaurant Kadi in ‘Kissiville’.
Health—With rainy season,
Malaria and colds have been
going around in the village.
House Cleanup—The mice
play while the cats are away.
The cats are back and we’re
deep in the cleaning and
repairing process. Craziness!
Bible Translation —We’re
training nationals in the use of
the Paratext Bible translation
software. Genesis 1-29 is
now in rough draft.
Work—Villagers are hard at
work planting their rice fields.
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Marc and Tina celebrate their 21st anniversary with a weekend at the islands of the coast.
Just as we arrived in “Kissiville” (named after the Kissi tribe),
the downpour of rain started. We were back in the forest region,
where rainy season often lasts eight months. Timothy snapped a
quick picture of the fat guy restaurant sign, we grabbed some rice
and sauce and headed up to our village.
Timothy and I made great progress the next several days
cleaning up the house and getting things up and running. We
found that the well was running dry and the mice had been
working hard in our absence.
Meanwhile, back in the capital, Tina and the kids were
dreaming up a little family vacation
weekend to celebrate Grace’s ninth
birthday and our 21st wedding
anniversary. We’ve been needing to
take a family vacation for the last couple
of years. We just waited for Africa to
actually make it happen.
We enjoyed a weekend getaway at
the Islands off the coast of W. Africa.
Our mini-vacation May 23-26 was a nice
break in our busy life—especially after
all the transitions we’ve been through in
the last months.
A few days later, we packed the truck
and headed back upcountry to our Lele
friends in the village. They have welcomed us with delight after
our family had been away so long.
Dancing Grandma has already been by several times as well
as Timothy’s friend Boura. Also our friend, Elie Camara has been
here working on literacy books in our office. We’ve been working
together to update his computer with newer more powerful literacy
and translation software. We’ll soon be plowing through the Bible
translation and exegetical process again.
X MARKS THE SPOT—
Buildings to be knocked
down for the new widened