Cleaning & Cancellation!
After two days working on the School in Dongi Dongi, we shifted our attention back to the Student Dormitory in Palu. As the deadline for the completion of the dormitory closes in, the stress levels are increasing for Nyoman to have the building finished on time for the benefactors of this project.
Before setting to work, Nyoman and I attended an early morning birthday celebration for Ibu FiFi Bolo, one of the kindergarten teachers, at her home. We were joined by a large contingency of school staff and shared in devotions and breakfast together. Once again, I was asked to share a devotional thought and spoke from Jeremiah 29:11-14, which seemed apt for the occasion. Nyoman seized the opportunity to recruit some of the teachers to assist us to finish cleaning out the Student Dormitory.
It was an encouraging sight to see half a dozen teachers take up the challenge when we arrived back at the dormitory armed with our cleaning implements. With everyone on deck we knocked over the cleaning of the ground floor in a couple of hours! Once the dirt, concrete dust and splattered plaster was cleared, the deadline didn't seem as daunting...at least to us. Like with the students at Dongi Dongi, it was really good to see the staff from Palu School get involved and shoulder some of the burden of completing this project for their students.
Later in the afternoon we took Stav to the airport for his departure home. It only seems like a couple of days ago that we picked him up from the airport. Unfortunately, due to heavy smoke lingering over Palu from fires on Borneo, his flight was cancelled. This is an unwelcomed disruption to Stav's travel plans, with him missing out on seeing his newly born niece and attending a renuion. The joy and unpredictability of international air travel!