|Posted by gramma on September 30, 2017 at 5:50 PM|
Our fourth week in Rijeka, as usual has been a mixed bag. We picked up two new readers, but illness and work kept some of our readers from coming as much as they would have otherwise. Nevertheless we logged 30 hours for a total of 92 hours for our four-week project. Our party was small but we had a lot of fun, played People Bingo, Pictionary, a poor man's version of Headband and Switch. Val's knee was good enough that even she played switch. We made new friends while we were here, we had a lot of good discussions and we let God's Word work on all of us.
As we said above, illness has reared it's ugly head this week. Val has been struggling all week with a sinus bug of some sort. Val's high school girl also had a similar malady as she came to read the last couple of times. As they read it sounded like a gaggle of geese was in the room with all the nose-blowing! Thankfully, Val has not felt so bad, but she has gone through almost three 10-packs of tissue.
We appreciate so much the support that we have had from the Kristova Crkva (Christ's Church). Damir and Ivana, had us in their home and took us out to eat a couple of times. Zlatko, a former elder supplied us with two phones to use while here, took us on a walking tour of the city and attended all our parties. Jelena, a member and reader living on the ground floor of the church building, has let us use her internet connection when needed and fetched meds from the pharmacy where she works. Dean, another member and reader, served as our companion and driver on our two days off. It was nice because we went places he had never been too also.
Santa Barbara supposedly has a Mediterranian climate and we typically receive no rainfall at all between April and November, but here in Rijeka, situated on the Adriatic Sea, part of the Mediterranian Sea, it rained about half of the days we were here. Historically they get about 4 1/2 inches of rain in September (more this year I think). Apparently there are nuances to this climate thing.
We are now safely in Hamburg, Germany with our dear friends Jo and Marion Reinhold for a couple of weeks before we go on a river cruise on the Danube. Thank you so much for your prayers and support for our LST project in Rijeka. May the Lord continue to water the seeds that were planted.