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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Waiting Time

This is a time of waiting and wondering and trusting.  JAC, or the ship?  Length of time unknown but what is known is God and His goodness.

I went to see a friend today, she was in a home and has dementia, she is so positive yet not wanting to be were she is at the same time. 

I still must put up the pictures from the bird watching. 

It strange being back in my home land, there are so many elements that are familiar and many that are unfamiliar. 

I look back at the ship and I sense a home, a look ahead and I sense  a God of wonder and a God of meaning and a God that knows each detail of our lives and interweaves His goodness into the mystery and into the unknown. 

Its like painting an abstract picture, you start the painting with music, you start to paint and slowly you see a shape forming and a purpose in the picture that you didn't know at the beginning.

I know I want to paint and draw and be creative, can't wait to have time to draw again.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Bird Watching - A surprise, a Miracle?

Everyday little miracles happen, you just have to notice them.  Some of them may seem the smallest of things but have a huge impact. You just never now so I decided to day to try and notice them.


On Sunday I went birdwarching,  I never saw many birds although we had a group count of over 90.  But what  I did see were a giraffes, zebra, a bouchet of flowers in the middle on a field, natures own creation.  I had not expected to see any of that but there it was.  The bird watches missed lots of that and I miss a lot of the birds.

I noticed a small miracle today, is it a volcano, that simmers and then will explode one day and bring initial death then life to a value.  Perhaps.  God works in mysterious ways. 

Saturday, 21 October 2017

It May be While

As I am in transission, and travel right now, it may be a while till I update again.  Please mail me at dayle.mcculloch@gmail.com to get any updates. 

Life is an adventure & God is good all the time.

Live in the land and do good, do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love. 

Seek first His Righteousness and all else will follow. 

My lesson for the day.

Without your Justification, I would always be off cenntre.

I was studying Romans today and looked up the work Justification and was drawn to the defination found in typing.  As we type, the page of text is always crocket, or how ever you spell that, and if you justify the page, it no matter how the page is written, the program will always make the typing appear straight.  Wow, what a similarity it is with Christ, we set out each day and from the moment we open our eyes, we are not as straight as we would like to be, but Christ will continue to always Justify.  What an image and what a truth.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Quick Prayer Request

We have a lot of people on the ship sick, that is crew.

I would like to prayer that in the next few days I can stay healthy and of course for the crew on-board who are sick.  There is fever and diarrhoea, cold and vomiting and a few other symptoms too, this seems to last a week or two for most people.  Its been going on for the past few weeks and I have been fine but as I am so busy and getting a bit run down, I would not like to travel whilst being sick in this way. 


Sunday, 8 October 2017

Trip to Eco Waterfalls

We had a great day out and a long drive, we left at 7:30 in the morning and all meet on the dock and then headed to the central gate to meet the tour company, they were waiting for us and off we went.  The police at the gate signed us out as they like to look after us as we venture out.  There is quite a bit of unrest in the country at the moment which I will write about later, so there are some areas we are not allowed to go to and there are a lot of police around.

We were only stopped twice on the way there, other groups reported a lot more stops so we were fortunate.   On the way there we saw many plantations, we stopped off at at Kena making oil facility and I could not help but wonder about the lungs of the people who were involved in this process, the photos will follow and you will see what I mean.

We also stopped at a flower plantation and were fortunate enough to see some of the packing and production of the flowers and we took a walk though the flowers.  Our tour guide I nick names Hello Travel Agent as she kept on saying Hello Hello when we wanted to move us on and I was always the one in the back trying tons of photos, so I heard a lot of Hello hello to move me on.

We finally arrived at the Waterfall area for a lovely picnic lunch.  Our tour guide had cooked some wonderful rice and chicken which was so tasty and there was plenty of it, and we also had the most wonderful fresh pineapples.  It was a treat and she provided us with proper plates and cutlery.  Then we went off to see the waterfall, I guess the best way to explain that will be with the photos which I will put on as soon as they are downloaded.  They were beautiful and a few of us ventured down the long walk to the lookout were we could see another 3 waterfalls, from a different angle.  We got soaking wet but it was sooooo beautiful and totally worth it.

On the way back we needed to use the loo, this is always quite adventurous when you are travelling in Africa, its by the side of the road or in the bushes, to be honest,  I would have preferred the bushes to the toilet, next time I will remember.

We headed back and found that it was quite late, 4 pm by the time we left, we wouldn't be back for dinner then.  The drive back was fine and the adventure there was when it started to pour with rain and I heard Martha in the back seat saying, Dayle please take a photo, but I had unfortunately put my camera away, but I turned around and say the 3 in the back seat sitting with plastic around there head, as the water was seeping in the back seat.  Oh yes, twice as we were driving the back door flew open and thankfully the seats were  well in and we didn't loose anything.  This is Africa and I am going to miss these wonderful friends.







Thursday, 5 October 2017

Last Week

Work is going well, its very busy, we had waffle day today.  Packing has started and a week of lasts are happening again and I feel, how can I be leaving here when I love it so much.

Don't look back and don't consider the losses but celebrate what you have ahead is what I see, the mountain is still there even though I don't see it just yet.  I am encouraged to look forward to trust God in all things, to know He is calling me to a new season for a while anyway, He is always right and I do trust Him but its going to be hard.

Tomorrow I go to Eco Waterfalls, were Tarzan was made with a group of my close friends on-board, we are up early and off for the day.

Tonight was my last Thursday community meeting for a while anyway.  It was a great talk by Susan Parker, about being incarnation and what that means.

Monday, 2 October 2017

On the Wards

Tonight I popped down and meet young Kana, I had meet him yesterday at the award service and had got to tickle his toes.

This evening I had some cross stitch that Di had given me, I stopped by Lyndy to get some instructions on how to best do this craft and then headed down. The ward nurse directed me to Kana and his grandma who is his career whilst in hospital. She sleeps under his bed. 

Kana was up for a game of dominoes and beat me the first two games. The day crew from Cameroon are really lovely and one of them helped translate and was such a patient lovely lady.

The rest of the girls on the ward also wanted to do the cross stitch , this is always a big issues when going down. Luckily I had just enough except for one but luckily she was crouching and I had some spare wool. It is quite difficult really, you never know when you go down if you will be OK with just a couple of crafts or need more than you have.  I think on Wednesday, I will go back to the flowers as there is always enough to go around.