As of today - August 12th

A pleasant good morning to everyone! I'm doing well, but feel more than a little bit wiped out after the weekend. Yesterday we held the memorial and burial service for Mr. Arthur Tillett, and we continue to join with the family as they take a new step forward in their grief.

I spent a lot of time this past week in Georgeville, continuing to make as many connections and build as many relationships as possible. I would love to hold the first meeting of the Church Committee sometime this week, but another death in the family here (some several hours drive away) may prevent that from happening. We have a lot of subjects to address, especially before school starts in September.

I am very pleased to have been hooked up with an internet connection in my home over the past week!it is already saving me time and money, and I am very glad that we managed to get it put in. I am still waiting for my computer to return from the States where it was being repaired, but all in good time.

The most frustrating adventure I had last week revolved around an incident related to my visa. Without going into all the unpleasant details, immigration officials did not want to give me a one-month visa renewal as usual. We worked things out with the help of some higher-ups, but next month I will have to present further official documentation about my ministry here in Belize with full credentials.

And finally, on a very random note, I discovered this week, in the one (used) book store in town, a copy of C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters! It has been over a decade since I last read it, but the edition is the exact one that my parents owned whenI was growing up. I have really enjoyed taking a read again, and it's already given me a much needed boost. God knows exactly what he's doing and manages to get just the right kind of medicine into our hands.