For the last two weeks we have had a team from the Tweed Heads Salvation Army Corps which has been very exciting and tiring for us. It is the first time we have had a team in this country. We are excited that the Salvation Army has been exposed to East Timor – Australia’s last neighbour who does not yet have a Salvation Army presence. The video below shows what we were up to (around 9Mb - click on the video to start downloading it while you read). Photos dont seem to be uploading well.
The trip to Los Palos is a very long and “interesting trip” and there were quite a number of times the team felt led to whisper quiet prayers as our truck wound its way along cliff edge roads. Of course we had to break the trip with a snorkel at K41 – one of the most awesome places to snorkel.
Then there were all the usual oddities of a road trip in East Timor such as buffalo, rice paddies, strange vehicles, roadside produce and heaps of kids excited about a strange truckload of foreigners. Oh, and a little spot of late monsoonal rain that managed to drench the matresses. But that’s ok considering the truck that was in front of us carrying some of the building gear was held up by armed men. (I thought it best not to let the team know until now – if they get to read this.) One of the most interesting bits of cargo I was carrying was 4 lengths of guttering. The Timorese pastor had heard of this engineering phenomenon and asked if it might be possible to get some on the new building. After racking my brain over our 3 week break for some makeshift guttering idea, I actually came across some proper guttering in a shop in Dili! Wonders never cease.
A couple of the Team members were hairdressers and offered to train some of the locals. It turns out that Pastor Uli, the wife, had always dreamed of learning to be a hairdresser and couldn’t contain her excitement at the idea especially when she was offered the hairdressing equipment they had brought. The plans of God are amazing.
With two days to go on the job there was a mile of things I wanted to accomplish and the team was fast running out of energy. Then God sent along a Samoan electrician quite “out of the blue” and he spent a couple of days doing electrical work to pretty much Australian standards.
I thank God for keeping us safe in all aspects of the trip.