Possibly my favourite time on Sunday is the bus run. I leave home and pick up a lady who comes with me to two hostels in town where some of our church stay. The people I pick up are amazing. Some of them are renowned artists, and yet you wouldn’t know it. Some of them are so sick that they find it hard to walk up the 2 steps to get into the bus, and on their way out they have to sit down to get out. My heart breaks. I have been looking at ways to make our bus more easily accessible for people in walkers and wheelchairs, to make it more dignified for these precious people who can’t wait to come to church. If I am later than 9am to pick them up, they tell me I’m late 🙂 (our service only starts at 10 and we are less than 5 minutes away). Church for them is the highlight of their week.
Sometimes (more often than not) we get to go on an adventure. We’re driving and we’ll get almost to church and they’ll say “Kungka (girl), can you go get my brother/ sister from ………. “and so the adventure begins :-). One day we headed out through the pass (for those of you who know Alice, it is the way out of town,on the other side of the ranges). They told me we were going to Karnte (kunda) camp. So we go, after travelling for a few minutes they tell me to turn off the highway to the right and then follow the road which looks like it leads to nowhere. If it was at night I would have thought they were trying to get rid of me :-). I said “where are you taking me?” and they just laughed and ushered me on with a wave of their hand.
Well we arrive at the camp and we say which house? And they say “the new one” which could be any of 5 new houses there. I finally pull up in front of the house they agree on and they tell me to go knock on the door, but there was no Bob there. So we go around the other side of the camp and this lady waves us down and asks whether I’ll drive her to the shop. I said “no, but I’ll take you to church”. Before I know it, she is on the bus and all these people from what seem out of nowhere stream on the bus and even try to fit into the boot as there are not enough sets. I tell them sorry, but I can’t take them all. So some get out. The lady who first got in was holding a baby and asked if we could go back around to the other side of the camp to pick up her pram, so back we go and then head off on our way, without Bob who we came for, but with 10 others that we were not anticipating.
Now I assumed that when we got out at church that they would all just get out of the bus and leave to go to the shops where they were hoping to get a lift to in the first place, but ALL of them stuck around, went into church and stayed for the whole service and looked liked they enjoyed themselves.
This is only one of the many adventures, one week we were told that someone was staying at a camp and it was the green house on the left. Well we arrive at the camp and there are green houses everywhere… but that’s another story…. Sometimes I think, if only I could learn the language really quick then I’d be right, but what language do I learn? There are so many here. I think the main language that I need to speak is that of love and respect, which is the language that my Lord Jesus speaks, so I’ll just need to make sure I spend as much time as I can with him so I can know this language more fluently.
On the side- for those of you are pray-ers, please pray for provision to fix or replace our bigger bus. It recently began overheating and the mechanic said yesterday it has a cracked head, which is not a cheap thing to replace… We need the bus to pick up people for church (there are other people who do a different bus run whilst I do one), but also for when the outreach teams come. We have a creative God who is not short on provision for his children, so when you remember please pray, thanks.