Life has returned to its normal fast pace, yet I look at my new office clock and see that it's half-past "Just Now". (It's an African Time clock.) How we manage to keep such an unbelievably full schedule and fast pace amidst the slowness of African life always boggles the minds of people who come visit (and new staff members and interns!).
The presumption is that the ministry is laid back and slow, just like the Basotho are. Yet it's as though Thrive Africa has its own culture amidst the Basotho culture. While we still have the challenges of getting the Basotho to show up on time, register for events, or plan past today, on a day-to-day basis in the inner-workings of the ministry, things move pretty quickly. Our staff, like us, always tend to have more on their plate at one time than they can really deal with. But if we didn't need to rely on God, it wouldn't be a faith walk, now would it?
There are tons of pressing things right now that are keeping us all very busy and very in-prayer. Our school and after-school programs begin February 6 and so much needs to happen by then - including the printing of curriculums on a very large scale. The resources are yet to be there to accomplish this; "yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!" (Lamentations 3:21-22)
The tremendous difference between African time and Thrive time is but a drop in the bucket compared to the difference between our time and God's time. Even when we can't see it or feel it, God's timing is perfect.
I think I need to get a "God's Time" clock...