Upon returning to Timu last month, Terrill immediately started an Ik orthography workshop. He wanted to implement the knowledge he had learned at the last orthography workshop before it started to fade. He also desperately needed to do community testing of the alphabet and get it approved by people who actually speak the language. We are three weeks into this new workshop and it is due to end on Saturday. Praise God: Terrill has learned much about the language and has made progress in describing it.
So what are we gals doing while Terrill is away (the workshop is being held at our old compound)? Well, I'm still seeing a few patients every morning. I've narrowed my patient base down to children under 10 years old and wound care. The girls usually 'help out' in a number of ways and come alongside as I treat people. I hope it's teaching them about compassion and serving others.
When we're not seeing patients, the girls can often be found at their coloring table. Janet is on a rainbow kick and likes to make everything multi-colored. Lemu is still learning to sit at a table for longer than five minutes. We're trying to learn to focus on a project for a longer time period with her.
They both love to help in the kitchen. Last week I let Lemu mix the guacamole up. It was half gone by the time I got it on the table. But I suppose avocado is healthier to lick up than cake or cookie batter. They are also good at helping to make hummus and making sure it is seasoned correctly. It takes a good number of licks to confirm it is just right.