Somehow I was able to convince Andie to go on a short walk with me this morning to stretch our legs and fill our lungs with some Bay of Bengal ocean air. But it was humid and that walk did not last very long.
Beware of the constipated man!
The locals were headed off to work.
The purpose of this trip is to further develop relationships with the local contacts that Sam has been investing in over the past 10+ years. Four years ago, Sam was invited to start a Bible school but the timing wasn't right. As we investigate God's direction on this opportunity, we are taking time to meet with the local leaders and further learn the culture. It is a similar path that we took in India.
The locals want us to hold multiple conferences, but that is not why we are here this time. So as a compromise, we have agreed to hold a couple mini marriage conferences.
Today was our first as we spoke to around 50 people, mostly women. This is a fishing community where they earn only a few dollars every day.
Afterwards, we visited the pastor's new house. He waited three years to receive the land from the Sri Lankan government's tsunami relief program. It took another 7 months to build his small 4 room house. The cool thing is how the pastors get together to help each other. One is experienced in electrical, another the roofs, another the structure, etc. It is definitely a community effort.
We said goodbye and headed north to Trincomalee for the night. Four hours later we were at the hotel and off to bed.