Our graduates have graduated, closing week activities have ‘closed’ and it is officially summer break (though we try not to call it that, because there really is no such thing as ‘summer’ here). With that comes what many of us have come to call the ‘great white flight’ as a huge part of the missionary community heads to their various corners of the world for a few weeks. I finally sat down and looked at a calendar a couple of weeks ago and realized how little time we really have! Though I technically have about 4 and a half weeks, much of that will be filled with picking up administrative duties, taking over the management of our property here in Yaounde, trying to figure out what I am going to cover in my classes next year, and planning for (and hosting) incoming guests.
In case you haven’t heard, in addition to my teaching duties next year, I will be taking on the duties of Assistant Director at RFIS. Also, due to lack of hostel parents, our hostel will be closed next year. That means I will be the only member of my mission in Yaounde for the year, so the management of our property here falls to me as well. It is going to be a busy year!
This week has been my introduction to all of those duties, and it has been interesting. In theory there really isn’t much I need to do AT the school, though I am the only administrative team member available for nearly 2 weeks, so pray that all goes well and I don’t have to figure out what to do in the face of any major issues! Most of the work I am trying to get done is simply course planning for next year. Sadly much of that needs to be done though internet research, and we have been without internet for most of a week now. GRRRRR! The bright side is a little forced vacation from school work – and I have done a bunch of piecing on the quilt I have been planning for a while now! I have a long ways to go on it, but am SO excited by what I have done so far. I will try to post pictures when I post this blog (I am writing this on the 25th – day 5 without internet. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for me to be able to post it . . . )
The only other major situation in my world at the moment is the need for some dental work. I lost a filling a couple of months ago. Last month a whole piece of that tooth broke off, and now the damage has expanded to the point where it actually hurts. I can’t put it off any longer. My first root canal, and it is in Africa – YIKES! Dental work is difficult for me anywhere, so I am definitely not looking forward to it here, but I don’t have much of a choice. Pray for me!!!!! I go in for the first work on it tomorrow (26th), and it sounds like it will take until at least sometime in August before I get through all the steps. *sigh*
Update 29 June –
Survived the dentist appointment, but 3 days later I am still taking ibuprofen every 4 hours . . . not a great sign. I still don’t have internet up and running, but borrowed a portable hotspot from a friend so I could at least catch up on email and set up my computer to download all my email on the rare occasion I can get email so that I can hopefully get some work done the next time it is down (or next week if it still isn’t fixed). 4 hours later I have email caught up and cleaned out . . . remind me why I allow myself to be so dependent on technology….