Thirty three vowels

It has been two and a half months since Maarten and Mirjam and family arrived in Southeast Asia and they are very thankful to say that they’re doing well. Most of them had some minor sicknesses while they were adapting to a new lifestyle and climate. At the moment they’re at the beginning of rainy season but so far there hasn’t been a lot of rain and the farmers are concerned for their crops.
Life is focused primarily on learning the language and culture. Many hours are spent on trying to learn the strange words and sounds. The language has the largest alphabet in the world with only 33 vowels! However, the grammar seems to be a lot easier so that will be a big help.
Maarten and Mirjam are encouraged to see how God is working everything out and that they can follow Him. They’re very grateful that they have a very nice language helper. He and his wife are lovely people and are eager to help Maarten and Mirjam whenever and with whatever they ask them.
Maarten and Mirjam are grateful for the years of teaching they had at North Cotes College. They can now see that the training really matches reality and they are putting the theory into practice. So for all the teachers and others who played a part in their lives Maarten and Mirjam say THANK YOU.
They have found a house to live in which is located in a quiet neighbourhood and it seems that there will be more ways for them to make contacts and friends. Pray for Maarten and Mirjam as they seek ways to minister to and serve the people in the area. Another prayer point is that they will know which church to attend as there are several small churches in the town.
Maarten relates a recent funny story. “As usual I went to the market in the morning to buy fresh meat, fruit and vegetables and I always park my moto (motorcycle) on the same spot. When I finished shopping, I went back and tried to find my moto between all the others but it was gone. What to do now?! The moto wasn’t mine and the owners are currently in the USA. People saw me searching and told me that the police took the moto. Because I didn’t know where to go a man offered to take me to the police station for 2000 riel ($0.50). Well there I was at the police station trying to explain why I was there. Thankfully there was a man who spoke some English. At First the moto wasn’t there and the police told me that I had to go back to search for it and to find out who took my moto…. How on earth would I be able to do that? Just when I was about to leave, a police car arrived with my moto. Then they needed to see papers which I didn’t have and they said that the owner of the moto had to come to pick it up. This of course wasn’t possible either. In the end they said all kinds of things about paying a fine, but because this was my first offence they would let me go if I would pay 20.000 riel ($5) for the petrol in their car….I was relieved when I could go home on the moto.”

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