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Beckendorf July Update

immanuelosmond | 03 July, 2020 10:08

Dear Friends, Greetings again from Botswana.

Another short update from us this month, there is still not much happening on which to report. Restrictions are continuing to slowly being eased and stores are mostly open, though there are still restrictions and regulations as to how many people can congregate and cleaning and temperature-taking requirements are in effect. Travel is opening up a little more, but with South Africa reporting exponentially more cases of the virus each day there is a very good possibility we could become more restricted again.

The translation office opened up again for work the last half of June. Unfortunately, when everyone first met and Tim was able to find out what all had been accomplished during the time of lock-down he was disappointed to find out that Splash had had no access to electricity and so couldn't run his computer. Moses' eyes have gotten so bad that he is, for all practical purposes, blind and can't see well enough to do any writing or work on a computer (before the Coronavirus hit we had planned on taking him and another friend we have and going to Namibia to an eye specialist there -- that is now on hold indefinitely). Moronga has gotten some verses done, though not as many as we had hoped for. Since the office has been re-opened Moronga and Tim have been working on the book of Daniel. However, because of fuel shortages Tim is not driving in to work each day and that is also slowing things down.

Things continue to go well on the home-front; homeschooling is going well. However, it looks like Botswana will not re-open borders in the near future -- the latest scuttlebutt is that borders will be closed until the new year. This means that we will not be able to take our usual furlough this year. It also means all mail in or out of the country has been suspended. I am beginning to be concerned about what this means for our homeschooling -- we have enough to keep going for about 10 weeks but after that we will need to have something new on hand.

We continue to appreciate living on a farm. The other day I (Lisa) decided I needed to get some exercise, so I went to walk the fence-line that borders the farm. About 10 minutes into my walk I realized that what I was looking at on the other side of the fence was a huge elephant . . . no, two elephants . . . uh, four elephants about 50 feet from me. The lead elephant and I saw each other at about the same time, and I think we both surprised each other, we all stopped dead. Thank goodness the tall electric fence was between me and them! Then the lead elephant took a few steps and brought his ears forward (a warning sign) and I hightailed it into the nearby bush so they couldn't see me. The elephants turned around and went back the way they came, and I climbed out of the bush and beat a hasty retreat back home. Telling Tim of my adventure that evening he remarked afterwards "You know that the electric fence isn't on, right?"


- Thanksgiving for supplies and friends who share.

- Thanksgiving that restrictions are being lifted (slowly).

- Thanksgiving for good health and safety.


* Please pray that the work will continue according to God's timing.

* Please pray that our team will reach our goal for the year.

* Please pray Botswana will be spared the severity of the Coronavirus that South Africa is experiencing.

Thank you again for all of your prayers on our behalf.

Tim, Lisa, Aaron & Andrew Beckendorf

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