That is sort of the way our mission is going here at MPH. If we look at the big picture it can seem like that elephant, so enormous and overwhelming. So we are taking it one day at a time, counting our small accomplishments as you would count each bite it takes to devour that entire elephant.
Cindy is slowly getting a handle on registrations from guests requesting to stay here, or use our conference facilities, as well as issues with the personnel. Most of the S.O.P. has been developed, if not enforced. She is helping to implement into an efficient workable practice. It is hard to convince the staff that it is ok not to be booked to capacity if your focus is providing quality service to each guest. As with most things here in Congo, the mindset is that if a little is good, more must be better. Cindy is teaching the concept of do your best with the little and as more is added the quality will remain.
Clay has been progressing slow and steadily into getting the guesthouse back into repair. Each task is a learning experience for both him and for Baba, the maintenance person. They are learning from each other the best technique for getting a project accomplished, as well as teaching their respective languages to each other as they work with the various tools and materials of their trade.
Sometimes the elephant looms in the darkness like a giant that can never be totally digested. However, in the light of day, you can see the bite marks and the missing flesh as it being eaten one bite at a time.
We thank our guests that have noticed the small changes and improvements. Their comments of approval and encouragement keep our appetites hungering for more of the elephant. We thank Jesus for the strength He gives us to move forward toward His goals, and for using the people around us to guide us in our efforts. We thank you readers for your emails and posts of encouragement, love, support.