Boxing Day (Dec. 26th) & critters

Okay, I have a rat in my kitchen, which actually is a room separated from the main house by a porch, and I have a snake in our outside storeroom, and Roy is still in Yaounde and soon to be on his way to Lyon, France, because his tooth problem, with 4 excruciating visits for a root canal to the (one and only) Yaounde dentist has ended up with a still painful and swollen mouth and tooth and jaw. So, what do I do? For the rat, and I mean rat, not mouse – I have seen it 3 times now, scurrying into the back of the instrument panel on our washer. I set up a trap, a small usual mousetrap, but the guy just ate the peanut butter off it. So I have reverted to our Congo style trap. I had to laugh, because my friend Susan, when invited to see this trap, asked, “Oh, is it on the floor?” The answer is yes. Here’s the trap:rat-trap
So, the rat goes out to the end of the stick to eat the peanut butter and PLOP! into the barrel! Ha! Well, it hasn’t worked in 3 nights yet, so maybe on Monday we’ll have to take the washing machine out on the porch and “smoke/bugspray” him out!
The snake is another problem altogether. He is in Roy’s workshop/storeroom, which is like a garage in contents; (ie every kind of tool, fuel barrels, bikes to be repaired etc) stuff stacked everywhere, but only has a people sized door. I saw the snake as I was getting a box for sending Fulfulde Ajamiya script scripture books to a village. The snake was at the door, a 10″ long black one. I turned my head to look for a weapon, and in it went!!! It’s still in there and will have to wait for my knight in shining armor to get back. Rats in the washer I can handle. Snakes in the cluttered storeroom? Uh-uh.
Hey, you want to read more about life here at Gamboula? The Turks’ homeschool teacher has a wonderful way with words and a great sense of humor. Go to

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As Covenant missionaries, we are working with all the tribal groups of the Central African Republic (CAR) but are trying to give special attention to the Fulani, a Musxlim, cattle herding, and semi-nomadic people group. We live on an experimental/training farm, near a mission station which has a hospital plus bible and nursing schools. We are establishing relationships with the local people groups through compassion ministries; Roy through agriculture and Aleta through public health and visitation, in order, ultimately, to share the good news of Jesus the Messiah with them. CAR is one of the least developed countries in the world and is currently in continual crisis (since the coup in March 2013), so reaching out in compassion is key to reaching their hearts. Due to the ongoing conflict and resultant ethnic cleansing in CAR, we are crossing the border to interact with our Fulani contacts.
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