THE new session at John Tallach Secondary School commenced on 11th January. The Headmistress, Miss Marion Graham writes, “We still have huge problems getting work permits and we cannot understand the reason, as we work in the rural areas where few local professionals wish to go. . . However, this year, with help from the Minister of Home Affairs, we were eventually able to get permits for Sheena Ross who teaches Science and Bible Knowledge and Jake van Praag and his wife Nella.”
Speaking of the European staff she says, “Recently we were all involved in the wedding of Mr Teus Benschop, who has been teaching here, and Dr Jannette Hak who works at our hospital at Mbuma. Typically the church service and first feast was at the brides home, and then the second feast was here in Ingwenya for Teus. We were glad that both their families came from Holland and stayed on the Mission. Teuss feast was on a day of torrential rain, but we were able to accommodate the crowds. There were huge amounts of food a whole ox killed at each place, and everyone ate until satisfied the highest praise of all.”
The Rev. Donald A. Ross returned from a two months working visit to Sengera Mission. He reports that good progress has been made for the opening of the Outpatients Clinic. At the time of writing, the Rev. Dr James Tallach expected to fly out on 20th January, and hopes to return by the beginning of March.
The conversion of a part of the disused hospital into a church has proved to very successful. The pastorless congregation now has a bright, comfortable place of worship with excellent acoustics. May it prove to be a Bethel indeed to many souls in Sengera, and may the Lord raise up a pastor for them.