Monday, August 31, 2015

Tina Gets a Compliment

My hard working wife Tina got a nice compliment here in Puerto Rico. I know she is amazing. It is nice when others get to see what I notice every day. Here is what a fellow worker said about her:

"I am so thankful for and proud of my partner in crime and shopping buddy, Tina Prelgovisk. This lady is incredible!

With shoulder and wrist issues that would put anyone else out of spirits, she pushes through.

We literally pray for sales and try so hard to be thrifty with the college's weekly groceries.

Last week, Tina and I hit a gold mine...120 lbs of chicken for $40= 30 cents a lb! We were able to buy ahead and come out on top this week by being careful.

She is a modern-day virtuous woman: "She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night...She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness...Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." (Proverbs 31:14-18,27,31)

Thanks Tina Prelgovisk, for being such a great example and for teaching me to value a good work ethic. Love you!"

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A request for an odd weather prayer.

It is an odd sensation to hear about a hurricane zeroing in on your location and feel: "Finally! it's about time!"

With the water rationing in effect and the reservoirs so low, the rain the hurricane brings is badly needed. Of course, we would rather have the rain without the storm, but at this stage, most would welcome the rain no matter in what form it appears.

Please pray for our safety. I usually ask for pray for the hurricane to miss us, but not this time. 

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Water Rationing Challenging for a Baptist Missionary

There is a severe drought in Puerto Rico now and water rationing is mandatory. Being a Baptist makes it more challenging.

Before the Drought
The water rationing is progressively getting more onerous. We thought it was bad when we had water every other day. Now we have water two days off and one day on. Next week it will go to three days off and one day on.

Drinking water we can buy, but flushing toilets, showers and washing clothes prove to be a bigger challenge. We might not get thirsty in our home, but our home can certainly get stinky.

My wife Tina is faced with the challenge of cooking for our Bible college. Preparing meals for 50 during water outages is what she will be facing when the students return. She is going to work this coming Monday. Our Bible college kids will also face dorm life and limited water during this time.

After the Drought, During Rationing
Water rationing can be a problem for a Baptist who wants to have a Baptist baptistery. We like to have enough water on hand for baptisms of the complete submersion type. Before the drought began,  the above ground pool we use for baptisms and as a cistern was damaged and developed a leak.  We have acquired the liner and things we need to repair it, but with the water rationing in place, we have chosen to leave it empty.

Additionally, here is a $250 fine for what the Government considers as non-essential use of water. I doubt the Government would consider Baptist practises essential usage, especially if the Baptistry/cistern looks like an outdoor pool.

Please remember us during this time of shortages and rationing. Your prayers and encouragement are the refreshment that we need.

Puerto Ricans Learn How to Live Without Water Amid Punishing Drought