This is Mati in her labor and delivery lean-to just before 6pm today. It’s now almost 9pm and it’s been raining for about two hours. The lean-to has been upgraded with the Chappells’ tarp, but she is still sitting on the ground in the rain in the dark waiting on her baby.


Lest we lose sight of why we are here–and why we toil day after day to learn this language–we have regular reminders that we are living in a land of darkness and confusion. Here are two recent examples: