A pastor in Mali has been given some money to purchase an ensemble of computer and office equipment for his ministry. Because this is one of John’s areas of expertise, he has asked John to help. Computers are expensive in Mali, so we have been looking for his equipment here in Switzerland. The prices and selection aren’t as good as in the States, however they are much better than Mali and it will be cheaper and easier for us to bring things back in our luggage rather that having it shipped from the U.S. John has spent a lot of time scanning ads and visiting many stores to find the best equipment and prices. It turns out, there is a very good on-line resource in Switzerland and he’s been able to order everything online and have it delivered to our house. He did have to overcome the challenge of the website being primarily in German, a language used equally if not more here in Switzerland than French. But he managed to get everything the pastor is looking for at a good price. We continue to be amazed by the efficiency of things in Switzerland. John placed the bulk of the computer order yesterday at 3:00pm our time. At 7:00 this morning, the mailman was knocking on our door with the order in hand! Oh yes…let’s not forget the site offered free delivery! If you’re ever in Switzerland and in need of computer equipment, be sure to check out www.internet.ch. We give them a very high recommendation.
Cole has been sick with a cold and the flu this week. He’s been able to make it to a couple of classes, but for the most part, he’s been sick and miserable. Please keep him in your prayers. Our schedule is going to be increasing as our time in Switzerland is beginning to run out. This weekend in particular is going to be extra busy as this Saturday is Switzerland’s independence day. It’s celebrated with all the hype and activity associated with the 4th of July in the States and we’re expecting a pretty full social calendar.