Here at Shiloh we get to do all sorts of things that are not, strictly speaking, in the job description. Like right now for example. Friends in the U.S. are considering coming out here to Yaounde and spending two and a half months exploring ministry opportunities. They have called upon us to help they find some housing options. Since Papa Jim and Mama Alice will never, ever forget being in that exact same situation back in 2002, we are more than happy to help others out. We kind of had to discover things on our own. It was a real challenge, but God was faithful as He always is. We are eager to help others have an easier time of it than we had.
And of course there are the calls for Papa Jim's considerable Jack-of-All-Trades expertise. Unless he is out of town, he is most happy to drop everything and rush to aid or all sorts of people. It could be a plumbing crisis, or an electrical crisis, or the need for a GOOD small or large appliance repair man, or maybe just someone needing a hair cut. Make a note of this. You may need his help someday. Papa Jim is the man!
Currently we are helping a bride-to-be get a lovely wedding gown re-made to her size and shape. And we are also helping fellow missionaries who are living in exile right now due to the civil unrest, by letting them use our P.O. Box. They have one of their own, but it is in the heart of the war zone. And of course there are the endless opportunities to counsel and encourage people of every size and shape, every walk of life, every color of skin, male, female, young, old, single, married, widowed. Our door is always open to those in need of a listening ear, a hug, a word of encouragement, and someone to pray with and for them.
Well the list could go on and on, but you get the idea. We have the high honor of doing all sorts of things here at Shiloh that are not, strictly speaking, in the job description. And we are blessed beyond measure.