It’s 6:30am and the alarm goes. It’s time for my exercise workout. It may be early but just one minute into my workout the sweat is pouring from me. It’s around 30ºC this morning and the humidity is through the roof.
One hour later, and the workout’s complete. HOORAY!!!
Next on the schedule is a cold shower to cool down, then breakfast and some God time. One of the good things about life here is that work starts later so I have loads of time in the morning.
It’s 9am and I’m out the door. It’s a five minute walk to work but I have to allow for an extra five minutes to talk with Aunty – a lovely widow in her 70s whose smile makes my day.
We start the week with a prayer meeting. It’s a great chance to catch up on what’s happening in the coming days and commit it to God.
10am sees us heading downstairs to join the ladies for morning devotions. It’s one of the highlights of my day to be able to join in song with our ladies as we worship God together.
10:30am and I head back upstairs to check email and prepare for the rest of the day. On the way a couple of ladies stop me. “Didi ami onek betha ache kichu molum debe,” or, “Sister, I am sore have you got any cream.” I dispense a few rounds of the beta molum or pain gel and I’m quickly back on my way again.
Health checks are in store for today. I ask Production which department is under the least pressure and start checking ladies from there.
Today there are no big alarm bells going off. Everyone seems well, just a few minor ailments.
Somewhere in there was cha time, a chance to sit and relax, laugh and joke with the ladies. They have decided my name sounds very similar to a car horn so we have a few chuckles about this.
At 2pm I’m off home for lunch, then to my language helper at 3. We talk, I read, we discuss what I read. All this Bangla makes my head hurt a little.
5pm and Bangla with the helper is over. I’m off to the community. We talk and meet with new ladies looking for freedom. Several good chats and cups of cha later we make it back to the office for closing devotions and prayer.
Work is done and I’m off to hang with some local friends and have another cup of cha before dinner. We talk about life and work and all the usual things you talk to your mates about.
8pm and I’m home. I wasn’t on cooking tonight so there’s food ready and waiting – yum. Dishes done, and I put my feet up, read my book, check my facebook. :)
10.30pm and it’s off to bed.
What an awesome day and an awesome privilege to do life with this group of women.
• Pip is a trained nurse who currently serves overseas with tranzsend. She shares what a typical Monday is like for her.