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Published: March 20th 2008
It Is Finished!
Finally, from finances to paint. The village has something to really be proud of. Village residents as well as students worked so hard on this project. They provided all of the manual labor, carring water, making mud bricks by hand, mixing cement, carring lumber from the bush etc. "Thank You" to everyone who has invested in this project in one way or another.
I have three titles for this week’s blog entry. I can’t decide on which one to use. So I’ll use all three, one at a time.
“It is finished” … The last words that Jesus spoke. As it is Easter Week it seems only right to begin with this title. My focus in using these words is slightly different. I am referring to the school building. It Is Finished! Completely built AND painted! It’s been a long slow process but it is done and it’s beautiful. The village people and students love it and are very proud of it. - By the way, did you know that Jesus prays for you? The bible tells us that He is seated at the right hand of God the Father. “Prayer” is simply talking to God. Jesus continually has our best interest in mind and is talking to God regarding our life and situations. If you don’t already make it a weekly habit, Easter is a good time to visit your local church.
“I’m In Heaven”
It’s avocado season once again. Oh how I love them!! I could peal and eat a whole one with every meal. My father believes using
Our part time, "real math teacher" is well liked by the students.
steak sauce on a steak is a terrible thing to do. He says, “It covers the flavor of the steak.” I feel the same when it comes to guacamole. I do like it but also think it’s an awful thing to do to an avocado that’s ripened on the tree! Mmm, mmm, good!
“You Need More Heart”
From “Avocado Heaven”, I have to pull myself out of the clouds and back to reality at the school.
Being the primary teacher for grades 1st-6th, over time, I eventually work myself into a tizzy while jumping from one class to another. Until I once again get a grip and remind myself; “A little is much with God” and “We ARE making a very slow but sure difference, so relax.” We have students so eager to learn but often times slow to absorb and change. We had a short, three day week due to the Easter Holiday. I feel like each day that passes is an opportunity. Also, each evening I don’t have extra classes is an opportunity missed.
Our math teacher, Mr. Roberts, was with us this past week. The students enjoy his calm, gentle manner. The 3rd &
Enoch is one of Kirk's friends who is also using his spare time to help at the school. He helps with reading and the students favorite - evening devotions.
4th grade students told Kirk, “Mr. Roberts is a REAL math teacher”. My reaction: “Aahhumm, Excuse me! I am the only OTHER math teacher you have. What are you trying to say here?” Bro. Enoch, the second part time teacher, told me this week, “You need more heart”. “Oh,” is all the response I had. He was simply saying, “Be patient. Give them time”. These comments just make me laugh. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a lousy math teacher! I enjoy, and am good with, Reading/English subjects. But when it comes to math, I get totally frustrated when the students don’t “get it” and most of all “keep” what I’m teaching. So yes, Bro Enoch has good advice for me.
Yes, we need teachers but the “teachers” do not have to be licensed. If you (or a friend) are interested in experiencing another culture, have a high school diploma, can read, write and do basic math, we have a job for you. For more information simply send me a “comment” or private “message” with the link below.
Thank you Nancy, it’s a DVD holiday weekend for us! They arrived late this afternoon: “School House Rock”,
Here he is, "Teddy Bear" the tree hyrax also known as a "tree bear". He's the size of my hand from wrist to finger tip, adorable and very friendly - for now.
“Song of the South” (remember Uncle Remis singing “Zippity-do-da. Zippity-aey. My, oh my, what a wonderful day.” thanks Daddy for the help in locating this one). Lastly, “Doctor Dolittle”, singing, “If I could talk to the animals … Just imagine it … Chatting with a chimpanzee…” With “Teddy” the hyrax now living with us it seems only appropriate that we begin with “Doctor Dolittle”. That is, once the rain storm passes and the electricity is switched back on.
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