Sunday, December 4, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
School here in the DR is going great. We have had a lot of great things happen. A lot of things that do not happen in normal schools, ranging from hilarious things to really deep things. Here are two.
I was actually not there for the first one so I will not steal Glenn's thunder but I will let you know what happened. We had a snake in the rafters of our classroom. I will let Glenn tell the rest of the story but I will spoil one for thing. They proceeded to dissect it and out pops a full size rat, pretty gross.
Another one was an experience that I had with on of my boys in our one on one time this week. His name is Anderson and is quickly becoming one of our best students. Not only is he very intelligent but he is a great student. (And there is a huge difference there and great students are much harder for us to come by). That is not why I blog about him.
The other day we were writing letters to our sponsors. Anderson wrote his and I helped him but after I wrote a response to what he had written. The whole meaning of what I was writing was telling the Winchester Youth Group (Anderson's sponsors) just how proud of him I was. I am so proud of how much he is growing and how much our relationship is growing.
Actually at the first of the year in one of our team devos I prayed about him because of how I was not seeing our relationship growing.
Well, as I was reading I looked at him and he had such a loving look on his face it made me cry. I finally made it through what I had written. He gave me a hug and told me that he loved me.
I am so excited about my relationship with Anderson and ask that you pray for us as we all continue in our relationships with our disciples.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Manna Christian School is now a reality.
Its sounds crazy to me to even say that but after a few days of school I have to realize that it is true.
On day one when our kids arrived they had a reaction I believe that
no one expected. They were excited but usually when our kids are excited it is hard to get them under control. Along with their excitement they almost looked scared or confused. They were so tranquil it was hard even getting some of them to talk (that did not last long but we had a few hours of peace). We are all entering into new roles as we start this school and we are all trying to get used to it.
Classes are going great. Our students are learning lots of English. They are seeing a new kind of education that is not just copying words from one page to another. Things are going amazing.
I can not thank all of you for what you have all done for us. Thank you all for the prayers. We have had so many encouraging words sent this way for our school and we are all so thankful.
I joked about only having a few hours of peace but I do feel a sens
e of peace among all of us. This just seems right for right now. And for that no obnoxious student, no unexpected challenge that comes up, nor any hard days can get in the way of the endless peace that God provides. No, we do not feel one hundred percent at peace all of the time, but we
do know that this project is protected and covered by the Holy Spirit and that is a peace that passes all earthly understanding.
Much love from the Dominican Republic,