Do you ever have one of those weeks where you are so busy that it just flies by in a blur? It was like that for us this past week. Exhausting but good!
Monday was not even a week ago and yet it seems like eons. We left our house around 7am to pick up Jen, and then on to pick up a team from the World Race. ( They were incredible!) And then from there we left to get Oscar, our translator. The team came along with us and even did parts of the lesson and acted out parts of the Bible story, and the game. We are teacing the children the Beatitudes this year. Some of them shared their story with the children and asked them if they wanted Jesus to be their forever friend and many of them answered, “Si!”
Tuesday morning, I went to the ladies bible study. In the afternoon we were busy until almost dinner time getting supplies for the lessons and copies made and what not.
Wednesday was another day of teaching in the schools. We taught a full morning at one school and then in the afternoon we taught Kínder in another. These kids were so good. They seem to love the lesson about Jonah and how God wants us to listen and obey. And they love to color. We gave them a colouring sheet and we were amazed at how well they stayed in the lines at 4 or 5 years old.Incredible.
Thursday morning was an exciting day! Let me explain….When our last team from Canada was here they began to build a new school for Mary Flakes Kínder. Just the year before they were here and painted the old run down wooden shack that was home to not just one but two kínder classes. This is a before the paint pic. But even with the new paint, the building was not all that secure. They were broken into in the past; despite a fence that the team built around it, and had some things stolen from the classrooms. Difficult to imagine why, when they have so little to begin with. Who steals from children? The desire was to build them a new school. One that was safe and secure for the children. A building that was not so crowded, but more spacious.
Thursday morning was the dedication of the new building. The director and other Kinder teacher were so excited. It was a very emotionaly charged day. Parents and children lined up as the ribbon was cut and the building dedicated to the glory of God. Kathy blogged about that day and you can read about it here.
Let me just add that it was all very humbling. They sat us at as a staff of Schools of hope in a place of honour at the front of the classroom. Honestly that was a little awkward because I am not one to like being the center of attention. They served us a beautiful cake. A cake that you know they had to do without something to be able to afford it. They sacrificed to honour us. They appreciated the new building so much. They served us homemade empanadas, and we were told it meant a lot to them that we would eat their food. They were delicious too! I wish I had a photo of them and that amazing cake!
We had no idea they would be doing that. I had bought cookies at PriceSmart and decorated them with smiley faces. Our thought was it would be less messy than buying cake and taking the chance of getting cake crumbs all over the floor of their new school. And then we would need forks and plates…
Near the end of the dedication, Dale had to slip out and go to one of the schools to hand out Bible bucks to all the children who learned their scripture verse. Then the afternoon was spent teaching 7 more classes at Maria Elana School.
Friday was our weekly staff meeting. Each week we gather for prayer and discussion of our last week and things to come on the calendar.. We are going through the book Draw the Circle.as well. This week was a special week for Dale because he was given Cadbury cream eggs. His favorite and you cannot buy them here. The rest of us were given Lindor chocolate and, chocolate covered marshmallows. What a better way to end an exhausting work week than with chocolate!