Africa. There’s nothing polished about it. It is raw and gritty. But God can certainly use it to expose and make us vulnerable. It’s not for the weak or faint of heart….however, if you can by Christ’s power bear up under it, then I believe something beautiful can emerge for God’s honor.
March. In March we celebrated Faith’s 12th birthday. Thank you, by the way, to those of you who remembered to wish her a Happy Birthday. It was by far the most different/difficult one for her. Thankfully, we were able to get her a cake, and the Wiegands were kind enough to invite us over for a swim! Good times.
Faith and Grace have made some friends here in Africa. Almost daily the neighborhood children come over to the house to play. It is sweet to see this interaction….and my heart is warmed to see our children making friends.
We are heading into the winter months here in Zambia. It would be equivalent to our fall season. Cold crisp mornings, with hot clear sunny days, and cooler comfortable temperatures in the evening. It’s actually quite beautiful. Because we’re heading into the dry season, there are many shortages of water and electricity. We have water early in the morning, but then it cuts out for most of the day, and turns back on in the evening. Lately, the electricity has been turning off in the evening. The other night the WHOLE COUNTRY was without power – I believe that a dam broke, and ALL businesses ground to a halt. Some were blessed enough to have generators which gave them a couple of hours of electricity. You can imagine what it’s like to be sitting in complete darkness…..it certainly makes for interesting conversation. This would be the perfect opportunity to share life’s most embarrassing moments (nyuk nyuk).
In other news, we had the ministry of health administer the tetanus vaccine at the school. Just about 450 children lined up over a two-day span.
Also, Bro. Adrian Brdarski was kind enough to arrange a donation of new soccer jerseys which we brought with us in February.
At the school – there’s so much work to be done! Bob Waite (I mentioned him in an earlier blog post – the Texan educator) stressed that our class size is simply too large. We will be running a babysitting service and NOT a school unless we split the classes. There are currently 50 – 60 children per class – any educator reading this would probably be cringing right now. This is a huge struggle! Yes, feeding the kids is key – but if we’re going to make a DIFFERENCE in the lives of these children, then we must do everything possible to ensure that we TEACH them as effectively as possible. Another issue that is setting us back at this point is the fact that the kids do not know English. You may think that’s arrogant of
me…seeing that I’m from the West, but you have to understand…..the CURRICULUM is in….English! All the exams are in English! This frustrates some of the progressive teachers as well!
Currently the school children are on break……classes resume on the 11th of May. Dennis and I are preparing the teachers for the new term, while Sarah is helping Faith and Grace with homeschooling. When the new term starts, Sarah goes back to the school early in the morning and helps the cooks with the feeding program. She has been trying to train the cooks to work efficiently, so that the feeding program runs smoothly. Also, Sarah along with Faith and Grace were painting at the school this week. The paint that they use here is so watery that most of the paint ends up on the painter and not on the wall.