Visiting the Lifesong School in Garneton
Last week we had the privilege of being invited to a seminar that was hosted by the team at Lifesong Garneton (Garneton is about 30 mins away from us – this is where some of the members of the Apostolic Christian Church of America work). Dr. Bob Waite, a principal from Dallas, Texas, was presenting a topic, and two van loads – including all the teachers and Ken – from our school went in support of this event. Dr. Bob spoke about a number of things, but he emphasized the point that the primary purpose of a teachers is to lead his or her pupils to Christ. Beyond that, he gave the teachers some pointers on how to stay focused in the classroom and to stay on point in the lesson. Furthermore, he encouraged the teachers to be diligent in both areas of life; as believers and as teachers. We were really excited to be able to meet him, and were ready to bombard him with a series of questions after he was finished presenting. He has been to Zambia a number of times, so he is well aware of what the educational system is like… or lacking.
On Sunday, we were pleased to have Eric Weigan, his family, and Caleb visiting with us at our home for morning worship. Eric and his wife Kerry are from the Sister Church in Indiana, and Caleb is a Brother from Bloomington, Illinois. Eric is quite prolific at playing the guitar, so we sang hymns and Dennis led the bible study. We read from John 15, where Jesus likens the Christian walk to the vine.
Dennis had the cafeteria doors fixed so that it would discourage the community from stealing the food stored inside. Also, some of the children would manage to squeeze through the bars and vandalize the inside of the cafeteria. Dennis was commenting that it is so different when you’re here long-term, rather than on a 2 week work team trip. There’s always something going on that needs repair, or general supervision.
On another note….the other day I asked Grace if she wanted me to book a flight home. She replied, “I would really love to Mommy, but I know that God wants us here, so we have to stay!” Out of the mouth of babes…