Quote of the week: "Are they still small enough to be flushable?" -Cory's response to the girls finding 2 newborn kittens in our backyard. This brings the cat count to 7 at our house. SEVEN!!!
Today we began an exciting new program at our El Menco church. We are teaching the people there to read and do basic math skills! The coolest thing about this program is that it wasn't our idea. It was the idea of one of our 18 year old students, Guissell. She said their situation was heavy on her heart and she wanted to help them.
She has been talking with the people there about how difficult it is to get to their elementary school. They have to walk for miles and when the lake water is high because of wind or storms, they even have to wade through water in places. Because of these circumstances, their attendance in school is sporadic. There isn't even a secondary school within walking distance for these kids, so there isn't much motivation to try to finish elementary school in the first place.
Our first thought was to equip the parents to teach their own children, but we found that most of the parents had little to no education themselves. These parents struggle to do business with the fruit buyers who come to their farms. If they can't read the contracts well or check the math figures, they can be cheated out of their hard earned harvest. They are also eager to know more about God's word. They each have a Bible, but they can't comprehend the complex text with their limited vocabulary.
The first class was a huge success! It was the hottest part of the day and there was no shade to be found anywhere, but they all stayed for class anyway. They were joking and laughing with each other. The kids who are in school proudly displayed what they knew by helping their parents spell words.
One lady wrote her name for the first time all by herself. She proudly displayed her paper and said that she is extremely grateful for this opportunity. She wants to learn to read and write before her son grows up so that she can help him learn too.
Please pray for Jackeling, this young mom of three who has been ill since her youngest was born 8 months ago. We brought her back from El Menco with us to have some more blood work done again.
Turning you ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
*Written while sitting between 2 fans with a wet towel around my neck. -the hot season is here! Pray for us to survive the next 2 months of our "summer".