Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Back to school!

We have just begun our third year teaching missionary kids here in Uganda. There are some days that living and working here in Uganda feels like we are "living the dream." The weather is perfect, the people are friendly, and the landscape is beautiful! Other days, like our first day of school, feel a bit overwhelming. We are trying to juggle six different grade levels K-11, using some new curriculum and learning a new schedule. In addition to that, the water pump that supplies water to our house and our neighbors in the village, was not working. David was trying to trouble shoot that issue and teach his classes. In the afternoon Zeke and Ezra both came down with a high fever and felt very bad. Two of our other students were also fighting sickness. By the end of the school day, I was exhausted. 

Then I remembered that I hadn't yet made a birthday cake for Elijah. Did I mention that his birthday was also our first day of school? We told him that for his birthday we were giving him the gift of education. He was more excited about the basketball, although he does enjoy learning. He sees many kids here in the village who don't have money for school fees. He does see education as a gift, although he can't act too excited about starting school because he is in middle school now. Zeke, on the other hand, has been asking when he can start Kindergarten for weeks. He is thrilled to be in school! 

Our first day sure was a crazy busy day! But since then we have had two other school days that have been less hectic. In the midst of this transition into our new school routine, I am praying that God will be glorified. I want to teach in such a way that reflects His love. I want my students to understand His truth as they learn about His World. I want Geometry to point my high schoolers to their Creator and Saviour. Please pray that the missionary kids in our school would grow more in love with Jesus through our school year. Pray also that we would live out the fruit of the Spirit in the midst of the chaos. 

These missionary kids have an amazing opportunity to see the world in ways that many American kids do not. It is my prayer that God will be using our school to equip these students for the various ways that He is calling them to be a part of His kingdom work around the world. Thank you for your prayers for us and our students as we begin the adventure ahead! 

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