Thursday, January 30, 2014

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” — Maria Montessori

This is the first blog in over a week.  We still don’t have internet proper, but my genius son, John, figured out a way to combine three phones, bluetooth, and some magic so that I could do this.  He’s the man.  The most important thing is that this is the fourth and last day of a seminar on teaching small children that Karen has been teaching for the schools in the churches at Bunda, Karukakari, Muranda, Bweri, and Tireme.  We have had about twenty teachers here that we have been housing and feeding, and they have been loving every minute.  Karen is basing her teaching techniques on those developed my Maria Montessori (see quote above), and the teachers (and a few parents) have become true believers.  Karen is not only teaching them how to do it, but she is also giving them the tools with which to accomplish their goals.  She had five large trunks built to house the teaching tools so that they could be locked up in each of the churches.  She has been in pain all four days but has been getting up in the middle of the night to prepare more things for them to use.  The teachers want to be good teachers and are soaking this stuff up like sponges—very grateful and happy sponges.  Karen will do another of these for two more churches in a month or two.  Shaban has been translating, but the teachers have been soaking up English as much as they have the teaching techniques.  They love Karen, but what’s not to love about someone who loves their children as much as they do.  Although she is in pain, she is happier than I have seen her in some time.  She is just giving back the gifts and training that God has given her.  That is the way it is supposed to work, you know.  Thank you for staying faithful to the blog.  Hopefully, the fiber optic connections will be made before too long, and I can get back to daily posts.  I miss writing as much as some of you miss reading.  Thank you for your prayers.  Tomorrow, the scholarship students from the teachers college will be coming for their last tuition payments.  As of now, the future of this very wonderful program is in doubt, and this may be the last class of ten.  We may be able to finish the four who are half-way through, but after that—it is in God’s hands.  I hope we can continue as we are still losing almost 2,000 teachers a year to malaria and AIDS.
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