Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“Children see magic because they look for it.” ― Christopher Moore

Last Friday, Karen and Shaban took a box of Montessori teaching materials to one of our seven preschools near Mwanza on their way to pick up John at the airport in Mwanza.  Karen had trained the man who runs the school and two of the teachers here at our mission.  She was delighted to find them using the techniques she taught and that the children were loving it.  The man is starting two more preschools, so Karen taught the teachers how to make the things in the box for the two new schools.  One of the wooden, lockable boxes (painted red) can be seen at the far right in the picture at the right of kids here using the Montessori method.  This will bring the number of preschools in Methodist churches using Montesorri from five to nine, all of which has happened in the last three years.  By Tanzanian standards that is moving at the speed of light.  Karen was very happy.  After the last teaching seminar, she said she was done—it was just too much work.  However, when she learned that the bishops of the Tanzania Methodist Church with churches in Arusha and Dar Es Salaam were coming here for a few days in October, she decided to offer to go to Arusha or Dar Es Salaam to teach Montessori to preschool teachers there (if they pay for her travel).  I guess she’s not really done yet after all.  She and Shaban just got back from Musoma where Karen was tested for anemia (she doesn’t have it) and got medicine to lower her blood pressure which has become a problem.  Today, we had a group here who are planning to dub (overwrite the audio track) the “Jesus Film” in the language of one of the main tribes in this area.  They liked the place as John showed them around and will be coming for two weeks in November.  This is really a big deal, and we are proud to be a small part of it, but that’s what we do.  We never know when are participating in one of the mighty works of God, we just know that we have to be obedient and available—and we are, in spite of broken ribs, high blood pressure, and minor IRS problems in the U.S.  Ribs heal, blood pressure can be controlled, and we can pay the IRS to make them happy with money we had forgotten was available.  We are blessed to be in the service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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