Let’s take a moment to learn some Swahili…
Asanti Sana: Thank you very much
Karibu: You’re welcome
Jina Lako Ni Nani: What is your name?
The children and staff here at Point of Grace speak many languages, but two of the most prominent are English and Swahili. As we finish up our last day of VBS, I have begun to notice how students will giggle as I try to explain a craft, or how teachers will translate an instruction from my foreign sounding English to something easier to understand. With all of the confusion that communication here sometimes presents, I’m amazed at how gracious and patient all of the staff and students have been. We are slowly picking up on key words and the kids are more than willing to help!
Our day started much like the last two; breakfast bright and early followed by our daily devotions with the children. We were welcomed with songs, dances, and recitals, and we in turn had another skit and songs to share. Today’s theme was ‘Believe and be at Peace.’
We discussed how there are times in our lives that life is very hard, and things may seam very unfair. In the skit, thieves stole money, a father left his family to fend on their own, and a baby was sick and died (but not before the miracle of baptism was performed). We were reminded that through baptism, we are welcomed into Christ’s protection, and no matter how hard evil may try, “Evil will never win”.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”Isasiah 55:8-9
We broke into our 3 groups for one last rotation before we closed our last day of VBS. They must have known how much we enjoyed the Masi dance yesterday, because they invited us back out for one last one! In all, VBS has been such an enriching and enjoyable highlight for our team and the children alike. Their curiosity is infectious and the ability to share the love of Jesus has been one of the greatest privileges of my life!After VBS, the boys headed to the chicken coop to start adding chicken wire to the frames, and the ladies split into two groups. Carla, Courtney, Stephanie, and Victoria headed to the market and Amanda, Brandon, Tiffany, and I stayed at the school and sat in on a classroom of 1st through 3rd graders. Because it was Saturday, only the students that board on the property were present, making it difficult to really observe their procedures, but it was great one on one time with the students!Many of you have asked about the weather, the water, and our food options. The high has been in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 60s with low humidity and little rain. Absolutely perfect weather in my opinion! As far as water and food goes, we have been very well taken care of by the Meeker’s and their fantastic staff. We do not drink anything but bottled water, and our food option are delicious and diverse! I’m planning to do a whole post on the foods we have enjoyed here in a few days, so I don’t want to give too much away yet. Just know we definitely are not starving!Tomorrow brings our first Divine Service at Point of Grace, and we are looking forward to spending more one on one time with the children. Until tomorrow everyone!
PS- Guys, we just saw monkeys!