Today some of our loving teachers shared tears through our lunch break and at the end of the day when they reflected that today was the last full day in class for them with the children who have made their way into their hearts. It has taken a lot of nightly preparation, daily energy, constant creativity and enduring patience as they struggled to find the most effective and enjoyable ways to teach while crossing the language and cultural barriers we faced. It has been an incredible blessing to have so many of our teaching team experienced and passionate about their role, and also to have the Ghanaian teachers embrace having us in their classrooms, eager to join with us in making the most of our time together.
After we spent some casual time this evening in David and Brenda’s home, the teachers were making final preparations for the twelve-station playday activities the entire school body will enjoy tomorrow with the help of some of the village women! Mid-afternoon tomorrow, our Babator team and the entire village will enjoy a meal together. It’s very exciting!
The building team has painted two coats on the interior walls and all the roofing is complete. The latrine foundations are rising out of the 8-foot deep hole that was dug. Several team members have taken on the task of making school benches and school maintenance projects. The new window and door frames required due to termite damage were built earlier and installed today after classes were dismissed. It was wonderful to see a couple of the teachers joining in with the demolition.
The excavation team continued to learn from ‘the best school’ of real-life mechanical challenges, but should be ready to return to Teselima with the dozer to complete the final touches on the pond. It’s a dry pond at this point until the rainy season begins, as the old well area has not produced water.
Insightful Amy suggested a theme song for the excavation team, who are using CAT machines. Sing with us: “But the CAT came back the very next day. Yes, the CAT came back. They thought it was goner. But the CAT came back. It just wouldn’t stay away.”
Through this time, our team members have experienced highs and lows, but continue to pray that we finish strong, leaving behind a testimony of grace, hope and love, bringing glory to God in all things.