Pastor Gabriel led us through devotions with Numbers 13:30-34: the Lord takes us through difficult paths. When we face big issues, we might see ourselves as grasshoppers, and we might be tempted to believe all the fear-filled reports, yet we have a great God. NEA and its partners have taken on the huge issues of the area, yet huge impact is being made. God never leaves anything incomplete.
Today, everyone was in the flow once again. Shovelling, mixing and hauling concrete continued at the build site, 85 cement mixer loads of it! (the equivalent of 4 ½ truck loads!). Adrian won the newly formed Olympic Games event, moving 50 kg bags of “Super Strong” cement mix. Lynne, Paul and Jacqueline won the “Golden Shovel Award” tonight because of their patient dedication working in the sand pit. Ben O. noted that the afternoon work hours were very difficult as everyone is getting tired and the work is hard, but it was also beautiful and powerful to see God work through the team.
It was Christmas in Ghana today as our lesson plan was based around the birth of Jesus. Manger scenes were enacted in felt and coloured papers, star ornaments were decorated, and Christmas carols were sung. Paula and Adam’s morning class did not want to leave for lunch until they had the chance to sing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” one more time. At the end of the school day, the teachers meet to prepare for the following day, and at the same time they debrief in order to come up with the best plans and strategies for the following day. As Malissa said tonight, “It just keeps getting better!” Isaac, the youngest member of our team, teaches Primary 6 in the mornings at the Carpenter School. He is doing this without a teacher, and it’s a big class! Armed with teaching tools and a soccer ball, he has a lot of fun and manages the class brilliantly. Risi, a young woman herself, works in some of the largest and youngest classes. She is patient and kind in the midst of chaos, and doesn’t stop when it’s time to prepare for the next day’s lesson. Adam, our newly retired teacher/principal is always looking for ways to help prepare us, non-teacher teachers. He ended his day today by decorating his morning classroom with the stars that the kids decorated, stringing lines in the rafters to hang them. We can’t wait to see the children’s faces when they show up to class tomorrow!
Super Strong Partnership.
Super Strong Together.
Super Strong Collaboration.