The team are getting well stuck in at their different schools and are getting opportunities to teach in RE lessons. I had the pleasure of visiting one of the schools in the country (Kitti) this week to see how some of the team there are doing (Mark and I are visiting schools once a week each... so we'll try and write about the others at another stage!).
I sat in on a math's lesson that David was teaching and I learnt all about sets! Ugandans respond how they think you would like them to, so whenever David said "Do you understand?" they would reply with "Yes sir" ... but knowing they were probably lying David followed it up with "Are you sure?" and then tested them on it.
Rosie and Sarah were taking the nursery kids who are v cute and quite cheeky, but 1 little guy fell asleep during colouring in!! We've been advised to just leave them for a bit as it might be that they haven't eaten breakfast or something.
The school give out a horrible gruel type stuff (the consistency and appearance of papier mache paste) for a mid-morning snack...aren't those kids lucky!!? but one kid called Moses managed to drop it all down himself -quite a few tears followed, prob due to the heat of it, but i think they take massive amounts of pride in their uniform too - often the one set of good clothes they own.
At lunchtime one of the teachers took us to her house where we met her sister and brother who cut down some of their bananas and avocadoes for us from their back garden. How generous if that?? although it might be the equivilent of having too many apples back in England...and getting so sick of them you give them to whoever comes round. Still, was v kind of her.
After lunch, we went to the playing fields which are about 20 mins walk away. David, Rosie and Sarah were saying they loved this time the best as the older kids (who know more English) get chatting with them.
A girl called Mary is v interested in the Bible, I think she is already a Christian, so please pray that the idea of setting up a CU at the school would work and be a real encouragement to the Christians already there as well as a way to tell others what they believe.
The following took place over a week ago but we just HAVE to add it:
When the guys leave their schools at the end of the day, the kids along the road get v excited and yell out "Bye Mzungu" at the top of their lungs. On this particular occasion, one v small kid was running along trying to keep up with the minibus as he was yelling "Mzungu", He was so enthusiastic he didn't look where he was going and unfortuantly ran smack into a tree!!
Peace talks – This encompasses a lot; first as we have all begun to settle in we have been largely given control of Child Evangelism in the three schools. So at Kitti we (Rosie, Sarah and me (David)) led the Child Evangelism for over 400 kids. It was very exciting. At both other schools they have also led the Child Evangelism but their schools are slightly smaller. We also started the work with street children. On Friday we visited them at the place where they sleep. It was quite an experience. On Saturday some of us went in to Calvary Chapel where some of them come to learn about Jesus and also other subjects as well as getting lunch. Some of the kids (used loosely as some are older than us!) are very cool and most have tragic stories to tell yet are amazingly happy and content. I thought they were very good role models for contentment. Then on Sunday morning the rest of the group went in for a bible study with them which Jon very capably led.
Finally Love – This may have confused you but some of you may have been aware of the awful day which happened on Thursday. We were put through the punishing task of doing something nice for each other. We each put a good deed in a bowl and then each picked out a good deed and a person to do it for. It was very funny as Jon woke (well failed to wake) Becca with Happy birthday, Becca complimented Ruth throughout the day, Ruth sung every time Freya entered the room, Freya washed Sarah’s flip flops, Sarah turned Sam’s pages, Sam serenaded Rosie while Rosie was on the balcony, Rosie complimented Jon throughout the day, I (David) helped Tom win every game he played and Tom made a rap for me. They were highly amusing and many anecdotes could be written but I won’t. (annoying I know)
Much more happened but I can’t remember it!
On Monday we had the Kampala Challenge set up by a guy from Oasis who is based in Kampala. The market and taxi (buses, kind of!) deserve the adjective mad. How anyone gets what they want in the market or catches the right taxi is beyond me!!
On Wednesday we visited the three schools though Children’s Corner weren’t ready for us. Sam, Jon and Freya decided to go to Glory for Education primary school, Rosie, Sarah and I (David) are going to Kitti primary school and Tom, Becca and Ruth are going to Children’s Corner primary school.
On Thursday and Friday those of us at Kitti and Glory for Education started “observing” classes. It was about half way through the first maths lesson that I was asked to teach and others were asked even sooner!
On Saturday we went to Jinja which is the source of the Nile coming from Lake Victoria. We had a wonderful boat ride on the river and even saw some monkeys.
BREAKING NEWS; as I write this on Saturday evening for to be posted tomorrow we have just had a burst water pipe which partially flooded the ground floor.
Past couple of days
We arrived in
Next few days
Today we are meeting the Fields of Life director and on Tuesday will go around the schools with her to meet the teachers and get a better feel of how we can help out. We are also visiting