Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Letter O in the Afternoon Program gave us a great Opportunity, get it?, for wearing Oculos! That’s glasses in Portuguese.
Dave and Josh of the Buttershaw Team brought up some giant pipe cleaners (how did I not know about those before?) and the idea was born!
I had to jump in and show off my Oculos too!
Looking very chic don’t you think? Igor pushing up his glasses to see a little better, Jeremias chose his colors to match his shirt and Josh – what a great sport! Thanks for sharing with them about prayer (oracao) as well Josh!
(sorry for going backwards in my Letter posts – I had written this and lost it in”drafts” so here you go!)
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Crash, bam, boom! Nope, not an episode of Batman being filmed here in Zimpeto, but about 1/4 of our wonderful big tree in the middle of our playground came crashing to the ground this afternoon around 2pm!
Amazingly, in a center of about 400 people at any given moment, 260 of them kids of all ages, workers, pastors, missionaries, visitors, community members . . . not one person was hurt or killed by this falling tree branch. Praise God for his mercy in this situation.
About an hour later, 35 or so little toddlers would be playing under this tree, primarily in front of that wall you see but many little ones toddle out and about under the tree. Scary to think what might have happened. And about a half hour later, 11 of my boys would have been walking right in that exact spot from tutoring back to my dorm, which you can see in the photo below.
My dorm is barely visible in the center of the photo, the edge of a roof and the fence is all you can see of it. The noise was so loud from there!
There was a little boy raking up leaves and such and putting them that bin when the tree broke, but he heard the noise and ran clear, thank God! My friend was sitting on the little wall you see in the photo, a little to the right, and her son was playing under the tree, but in the clear space you can see in front of where the tree fell.
SO much to be thankful for today! This story could have had a very different ending. We praise God for his mercy and protection today!
It makes me think of all things we are spared or protected from and have no idea. In this case, we know it was miraculous that no one was injured and I am thankful!
Monday, September 08, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
I had a brainstorm when I realized that the little snack bars here are often called Quiosques (Portuguese for Kiosk if you didn’t gather that!).
(Here’s little Lulu, looking doubtful I was showing him the right stuff and then thrilled when we hit the pocket!)
So three days in a row I took one room at a time to the somewhat local Quiosque for Quiejo (cheese) and crackers and a soda which doesn’t start with Q but is pretty much a sure thing at a Quiosque.
While I didn’t get a photo in front of the Quiosque sign (it was too close to the busy road to risk it), I did get plenty of shots of the unexpected bonus – a pool table!
I love playing pool! Even more, I love surprising the boys who were certain that Mana Laura would NOT know how to play pool!
Manuel 2 was pretty excited for me when I made a shot! The boys loved running around to the side to watch the ball fall into line.Basically the Tias and I played one another while giving the boys lots of chances to shoot. Not one of the three Tias had ever played before, they were so cute to watch!
I love, love, love this action shot when Mana Zaida, you can barely see her on the right, made a shot. They were so excited!
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
As you might know, we are going through the alphabet in the Afternoon Program and this week is Letter P! It is also week one of two weeks of school holidays. It’s always fun to take the boys off the center during the holidays so Alisha and I came up with a great plan.
And I took them to the Praia (beach) for Peixe (fish)!
So fun! So perfect, couldn’t have planned it better myself.
Except little Dio who needed some coaxing to get out with the big boys!
It’s a lot of work getting the fish off the bones for the boys. These are cheap fish – like 20 cents each, and they have tons of bones. But, that’s what was available and I had to stick with my theme! Thanks Dave for tearing apart those fish!
(And in case you’re curious, I have three rooms of boys and do the same Afternoon Program three days in a row, once for each room. These photos are from two of the three days. The third day is when my clutch went out and I was a little too preoccupied to take photos!)
Wait til you hear what we did for Letter Q!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
We recently had a lovely team from England here, from Buttershaw Baptist Church.
I was thrilled to discover that the team leader, Liz and her husband (the pastor) and three kids had visited eight years ago and I remembered them! Our conversations made a lasting impression on me and I thought of them often because they left me one of my favorite books for the boys, The Stories Jesus Told. So fun to see Rebekah, there to the left with her mom looking on, eight years later!
They were a great blessing to us in Zimpeto and to me and my boys especially. They prayed, cleaned, prayed, encouraged, gave, served, cried, painted and played some more!
The Stich family – our Rainbow Loom bracelet instructors!
Big-Hearted Tony helping paint the windows in my dorm – I think the whole team took a turn at it, and they look wonderful!
I took one look at Josh and knew he needed to be hanging out with my boys – nothing like a guy to throw my boys around, wrestle with them, splash them in the ocean, let them climb on him, etc.
His dad Dave came along for the ride and turned out to be just as big a kid as Josh.
Sadly, I don’t have up close photos of Gentle Helen, Organizing Louise and Hospitality-Calling Maria! But they’re in the group shot above and were every bit a blessing as those I have photos of.
Thanks for everything Buttershaw and I look forward to staying connected with you!
PS: I’m still wondering about this mysterious definition of “soon” you all seem to share over there!