30 Nov 2009

30 11 2009

Do you ever wonder if you are making a difference in God’s kingdom?  I have pondered that many times, and then God reminds me I am doing what He called me to and not to always be looking for end results.

Teaching high school is very tough.  Have I mentioned that a few times already?   There is such an interesting blend of students here.  The different cultures interacting with each other (English, Arab, Korean), the missionary kids, and then some wealthy (and sometimes spoiled) Nigerian kids.  They are the hardest to understand, having been served and having every need met throughout their lives.  Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier and more rewarding to serve the poor who may be more appreciative.

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Pix 30 Nov 2009

30 11 2009

 





Tiv Dancers

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21 Nov 2009

21 11 2009

Delays are a normal part of Nigerian life and culture…”go slows” (traffic jams getting around in the city, driving in monsoon-like rain (all but impossible!), wading through government processes of any sort at all levels (I am still waiting for my permanent Nigerian driver license, a process started in May!)…the list is ongoing and seemingly endless.

For the past 4+ months the teachers at primary and secondary schools in Plateau State and the lecturers at universities in all of Nigeria have been on strike. The universities are now finally back in session, but the primary and secondary schools are still not all in session. Private Nigerian schools (primary, secondary, and trade/academic colleges) are an option, but even though the cost for those schools are much less than tuition expenses for private schools in the United States, is it still more than many Nigerians can afford. As I have been reading the news, and listened to the growing frustration of parents of younger children in primary and secondary schools, and university students wanting to begin, continue and/or finish their college education, I am also struck by the impact these strikes have had on Nigerian society. Immediate impacts have been felt through the large number of young people without jobs, stuck in the midst of their education, waiting around, and losing hope in their future.

The past few weeks have been filled with all sorts of school-related activities, along with adjusting to life (and less sleep) with our new puppy (Echo), and the change to dry season, and the sneezing, coughing, and runny noses caused by harmattan (the dust that blows in from the Sahara desert 500+ miles away)!

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1 Nov 2009

1 11 2009
2nd graders

Grade 2 Multicultural Day

It’s been awhile since we have posted a blog…it’s been a bit busy for all of us keeping up with school days and activities!

The end of this week was filled with several social and cultural events, along with adjusting to life (and getting less sleep) with our new German Shepherd (we think!) puppy, Echo.

The Elementary school had their yearly Multicultural Day where the kids dressed up in traditional clothing or anything representing their home country.  Cypress dressed as Junie B Jones and Isabell as Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The kids had a “parade of nations” through the chapel, then performed songs and skits for each other. Following the chapel time, there was a performance by Nigerian Tiv dancers accompanied by drums and flute out on the basketball courts. There was also huge potluck lunch for all the kids and parents with foods from all the different represented countries.

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