Have you ever had such a strange and vivid dream that while waking up, you’d need to concentrate on remembering where you were while blinking your weary eyes open? That only the wash of familiar surroundings would erode the action-packed emotions experienced in the dream? We experienced this every morning for the first week after April 18, the day we returned to
Although everything in
We’ll miss the intimacy of living with the people that we worked with, pedestrians making eye contact and smiling or waving hello to each other, being able to instantly befriend someone you meet on the bus, and eons-old chiefdoms thriving in their spirit of community and family. For the locals, there are few things more honourable than having a white person (that’s what they called us) visit their home.
They say that when a romantic relationship needs to go long-distance, it’s harder emotionally for the person who gets left behind. We can imagine that this truth applies to our departure as well. Our hearts fondly go out to all the full-time teachers and pastors who dedicate not just a few months, but their lives to the service of God’s kingdom and the children of
As teachers in
Since they are not motivated for learning in itself being a goal, connecting with children emotionally was another technique for teaching them. However, this was challenging as well. In
For most of the students, English was a second language, and it formed a barrier to their learning. Without any proper ESL classes, students had to translate for each other. Much like some ESL students in
Spirituality, largely absence in the western world, is very much alive in
What’s it like to be back? It’s as easy as putting on your shoes after a day in rental inline skates or skis. It’s always easy to return to comfort, to forget the small blisters and calluses while remembering the unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
On Sunday, May 31 at 10:45 (we start promptly at 11am), we will be giving a (1:30hr) presentation at our churchduring the English Sunday School (Vancouver Chinese Alliance,
Many thanks to all our supporters over the last eight months, without whom this trip would have been impossible.
Tim & Dora