I [Jaime] am the last of my friends to post about the English Missions Camp (EMC); sorry for the delay! I cannot believe that the first week of classes is almost over. On Monday, we tested and interviewed our students, attended an opening ceremony, and met our class. This week, classes are running from Tuesday to Friday, and we are going on field trips with the children on Saturday.
I am co-teaching a Level 4 class with 11 year olds with my new friend Diana from St. Louis. We began with 6 boys and 2 girls. Not going to lie, the first day was a challenge. The students were very shy and hesitant to participate and practice speaking English in class. They enjoyed playing games like Duck Duck Goose (or Kimchi-Kimchi-Moo!), but lacked energy in class. I am so glad that my friends are loving their classes, but it was a little discouraging to compare my class with theirs. Despite the circumstances, God is so faithful. After a season of prayer with my friends last night and planning with Diana, God was gracious to make today a better day of teaching! The students are coming out of their shells little by little and enjoyed the new activities we planned for them. For example, we had a spelling war with our vocabulary words and made origami after talking about craft supplies.
Please keep praying for the Lord to move in all the students and especially to show evidences of God's Word filling their hearts. The theme of the camp is David, and all of our morning devotions come from 1 & 2 Samuel. Tomorrow, all the students are participating in a Talent Show! We have also been working on a musical about David and Goliath for the end of camp, and it is so fun. Just as we were tiring of cafeteria dinners, the EMC staff started preparing American meals for us in the café with food such as pasta, sandwiches, and fruit (: We all really enjoy interacting with the awesome staff members here. They have such sweet servant hearts!
Thanks for keeping up with us on the blog and remembering us in your prayers.
With love, Jaime
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.