Blog post by Ben Wong
Today was our second day of teaching at KCVS, but it was shortened to a half day. It turns out that today is Martyr's Day, a Ugandan holiday that commemorates the first Ugandan Christians who were martyred back in the late 1800s. On this day, most schools and business are closed. However, KCVS remained open for a half day, since the VIM team was here, and had planned some teaching and VBS activities. Neither students nor teachers were required to report to KCVS today, but most of them were there. When we arrived at the school, the students were assembled in the courtyard, and greeted us with song! http://youtu.be/lWSdnjhin84
The day at KCVS was similar to yesterday, with our rotation of teaching modules making its way through the different grade levels. My classroom, P4 (4th grade), read letters sent from children in the U.S. and then wrote letters back to them. Many children drew pictures to accompany their letters. This activity was followed by another art project, where the children drew on quilt squares. They drew their everyday life - homes, families, livestock, and household items. These drawings will be brought back to the U.S. to form a large quilt comprised of the students' life in Uganda.
VBS for today was David and Goliath. The kids had a blast singing and motioning to "Jesus is the Rock", before seeing the story acted out by the youth members on our team. Some of the younger students were a bit frightened by Goliath, which was a large cardboard puppet. But their fear turned to rejoicing when Goliath crumpled to the ground from David's rock.
Following the story, the children received prayer squares from Chinese Community Church in San Diego. The children were to keep one for themselves, and give one to another person. There were smiles all around!
The teacher training for the day involved using a balance and gram weights. Students were to guess which objects were heavier than others, and then perform measurements to verify.
Pastor Phil and Terri had a separate ministry today - training local pastors with Rev. Martin Odi. Rev. Odi is the previous YCVM chairman, and has formed relationships with CCUMC in Oakland, and Chinese Community Church in San Diego. Pastor Phil came away impressed with how much these pastors are able to do, given how little resources they have. Pastor Phil and Terri will do more pastor training tomorrow.
The day ended with a delicious surprise - roasted white ants! They really are delicious. I know you wish you could try some ...
Tomorrow is another packed day, so we are getting to bed early again tonight.
BTW - Jeffrey seems to have caught a cold today, so he is need of healing prayers. It does not appear to be malaria, but he will probably need to take it easy tomorrow. Please pray for him.