The alarm clock blast goes off at 5:00 am. How many times can we push the snooze and still make it on time? We have been back into the swing of school for just about 2 weeks and while the early wake-up call isn’t always that great, Susan and the kids are happy and excited to be back to class.
Julia is now in the third grade and has many of the same friends in her class as she did last year. She is enjoying her teacher and the activities that third grade kids get to do. Landon is a big kid now in first grade. He too has many of the same friends in class from last year and enjoys some of the new specials and activities that first grade students get to do. We are so thankful for a good start for Julia and Landon. They amaze us in many ways with their positive attitudes towards school, even though it is different from what they’ve experienced in the States. They are brave in situations where they still are the new kids doing school in a Nicaraguan style school. Both of them are kind and accepting of other kids and have made new friends. They are learning to take some risks and trying out new things that they might fail at. Which I believe is a great life skill.
Susan is teaching English, full-time at NCA Nejapa. Her class load includes two second grade classes, a 5/6th grade combo class, and a 7/8th grade combo class. She is enjoying her new students and is glad for the half-year of teaching last year where she was able to get to know some of the NCA students and staff. Susan has also been working with her English teaching team to plan out program goals for students and English standards of proficiency that the school would like learners to achieve. She’s also been doing a lot of collaboration with her team on teaching practices and strategies that are the most effective for their setting at NCA Nejapa.
Lucas is enjoying his three mornings at his daycare. It has been good for him to be able to play with other kids and have a change of routine. He is also starting to pick up Spanish which is cute to hear him say a few words here and there. Lucas and I have a great routine at home and we enjoy working in the house together and meeting our neighbors on our daily walks. I use the mornings he’s away to work on ministry related tasks like letter writing, blog posts, and other communication. I also schedule meetings which relate to my work with the ANCA board, or NCA Nejapa administrative team during that time. Which works out very well.
We thank you for your prayers and support as we serve. I can’t express enough how much your partnership means to us!
Prayer Items for the month:
- Thanks to God for providing us a great, new housing option beginning in July when our sublet here in Becklin is up.
- Prayers for our immigration process and residency. We have our residency appointment on March 14. Please pray that everything goes through. Immigration processes for foreigners is not easy.
- Pray for the ANCA board as we are searching for a new Director for NCA Nejapa. The previous director took a leadership role in his church. We are thankful for a great interim director who was willing to fill in for the first semester.