Tuesday, January 21, 2014

first day of school...

After Opening Day on Monday, the students reported for their first official day on Tuesday. These precious kids are my students from my 7th grade class this summer all ready for their first day of Secondary School. I got to stop by and see them at school this week! These amazing kids are leading worship and devotions at their school already and are going to be at the top of their class this year!!

At FCA, we had our first day on Tuesday as well. All of our kids came so excited for the new school year. This week has been difficult for some, because we have made quite a few changes from last year. The teachers are working hard to push our kids and add even more structure to our school. Changes take a while, but I know we have the best kids and the best teachers and we will get there! Continue to pray for the teachers at FCA that they will have extra strength and patience for our kids and that our kids will adjust to the new changes and procedures we have put in place! 


 There are great things going on at FCA!


capturing kid's hearts...



Years ago I had the opportunity to attend Capturing Kid's Hearts in the states. It truly changed me as a teacher. During our training week, our teachers had the opportunity to attend this same training. An international trainer brought Capturing Kid's Hearts over to Africa for the first time, and it was for our teachers at Family Legacy. What an amazing blessing. Our teachers were challenged and stretched and exposed to so many new things during this training. What an impact Capturing Kid's Hearts will have, not only on our teachers, but the thousands of kids in our schools this year! 

reach for the stars...

After two days of preparations at FCA we met up with all the other teachers for our Reach for the Stars Training. It was a day of team building and fun. We all laughed all day long...















Sunday, January 19, 2014

back to FCA...

The teachers reported to FCA on January 6th. We quickly went to work creating interactive notebooks, learning about each other and trying new teaching techniques.


We also went on a tour of the Tree of Life and greeted the kids. It was so good for the teachers to see where the kids they will be teaching live and for the kids to meet their new teachers! They were ALL so excited! 

The teachers all worked hard as they started planning for their new year...


We even took a few minutes to beat the kids at soccer and basketball!


I could not ask for a better team to educate the kids at Tree of Life! These teachers will change the future for each of their students! 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

dreams...

Right after Christmas, we had 40 Americans here for Dream Camp. The kids were all so excited! The Sunday they arrived, we went up to the hilltop for church with everyone. It is crazy to think that only a few months ago I was there for a 2-week trip. During church, I sat with James. My parents had sent a bible over for James when I moved with his name on it. I kept it and gave it to him the weekend he was baptized. Sunday he carried his bible (with the box as his bible cover)! I loved getting to see him use it during church. Church was just as amazing as it always is, but as I looked around at the Americans taking pictures and videotaping worship, I thought to myself how blessed I am to be here every Sunday. 

On Monday we had a house opening, Agape House. The sweet kids we celebrated Christmas with a few weeks ago were all going to get to move into houses this week. During the house opening, I stood with my sweet Ruth and Natasha. 5 months ago these 2 precious girls prayed over me at a house opening before I left to head back home. Little did any of us know then that a few months later I would be back.
This week has been a blessing to watch our kids just having the opportunity to play and be kids. The new sports complex that opened this week is absolutely amazing. There are some baseball coaches and players this week teaching our kids how to play. They now LOVE baseball! I am in awe when I think that these are the same kids who were literally looking through rubbish pits to survive and are now learning how to just be a kid!