I can't believe how fast things are going. So I thought I would have a week to recuperate but no. hehe! So I have hit the ground running and jet lag seems to be the worst it has ever been.
I got in late Saturday night and didn’t get to bed till late but got up in time for church and had a tiring but good day with the rheas. Monday I had to get up early cause my medical students were coming. I got up early and was able to start cleaning, organizing, ordering water, trying to find the guy who brought my luggage and coordinate the week. So the luggage guy came by right before the students. I wasn’t sure why they wanted to come but they were over to learn to teach! When I left they were scared to teach, but Dilanga took them with him and had them teach and so they are open to the idea now and actually excited. So I went over the material with them and Saturday we will test it out! :) So I think they can start training the 5th shelter :) Will just get them up to speed in this next month. They have done a fabulous job in translating the stuff so far and after talking to Michael I think they will do a great job doing the rest. After they left I had a chance to talk to Nolan on the phone as he fell asleep and then the students arrived. The class has changed a lot. So I have the guys, R and then 4 other students. Two are sisters of a girl involved in prostitution and a boy who lives with them and then the other is a an orphan girl. I’m not sure what I think about this mix or the addition of the two kids. This isn’t how I planned the center. Maybe we are going to turn into a prevention center. I meet with Michael to discuss our future. He’s done a great job managing all of them while I have been gone. He’s got them working on art projects, and they have gone through a chapter of the curriculum. AFter that I went to Dr. D's to get 22gigabytes of info he has for teaching medical students.
Tuesday I got up at 2am hehe! and went to gateway cafe to use the internet only to find out that they had to close that day because of construction on the road, but they let me go in and get some stuff done. I had promised Dr. D that I would come help them pack for their return to america for a year and so I went over. BUT Mrs D had been locked out and so I sat with her for 40 minutes and biked back. But I got a flat. So I was walking my bike and guess who appeared? One of the tuk tuk drivers! And he gave me a free ride to the bike shop. They said they couldn't fix it and so I walked home. I got my tuktuk driver a cold coconut but couldn't find him. Class started and I felt a little lost as to what they had covered and knew. Michael has done a great job. We have a new student. Another guy from the beer garden!! I went to the rhea girl's basketball game and ate dinner with them and although I wanted to stay up, just couldn't and fell asleep before 8 :) My motodop driver saw me walking home from the rhea's and insisted on dropping me off.
Today I started off with medical training. It was good to be back. They were all so happy to see me. Kind of surprised me. Came home and was ready for bed, but class was great. I was able to get all these great ideas as I taught and really liked it. I had a great time and was able to make it fun too :) One of my students is behind and I see her struggling. So I offered to give her an extra class after class. Still haven't had my meeting michael. hehe! i would say he is avoiding it, but I think he is busy :)
So what I realized is, that i miss spontaneous acts of kindness. Today I got to do three, little things, but they meant so much more to me than a lot of what I do. I gave my motodop driver a glass of water when he arrived. He would never ask, but I figured if I was thirsty he must be. A while back I saw the grounds cleaning lady and just felt bad for her so gave her a water bottle and some food. So I saw her again today and offered her water and instead of being shy, she so happily accepted it. It did my heart good to be able to do such a simple thing and yet how many times have I not stopped to do something so simple. Then as I walked to the Rheas I saw the tuktuk guy and went back to get my coconut :) He was so happy! I think I have to make a point of doing that more often.
So i got to the rheas and I got a call from my landlord! He's coming tomorrow with air conditioners!!! YAY!
ok, got to go! Keep praying for us. so many changes