So we’ve had several really nice times with the GB boys since I last wrote. One morning the staff were all at some training thing so Abi and I went to look after the boys. We brought Abi’s laptop and played ‘Madagascar2’ for them – they loved it! I think for some it was the first time they had seen a movie :O They were so excited – it was beautiful. The night before we had popped popcorn and made up wee goody bags with lollipops too; the boys really appreciated them.
Tuesday we took the boys to Shere Hills for the day, it was amazing. The boys loved travelling in the van, all squished together and singing songs. The roads to Shere Hills are very ‘African’ and bumpy so it was a bit of a mission just getting there. Once there, the boys were able to run and explore and just be out in the open. We did a few games with them but they were mainly happy just to be there. The boys are so great; they’re really well behaved and appreciative of everything we do. I wish I could upload a photo of them all but you’ll just have to wait another couple of months.
Hosea is improving teaching wise. He is getting good with maths although he often draws numbers backwards. I don’t know if it’s just mistakes as he learns or if he might be dyslexic. Victor still struggles with numbers higher than 4 but his addition with maggi cubes (similar to oxo cubes) is okay. Both their memories are fairly good and they’re building up a better vocabulary. It’s so encouraging to hear them speak sentences, especially Victor.Their concentration is still poor which is hard because we can’t spend too long in one sitting with them. It doesn’t help that often they don’t get food until late on.
The three news boys, Blessed, Abednego and Jesse have arrived at GB. Blessed is the oldest, maybe around 13? and is really sweet in the way he looks after his brothers and other boys at the centre. Abednego must be around 10 ish and is bubbly and full of life. Jesse is apparently 8 but looks closer to 4, he is adorable. They all are, it’s hard to imagine people accusing these boys as demon possessed.
With 19 boys the centre is pretty full and it’s harder to take them on trips. Still, they are all amazingly well-behaved and they don’t mind the squish in the van!
I’m enjoying my Friday mornings at the widows more now. They all look forward to our times together and their excitement is contagious! We normally do some worship, prayer and a short devotion before a game or activity. It’s hard leading devotions because of their English levels, although we are getting better at working with a translator. I don’t know how much they understand or take away from what we say but some of them seem to be really alert which is encouraging. We’ve done various games with them and this last Friday we did an interactive ‘Indomie Quiz’ which they loved. We had different questions and tasks they had to complete, and for each right answer a strand of string was pulled from a saucepan with a lid on it. The ‘Indomie’ pieces were all different lengths and we would tie them together to form one giant piece. At the end they were stretched out to see which team had won with the longest strand. Not that i’m competitive or anything, but the team I was tying indomie pieces together for won 🙂
This Friday was also more fun because three huge crates of wedding dresses had been given to the ministry (they’re wanting to open up a bridal shop). There must have been about 30 dresses and we had great fun helping the widows try them all on so they could be adjusted to African body shapes. It was very crowded and hot but we all had a lot of laughs.
We found sweet potatoes in the Baturi market! A very exciting discovery although they look completely different from UK ones – they are the colour of normal potatoes but huge and shaped like pumpkins. They were incredibly difficult to chop too, I sliced my finger in the process.
We visited a friend in town who owns a shoe shop. He had told us in the past he could sing but as most Nigerians say they can we didn’t think much of it. Anyway he sang for us on Saturday and wow what a voice! It was like something of X Factor or Britains Got Talent, it was beautiful. We spent ages listening to him and doing special numbers with him; it was a bit surreal sitting in this tiny shoe shack in the middle of the market singing and dancing away!
The storms here are way more frequent and heavy than they used to be. Pretty much every day recently it has chucked down with rain in the afternoon. The thunder is crazy loud and the sky lights up purple with the huge cracks of lightning. I love it 🙂 Most people here are happy too because the rain is late this year for their crops.
Last Sunday morning we got up at 6.30 to go to a friends church for a change. We arrived in time for an hour of adult sunday school and then three hours of church. It was in the bottom of what looked like a multi-storey carpark! It was a very African service; lots of singing and dancing. We got moved to the front and had welcome songs sang to us and lots of people came to greet us after. In the afternoon we went to a worship event a friend was playing in which was fantastic. One of those moments where you are so glad you are where you are. It was a long day but good.
Angie and Noah are gone 😦 It was sad saying bye to them, their house is weird now with just Ricky (he’ll join them in a few weeks). Much quieter!
Various new people are coming out for work over the summer which is nice because there’s also a lot of people leaving. The summer teams start soon too which should be good.
We’re hoping soon to go out and do craft at the Gyero school as well as at Open Doors. Jewellery/time with the women at GB still isn’t happening. This is mainly because since the crisis the women just haven’t been coming to the centre which is frustrating. Still, we seem to be quite busy at the moment so maybe it’s good that we focus on what we are doing at the moment without trying to start up more programmes.
Ruth, Abi’s chicken, is no longer. We ran out of food for her and Faniel, our gardener who looks after her and talks to her sometimes (it’s very cute) told us she was ready to eat. So we gave her and her 9 eggs to him, he was delighted and so thankful. Hopefully the house will now be a bit quieter and not so smelly!
There was a huge lizard on the wall in our living room the other day, just another reminder I’m in Africa! As is the fact we’ve had washing in the washing machine for ages because we’ve not had electricity. But at least we have a washing machine.
Prayer points? Mainly the boys at GB, in particular Victor and Hosea and their concentration. And just my last 2 months in general, that I would continue to grow in my relationship with God and make the most of my remaining time here.
Cheers my dears 🙂