Little Trisha – 4 year old girl from Calcutta who doesn't speak the local language. Trisha still cries for her mother from time to time but Venkat goes to her and comforts her when she does. Sometimes, he takes her from her class, so as not to disturb the others, and teaches her outside. He now has her writing numbers and the English alphabet for the first time ever! Last week, she ran up to me and smiled and said, “Good morning, Mam!” in English! She stands in the line with the other children and folds her hands and bows her head to pray the Lord's prayer. Venkat was a gift from God for little Trisha! Can't wait to see her next summer.
Ashwani – A hindu Kindergarten student whose father was hospitalized after a motorcycle accident the first week we were here. Chitra came and got us as soon as she heard the news and together with a few other teachers, we prayed immediately. We then
Our Daily Activities – Sometimes people ask us what we do while we're here. Most importantly, we engage in relationships. Each morning, we ask God to give us opportunities to reveal His love for others. Sometimes this becomes relationships with villagers, students, parents, teachers, and their families. We train teachers in English and instructional best practices. We sing and laugh a lot too! This year, we brought 10 E-Tablets loaded with Bible software and other educational apps. We deployed these in the school and trained the teachers in how to use them with all ages of students. They are a big hit with children and teachers alike! We also brought 3 laptop computers to add to the 10 we purchased/brought last year. If you've not had an opportunity to read the “Someone's Coming” blog, I encourage you to read the incredible story of the computer donation program. And, if you would like to donate a new or used laptop, or cash to purchase one, please let us know by clicking the“Contact Us” link above. In the evenings, we plan for the next day, write for the blog, answer emails, and sometimes even, walk on the beach. Our favorite beach is at Koklimedu, a nearby fishing village that was decimated by the tsunami in 2004 and where some of our beloved Achiever Academy children live. They welcome us warmly each time we visit and we've enjoyed watching the children grow up in our 6 summers here. Sometimes, we run into former students or teachers in the village who have moved on to other schools or villages. Often, shopkeepers and restaurant owners greet us as old friends. We feel loved and warmly accepted here. It always feels like we've come home again and it is hard to say goodbye.
We hope you've enjoyed our journey this summer and appreciate your prayers for us and our friends here. We have experienced so much more than we have had time to write about so we hope to continue blogging in the weeks and months to come. In the meantime, please continue to pray for the teachers, children, and staff of Acts of Mercy.
If you are interested in learning more, or even perhaps, in joining us here in India next summer, we'd love to hear from you! Send us an email by clicking on the link Contact Us above. All questions and interests are welcome!
May God bless each of you and your families as richly as He has blessed us here in India.
Susan & Jim