The kids have been in school for almost 7 weeks now and for the most part, it’s going well. They have all made some friends, which is exactly what we were hoping for. It is definitely challenging, especially for Jolie, whose homework sometimes takes hours to complete. And having to give presentations in front of the class is very intimidating for Jolie and Ivan. Once again, we are so thankful for Marlin, who helps the kids every afternoon with their homework.
To save on tuition costs, Ben started teaching English at the school’s afternoon English immersion program. He teaches 7-8 year olds, and it has been very challenging. Here, kids aren’t taught to sit still in school and listen, and it can be very frustrating at times. It has been a cultural experience for our kids, as well, to try to learn in an environment that is often chaotic. This is probably not going to be a long-term solution for our kids’ education, but for this year the main purposes are for them to become fluent in Spanish and to make friends.
Our friends from Skatechurch in Portland came for a visit, bringing with them the 19 skateboards which had been previously held up in Miami. It was so fun to have friends from home, and while they were here they built four ramps for our Skatechurch. The neighbor kids were really excited about all the new skateboards and ramps! This past Monday evening Ben shared how much Jesus loves children, a little bit of his testimony, and a clear Gospel message, with our friend Pedro translating. It has been such a blessing to have the involvement of several people in our local church. We couldn’t do it without them.
As ever, we are thankful for all who read, care, pray, and give toward our ministry here in the Dominican Republic.
Ben, Tonya, Jolie, Ivan, Samuel, and Melody
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