Do you know what another great thing about the literacy class is? I get to learn so much too. On Thursday, during literacy class, as I wrote a story on the whiteboard for us all to puntuate (I am trying to drum the need for capital letters and full stops - periods- in sentences), I had my Tok Pisin corrected and then we ended up having a big discussion on cultural practices regarding some aspects of village life. I just love these added bonuses!
Then on Friday we went to the girl's school for the assembly (they have one every second week on a Friday afternoon). Shiana was receiving a "gold award", basically the result of receiving 40 merit awards, which are given for good work or good effort, or for working well. So of course we had to go along to see her receive her award. And then Kirilee ended up getting a 10 kina voucher from the tuck shop. She got this as her name was drawn out of a "hat". How do you get your name in the hat in the first place? You need to get a "caught you being good" award, and then you get to put your name in the hat. Well, she was pretty excited about that one, though I think she is going to share the voucher with her sister!
On a different note - today was the funeral for Ishmael, the boy who was killed in retaliation for a crime he committed. Ian spoke at the funeral and used the opportunity to call all his family and friends to rethink their lives and to commit themselves to Christ, the One who has conquered death! It is quite a different funeral experience to be sitting in the middle of a settlement, on the floor, with people scattered far and wide, and a coffin somewhere in the middle. Just sitting there, in the midst of the people, watching the family grieve just makes your heart go out to them. What a terrible way to lose a loved one. May God change many hearts in that community and may he bring comfort to the family, especially Augustina who faithfully comes to fellowships, worship services and the literacy course.
Hamming it up for the camera
Well that's about it for tonight. Goodnight and God bless you all.