Dear family and friends,
Monday, January 10, 2011 6:25 PM
Today was our first official work day at the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf in Montego Bay, Jamaica. After an early (6:30 am) breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast and fresh fruit, the team split up and fixed a broken water pipe, painted the fascia on the principal's house and a third group began painting the rooms in the boy's dormitory. After lunch and showers the team then went into the classrooms to begin working with the students while vice principal, Daviot Reid, and I worked with the teachers on using Smart Boards in their classrooms.
Tomorrow we will be taking all of the students, teachers, and the missionary family, the Daniels, and their children to the new Jamaica Zoo. Just about all of the children have come up to me today to say how excited they are to be going with us tomorrow. I'm sure that it's not the biggest zoo in the world but for these children, it will be a real treat. Then on Wednesday and Thursday the Jamaica team intends to plan their afternoon lessons around our trip to the zoo including writing stories, teaching new vocabulary and a host of other activities. Wednesday and Thursday will find Daviot and I helping the teachers learn to use PowerPoints more effectively in their classrooms and will ask each to prepare a PowerPoint about the zoo trip appropriate for their grade level.
Attached you will find several pictures of the team: fixing the water pipe, painting fascia, and taking a break from painting the boy's dormitory.
I am truly blessed to have Samantha Stavola, a recent Trinity graduate as my assistant and an awesome team of students with me this week.
More to follow after our trip to the zoo. Please continue to keep us in your prayers; prayers for safety, unity and growing in the love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In His Service,