Wow! It's been over a month since I disappeared into the land of no internet! Sometimes I miss it, but I suppose it's a big time saver to not have it. Except that when we come to Niamey then we have tons of e-mail waiting that we have to answer....this morning there were 263 messages waiting! Of course some of them were quickly deleted because they were just junk.
Daniel and Suzanne are settled at Sahel Academy and seem to be happy in the dorm. I say "seem" because I haven't seen them for a month! In just a few minutes we will be leaving to go see them at the school. Yeah!
There are 18 kids (3 of them belong to the dorm parents) and three staff in the dorm. It's a big and noisy family. They go to school, have extra curricular activities, and visit friends who live in town, just like any family. Each of the kids have chores they do each week. Here you see Suzanne having a turn at washing dishes. The kids come to the dorm after school, have a snack, and just hang out or study. Then in the evening when it is cooler, they go outside and play soccer, soft ball, volleyball or basketball. And with 18 kids in your family you pretty much always have enough kids to make two teams for sports. You never lack for someone to hang out with, either! What you may lack is a little peace and quiet, but I think they also learn to give each other the space they need.
Every week they have a Bible study and this year they are studying James. Many of the kids have accepted the challenge of memorizing the entire book of James! They also have community service they are involved in. Daniel helps with grounds-keeping and maintenance chores at the school and hopes to get involved in an outreach ministry to Zarma/Songhai taxi men. Suzanne, I think, will be helping at a local clinic.
Academically they are challenged as the level of courses is at an honors level. They just had quarterly exams -- their first quarter is already over!
Pray for all of us as we are separated. I sure do miss them when they're not home, but I'm glad for this opportunity for them to have a more well-rounded academic, spiritual and social life than they would get in Tera.