None of the supplies were purchased upon arrival so Doug and Brad joined our local contractor, Bill, to the local lumber yard and hardware store. Meanwhile, the rest of us joined different classrooms and participated in their academic activities, which varied depending on the age. It was an eye-opener to see dozens of children sharing small rulers and hardly any erasers could be found. They're using pencils that are snapped in half and cutting each peice of paper into four to make sure that it gets used to it's fullest. There are eight classes (seven teachers) at the school, and 173 students. Each student is a gift from God, full of potential and joy. We can feel their excitement in their touch and see the joy in their sparkling eyes.
Photo's taken during the morning break
Toothbrushing just after lunch
At 4:30pm our bus driver, Jamal, arrived to take us back to the Casa Blanca. Most of us cleaned up and headed to this internet cafe to get in touch with loved ones or work on this blog. We then enjoyed dinner at a Sri Lankan restaurant and finished the night off with a nice devotional led by fellow missioner, Stanley Isherwood. We had a great conversation based on the book of Luke - Parable of the Lost Sheep.
It was a day that I am sure will change many of us for the rest of our lives. These are beautiful people embracing us with their love, gratitude and smiles.