Hey y’all! This is Michael reporting from the English camp team. Ryan, Lindsay, Taci and Katherine and I are the English team. Michelle provided invaluable assistance on the first day (she did go to college for 4 years to learn how to do this kind of stuff), but she hasn’t been able to be at the school since then, so we have really had to work to do this whole “teaching English” thing in her absence. It’s been fun though.
This is the team that will be leaving Ukraine and going to China in about a week, and we will be doing very similar things in China, so this camp has been really good for us so far. Ryan and I are both fighting off a pretty nasty cough, so teaching has been challenging at times. The girls are doing pretty well physically, with the exception of Lindsay. She had the cough that has plagued Ryan and me, and it’s just left her worn out. She spent the day today at home. Pray that all of us will begin to feel better soon. We really want to be in top form for whatever God has for us in the next few days…not to mention China just around the corner.
The English camp is divided into 3 pretty structured lesson times. We teach vocabulary, grammar, and conversation for about 45 minutes each. Today 18 kids came, in spite of the pouring rain. I think only one kid didn’t show up from yesterday, so that’s a blessing. It’s been cool spending time with the kids. There are four or five 13 and 14 year old guys who I have really been looking for an opportunity to talk to.
It’s been cool to incorporate the Gospel into the lessons, mostly through vocab and convo. Besides the normal helpful English words, we have taught such words as “sin” “heaven” “God” and “eternal life.” The kids seem to be responding to the lessons very well. Pray that God will give them understanding, and also that He will give us the opportunity to teach the kids about nouns and verbs.
Those of you from home who know me will probably find this hilarious…
The boy who never finished a grammar book in his whole life…who needed a Ukrainian to tell him that there are more than just three verb tenses in English…who despises the rules of the English language with a passion…
That boy is teaching grammar.
God has a sense of humor…and the joke’s on me.