Time has been going so slowly and yet so quickly over here. I can’t believe it’s almost July already!
Here is what has been going on with us at Poetice:
- We have been loving getting to know our group of interns and pouring into them. One of my favorite things is watching those who usually are never in a cross-cultural context to step out of their comfort zones and learn how to love others from a different race/culture. Our interns are in class every morning, and I have fortunately had the opportunity to sit in with them! We have so far had teachers from Australia, the States, and Zambia.
- I have been continuing to tutor Inness three days a week. When we first started, she could not identify any letters. I praise God that now she is able to identify all uppercase and lowercase letters!!! Things have gotten more challenging as I am teaching her without a translator, and we are moving on to more conceptual things (blending sounds together to make words). Please pray for my creativity in teaching her and for so so SO much patience.
- The second full day our interns were here, we surprised them by telling them we were going to host a camp! The two-night camp was for 82 kids, aged 10 and up. The theme was “Story”—about how God’s story (the Gospel) affects our lives. We had found prior to this that many of the kids could not describe or had not heard what the Gospel was, even though many go to church. It was a great opportunity to get to know kids more intentionally and actually learn kids’ names.
- Our kids ministry has now hit 300 kids!! We have been so thankful for the extra hands that our interns provide, but we are still in need for local volunteers. When the interns leave in August, our kids ministry will not be sustainable with our current number of volunteers. Please pray that the Lord would bring faithful, passionate volunteers to partner with us.
- We have a solid group of teens that have been coming to our youth group. Truths are slowly but surely starting to sink in. In a highly relational culture, I am always trying to show that God is personal and relational, rather than being completely spiritual. Last week, I asked them why God made us. And one of the girls said, “He wants us to be in His family.” YES!!! The last couple weeks, we have seen several of the teen boys start to serve in small ways, like helping organize the line for the registration table. This is a BIG DEAL to see them step up since they may not have examples of males serving at home.
- As soon as we had finished our last camp, we started working on organizing the next camp that we will be hosting next Saturday! It will be a four-day youth camp for selected teens that we have seen demonstrate leadership and initiative. The last two days of camp, the teens will be able to serve with us as they lead small groups for the kids ministry. I am ecstatic that we get to be explicitly instilling leadership and servanthood values in our youth, but we know that no transformation will happen without the Holy Spirit.
I would appreciate prayers for physical and emotional energy. Having to prepare a weekly lesson without any specific curriculum makes my mind reeling throughout the entire week and is starting to take a toll on my emotional health (anxiety, being overwhelmed easily). However, in the busyness of life, having to prepare these lessons forces me to intentionally quiet myself and spend time with the Lord. And for that, I am thankful. If you want to know more about anything I mentioned above, feel free to ask! I would also love to know ways that I can be praying for you. Your messages, emails—any communication—are all welcome!