February 25, 2009

Fishing and Studying

Yesterday was the official First Day of School for the children here, so as you can imagine, there was quite a bit of excitement. Samuel, who is 13, came home to tell me he was the only boy in his class today. He's hoping some of his guy buddies show up soon, because he didn't like that at all.

Since the weather had cooled off from the rains (85* today), Ken and Fredy decided to take a fishing trip. They loaded up Samuel and Anival (the guy who rode bikes with me to the milk lady's house), along with the house dad and some gear. Along the way they picked up a couple more fellas and loaded the SUV down.

It rained off and on the whole time they were gone, but I guess when you're "men," those sorts of things don't interfere with a good fishing trip. They took along a shovel and dug their own worms. It worked out well for the young guys to be able to spend time with the men and cap off their first morning of school. Here, students either go to morning or to afternoon classes, but everyone's home for lunch. Pray for them as they begin a new school year and face the challenges ahead. They are smart children and work hard in their studies, partially due to a great incentive program that's been offered to them. It's exciting to know that these boys and girls have the opportunity to receive an education and are given the time to devote to their homework and studying.

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