Okay, about time I put up another update. I’ve been bad at this; I intended to update every week! Oh well, here’s the scoop for the past few:
On June 28th I went to the Ma Oh Jo village again. Justin Giammalva or “JG” came to help design a new building with Go-win, an engineer working for ITDP, and help with the continued construction of the eating area. My main objective was to initiate the leaders to start cell groups for the church as a way to disciple believers and equip them for personal evangelism to unbelievers in the area.We had a few meetings. The first morning Mike Mann and I talked with Apichot, the embedded Evangelist and chaplain/teacher of the Ma Oh Jo school, and introduced the idea. We had another one introducing the idea to some of the leading villagers and the last night getting some details set with one of the volunteering pastors of the church in Ma Oh Jo. It is hard for me to gage how everything went, since I was working through translation and the carrying out of cell groups is up to them. But we set a goal of getting materials to them and beginning leader training by October. During the day I did a few different things. I spent considerable time on my pre-course task for my CELTA Teaching English Certification school for July, which was fairly difficult for me; I was supposed to have a grammar book on hand, but didn’t. I helped out a little with filtering sand to be used for the fine-grain cement to finish the columns. I also taught a few English language classes to the students in the Ma Oh Jo school. I had a theme of “Equipment/work” terms such as hoe, shovel, dirt, rock, machete, rebar, etc. that I taught to the 3rd and 4th grades. I would have posted pictures, but we didn’t bring a camera. 😦 When we got back I had one day to scramble and get ready for the CELTA course and enjoy some freedom before it began! We (Brit, JG, and I) went to a Fourth of July picnic put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which was fun.
Hannah was in a Lahu village with another American team since July 1st and returned the 7th. My course started on the fifth and I’ve moved in to a house nearby with Go-win. I went to see Brit and Hannah on the weekend though and we had good times, like eating a banana pancake (among other things) at Lanna Cafe, the fairtrade coffee company that buys from the villagers.
I’m midway through my second week of the course. It is a very demanding process, but I’m so thankful to God for letting me do it. Pray for us as we finish our time here. Brittani had an earache and still cannot hear out of one ear, while trying to work on getting everything in line for her to be a US distributer for coffee from villagers. Hannah is trying to finish her reading for her internship requirements and helping out at the ITDP office. They leave the 18th, while I stay for two more weeks and finish this certificate… somehow.