Thoughts from Rwanda: Day One

May 11, 2016

Teaching Day One

We were just able to get wifi here at Domus Pacis, the home of nuns and novices (nuns in training), so these posts are going to be published a few days late, but that’s okay.
It’s pretty cool sleeping under a mosquito net. I feel like a child in a fort.

This is the longest my phone battery has ever lasted. I have 75% battery, and I have not plugged it in on over 24 hours. I have not been able to connect with anyone outside of my group since arriving in Kigali, but I find peace in that.

I hear a beautiful chorale of women singing praises to the universal God from my bedroom window. I don’t know what they are saying, but that does not affect the elegance of their voices.

The novices here are very sweet, and they definitely exemplify Christ’s idea of hospitality. They greet us whenever they pass by, and they communicate the best they know how.

The grounds are beautiful, covered with blooming flowers and fruit trees. The food is great, too, though it took some getting used to. We’ve had new fruits, several potato combinations, and pea soup poured over rice. Breakfast usually consists of a slice of bread with peanut butter, coffee and tea, and sometimes an omelette or fruit.

We teach approximately six hours a day, and each group works with eight different classes a day, four third-grade classes and four fourth-grade classes.

The children we teach are the best students I could ever imagine. The school is layer out with strips of classrooms around a red-dirt courtyard. When we walked through the school gate, all the children peeked their heads and eyes through the bars of the classroom windows and and the doors.

Their smiles reached their ears and they wiggled in their benches as we walked into the room. We learned quickly that teaching takes lots of repeating, clapping and singing. They kids laugh and dance, and we have as much fun as they do. They are all so well behaved and listen very well.i just wish I could understand their names to get to know them better.

Some kids know English well, and some have trouble catching on, but that is what we are here for.

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