Monday, May 1, 2017

May cheer!

May is here and we want to share some cheer! We are expecting our new addition to the family the beginning of December! We are so happy for this pregnancy.


 
Its rainy season and there has been lots of thunder. Our dogs are always outside except when there is thunder and they are inside on the kitchen floor.




People are like garbage trucks. They carry frustrations, disappointments and anger. Soon it gets all piled up and people feel like they need to dump it on someone else. Don't take it personally. Don't let their garbage get on you or let it fall on others. Learn to smile and let it roll off you. Be like a duck in the water and let the water just roll off you back. Let the garbage, words and actions just roll off your back.  Shake it off. Smile, Love those who treat you right. Pray for those who don't. Life is 10% what you make of it. 90% of how you take it. Stay positive. 

This week Cornelio and I took the government’s highest certification test. The test involved going into a room and two teachers role played as students. I was given a subject to teach and had 40 min to write a lesson plan and then had to present the lesson and teach for 30 minutes. To pass one has to score at least 90% It was the biggest professional challenge I have ever had. Lots of interaction and feedback. Praising God we both passed the test and the government has certified us to teach all levels using their material and we can now offer this at our school. In the future some students can get a government scholarship to take classes. This is a huge step for the school and we are so excited. Please pray for all the upcoming paper work and upgrading of the school to meet codes and requirements.

Blessings,
Cornelio, Cailene and Mekhi



Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 2017

April is a month of celebration as we continue to celebrate in the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice and salvation for each one of us.
 






Butterflies can't see their wings. They cannot see how beautiful they are. Our students are like that butterfly. As teachers we like the challenge of trying to help them see their worth, their beauty and their potential.

 




This is the ladies group that Cailene started. Cailene is teaching them how to knit so they can sell their products and have their own income. They are learning how to knit their first hats.


"Faith is like Wi Fi, it’s invisible but it has the power to connect you to what you need"












Rick Warner said, "I was asked what is the best translation of the Bible? My answer was when you translated into your life. If you're not translating God's word into your life you're not studying the Bible the way God intended."
How do you see God using the Bible to transform your life?

May God bless you and encourage this month!
Cornelio, Cailene, and Mekhi



Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Collage 2017

We took a day trip hike up the creek.          This spider was in our living room.  

We are teaching the emotions: happy, sad, angry, mad, Our students drew a face on a balloon make a face showing each emotion. It was a fun hands on activity and great way to practice review the emotions.





















 Cornelio built a chicken coop and Mekhi enjoys feeding them. 

Cailene started a music group. It is made up of friends from different churches. The purpose is to get together and practice worship songs. The group enjoyed getting together so much they decided to make this a monthly event. They look  forward to learning new worship songs and helping each other be accountable to practice music and to be praying for each other.


Cornelio was the translator in some classes for martial arts. 




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Friday, February 10, 2017

February 2017

Valentine’s Day is just a day that
give each of us a time to express love and appreciation to the people God has put into our lives.






We try to give our students a craft to make a card for their parents and others who have encouraged them. We think gratefulness is a taught thing and must be practiced and students show ways to express gratitude. In this busy world of texting and immediate gratification taking time to personally make an effort to give a personal card with words of love and appreciation is becoming a lost art. This goes for all ages and parents not only appreciate this but are taking it a step farther and in a few cases doing it themselves.






Cornelio encourages others also and it is through his exercises and teaching self discipline and being a strong male role model that opens hearts and minds to receive what Jesus wants us to be using all our skills and all our talents and bettering ourselves so we can be more productive and helpful to our family and friends. It is not about just our self, it is about growing the ones around us that gives us true happiness and a feeling of purpose and self worth. This must be taught because our human selfish nature wants us to stay self absorbed. We are grateful for this new out let to reach a mostly unchurched group. Lots of conversations and many questions from these young men in training.








Lets take extra time this month and purpose to thank several people and share our heart felt gratitude. We want to tell them how thankful we are for how God used them to encourage and love us when we needed it most. 

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

January marks the starting a new calendar year as well as a new school year. We are looking forward to implementing some new ways to improve our communication with parents and some creative ways our students can share and show their work. In December we had our graduation. We also had a speech competition to encourage our students to speak in public and use the English they have learned in front of people.  This year will be the eighth year of having our school and we are thankful with how God has blessed it over the years!  



This is Anna she is our Saturday secretary, greeter and helper.  She is very talented and good with both adults and students. Her daughter is in our program so she knows the expectations and goals of the school. She is excited to be part of our staff and we are looking forward to having her.


Excell......yes its time to get our school on an excel program we have  been taking classes so we both understand and can  manage the administration and growth of the school. This will streamline things as we continue to grow. We are tracking the students from two different locations so this will be much easier and improve accountability.

Warm weather, surrounded by many shades of green is our typical January. We enjoy living in Costa Rica and we are so happy. We step into 2017 with an open mind, heart and spirit. 











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