Friday forgiveness day
While teaching a 10 year-old class and Cailene was randomly asked if it hurt to get her ear pierced. She said yes it did and Miguel, only half listening said , " Teacher, did you say you have a tattoo?" Cailene said, "no, I said my piercing hurt" Meguel with relief in his voice commented, " I thought you said the tattoo hurt and my religion teacher told us that all who get a tattoo are going to hell and I didn't want you to go to hell." Cailene told the class that God is a God of love and forgiveness and there is nothing that we say or do that God won't forgive if you ask for forgiveness. Another student said pitched in and agreed that God is a God of love and forgiveness. The first student agreed and gave the example that if we offend someone God still forgives us. The class grasped the concept of Gods limitless love!
There's a lot of research on working with people trapped in the poor mentality which presents a different set of challenges. This month is single mom we have been having clean the school in exchange for English classes for her two children withdrew her kids from the school. Her 10-year-old daughter decided she didn't want to study or do homework. The mom didn't want to insist she do homework or clean her room, eat with her mother serves or do public school homework.
Because the mom didn't finish high school herself, education isn't important and she doesn't choose to put in the effort to bring her kids to school even though she had a great opportunity.
We are very disappointed and had several talks to encourage her. Basically she doesn't want to take the time to facilitate her kids learning and she would rather have the whole day Saturday off without any obligations. So with all the many success stories we have shared and we are very grateful for, there are also some disappointments. This is part of the circle of life.
Our school was inspected by the Costa Rica government approval committee. They left us with a list of things we need to do to get the school up to their codes and handicap accessible. When we complete this list they will come and re-inspect us. This added layer of certification and accountability is a wonderful new opportunity for our small rural school to reach out to the community. We appreciate your prayers as Cornelio plows through the volumes of paperwork to complete this process.
Cailene is now 4 months along in her pregnancy and they are eagerly awaiting new baby mid November!
Mekhi's New favorite thing is to ride his small bicycle that doesn't have pedals he just uses his feet to walk on the ground and can go pretty fast.