Teaching and being at the Seminary continues to be one of our favorite things to do! It is, after all the ministry that we came here to do...but you spend so much time each day 'surviving' (running errands, cooking, cleaning, communicating, finding things, fixing things) that it is a joy each day to be about training pastors!
Friday I (Stacey) was subbing for another English class. I spent a few minutes introducing myself, and then the students asked a few questions. I explained in my introduction that I went to university to study Journalism, further explaining that this means that I learned how to write about things like news and people. After I finished, a rather confused looking man raised his hand, and then asked. "Jouralism and archeology...there is no difference?"
I'm not quite sure where he had leared about archeology, but decided to try to explain.
So, for a few minutes we discussed again what journalists do and then what archaeologists do, discussing dinosaurs and "old things", like "from the Bible." The students all nooded their heads in agreement, but the student who had asked the question was still looking at me as if they were the same. So we talked about how archaeologists go to many places and dig for bones, artificats, perhaps even Noah's ark, and how I, as a jouranlist, was writing pamphlets for the Seminary.
"Ah!" the student agreed excitedly. "So, small different, yes?"
Perhaps I am not a very good English teacher, but there are now people in Haiti who think that the blond foreigner, "Madame Matt" is in Haiti to dig for Noah's ark!
Matt is preparing to start teaching other classes aside from Hebrew, and we both officially "graduated" from Creole training today! We are on our own to continue to learn vocab.
Thursday night we are hosting dinner for the Seminary staff, and a good friend is coming early to help us cook a large Haitian meal. "If we eat at 5:30, what time should we start?" I asked her today. "Oh, NO time at all," she tells me. "We will start at 2:30 and should be done in time." Right now, I cannot even IMAGINE cooking for that long. In Haiti, this is what women do, from 5 am until 6 pm. I am SO glad that cooking is not my ministry in Haiti! But for one evening, it should be fun :)
All of these pictures are from the seminary, and show you each of our classrooms (without the 6 inches of water that was in them last week :)
Please continue to pray for Hershniece, the little girl mentioned under this week's prayer requests. She has taken a turn for the worst... Thank you!