Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The girls in my small group! They were so cute, and really great attitudes.
Phil, Beth, and I - the main English teachers for the week
Awesome helpers from the church in Taipei: Gina, who helped all three weeks, and Marli, who is from Myanmar but has lived in Taiwan for 7 years. She went to university in Yilan and goes to my church, but I'd never met her before! She was my small group helper, and was really sweet and kind.
Students doing a find someone who activity.
My small group playing a game
All of the groups had to choose a song and perform a dance or skit to go with it. This was one of the groups performing the song "Making a Difference"
Have You Ever activity
The game I've seen at almost every camp in Taiwan. They have to try and stand up relying on each others' strength
Relay races, passing ping pong balls on spoons
There were a lot of bikinis being made, and interestingly enough, all on boys.
Our group performing our dance
Linda, the girl in the front was a really good dancer and she choreographed the girls' dance, it was great!
Friday, July 27, 2007
The second week we had to travel about 40 minutes to get to where the camp was. We met every morning at the office around and took a taxi to the MRT station. Then we took the MRT about 11 stops and had to catch another taxi at the other end. Fortunately in
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
My first impressions of
So, I’m changing my initial opinion of
Anyways, I’ve been able to leave the camp after lunch each day giving me lots of prep time in the afternoons which is really nice. I even made it to physio once this week. Next week we’re teaching in a place that’s quite a ways out of the city, so we’ve decided to stay there during the camp. It will be nice to not have to get up so early and travel so far every day, but will be a little tiring. I’ve got to say though, the team I’ve been working with from the church here is absolutely WONDERFUL! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know these new friends. I’ll post pictures if I can ever get some!!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Monday was more training and last minute prep, and Tuesday, we welcomed 110 students into our camp with ages ranging from about 10 to 18. Our group had 10 students, all of whom were 13-14. It was a busy week, but fun. Every morning I was up at 6:30ish, since we had to leave here around 7:30am to get to the church. I spent the whole day at the camp, usually getting home after 6:30pm, grabbing some supper, finishing up things in the office for the next day, and then crashing before 10, well except on Wednesday when LOST was on until 11.
The theme of our camp was Making a Difference, which kind of goes with a great song by Sunshine singers (on of whom is my awesome roommate Libeck). Throughout the week we did games, activties, and skits which taught English and of course challenged the students to make a difference in their own homes, schools etc. Each day the students worked on two large projects: creating a dance/interpretation for one of the songs we used, and creating a project that would somehow make a difference. The first day my students were low on ideas, and didn't seem to excited about doing either. I had 5 girls and 5 boys. 4 of the girls were really into dancing and started their own routine, but the 5th was REALLY shy and didn't want to do it. So I kind of juggled all these students and assigned them each a section of the song. In the end, I think it turned out great, with the boys doing a human pyramid as their finale!
I really got to love those kids over such a short time. I really enjoyed the camp (except for the being exhausted part lol). I was so proud of my group and really ALL the groups when they presented on Friday. I do like camps because they're so high energy, and they have an ability to bring out the best (though sometimes the worst) in students because it's such an intense activity. They really do push themselves more than they would in a weekly class.
Speaking of a weekly class, I started teaching the first of three weeks in a "Bible Basics" class at our weekly English Bible study. I've taught the Bible before, so I wasn't too worried about that aspect, but I was teaching the newcomers class, and since it's summer vacation, we've been getting a LOT of newcomers. Last week there were around 100! Well we'd also encouraged our students from camp to stay and attend, so I was envisioning a class of 200! Fortunately there were "only" 70, which was still quite a few. And despite having minimal time to prepare for it (and botching my magic trick....), I felt like it went really well. Now I wonder how many of those 70 will come back next week!!
There's so much more I could write, and I will post pictures as soon as I can get them from SOMEONE. But for now I should go get ready for next week's KIDS camp...should be interesting!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Our time in Yuli just overlapped a little, but I remember meeting him when he first arrived in Yuli and being so thankful that God has provided Christian teachers for the town I loved. I'd seen him a few more times on some of my return visits there, and could see that he and his team were making a huge positive impact on the people there. Some of my good friends were also really close to him.
On Sunday morning I took the train down to Yuli and was able to pray with a lot of people there. I was awed by the sense of worship there was. We know God is good, but sometimes when we face tragedies we have more questions than answers. Fortunately, we can know that God is still in control, and that he brings good out of even the most acute pain.
There was a memorial for Jon-Eric on Friday, and his family will be returning back to the States soon. Please keep praying for them, as well as for his team members and close friends in Yuli. In the days and weeks to come they will still be coming to terms with his loss and learning how to live without him.