So let's see- my journey began on August 20th, leaving Omaha and hopping over to Chicago. Then was my long international flight to Doha, Qatar! God was so good- as I didn't have to lug any of my big luggage through any airports during layovers! I had about eight hours at the Doha airport. Thank goodness for free wifi! Here's a glimpse at the crazy huge airport!
The first week I was here was also teacher planning week at Hope! You can read more about that here. I went through curriculum, decorated my classroom, and prepared for my firsties to get there! Here is one of my fun little decorations I forgot to put into to my blog post about the planning week. I found some colorful foam butterflies, wrote each of my students' names on them, and put them on my classroom door to welcome my first graders into our classroom! It was so cute- some of them took pictures next to their name on the first day!
Changes happen all the time, in every school, in every classroom. And there were definitely some that took place in mine! The first day of school I had maybe six of my nine students show up. Through the past four weeks, we have gone from having five students one day, to now having thirteen on my classroom roster (two which will be coming in the second semester, one who only comes in the afternoons, and one who just moved up from Kindergarten this week!). I also switched assistant teachers twice, and was without one for about two weeks. But I absolutely LOVE my T.A. Sarah so much! She is awesome with the students and I am so grateful for her!
After the first week of school and some reevaluation, we switched classrooms with the Kindergarten class, due to size issues. Through and through, God has been my Rock, and I will not be shaken! Here is a picture of my new classroom from Friday, where we were working in centers!
Besides teaching and planning, we've been having lots of other adventures! I go to town at least once a week for groceries, and sometimes for fun! I have a blog post talking about that too! We get together with other missionaries here in Moshi at least once a week. Every Wednesday is potluck and worship night, and several families meet at someone's house for that. We'e having it at our house this week! A lot of the missionary families here send there students to Hope.
Ryan and Stacy also host a intercession worship night the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month that is more of an intense time of prayer, verses fellowship. We also get together as a Global Effect team (Global Effect is the umbrella organization that is over Hope, that Ryan and Stacy also founded) for house church on the first Sunday of the month to connect and grow. The community of missionaries here is so cool, and I'm loving getting to know everyone!
|Last weekend we celebrated the 2nd birthday of the daughter of Brandon and Melissa- one of the families part of Global Effect. It was a camping theme- SO cute!|
Favorites: Tanzanian coffee, worship nights, my first graders, Wednesday chapels, Mount Kili, building friendships, and Tanzanian foods
Struggles: bug bites and paying-too-much-for-bad-wi-fi-troubles
I have also been reading through Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It's a simple daily devotional that packs a powerful punch! This leather-bound one was a gift from my parents at my send-off party. The most special part is that I have letters from home scattered throughout, that friends and family wrote me at the send-off! It has blessed me so much already, and every entry is exactly what I need to start my day!
If you want to see more from me day-to-day, click on the links below! Asante sana (thank you very much) for all the prayers! I might be halfway across the world (to some of you), but I can feel the love!
Much Love, Allie