Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Allah Tanto! Halleujah!





It is incredible to final see these photos. The first day of school with their pink and blue uniforms! We did it!! The dream has really become reality for the CRC and many other people in Kabala and around the world. It is a long way from when I first started only in January. Now it is september and school has begun! It is exciting to see the children of people who have been instrumental in this community now attending here. Allah Tanto! Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen!

The sound of a brass bell began a new chapter in Christian education in Kabala. At 8 AM on Wednesday, September 26, 2007, when the bell rang out, over 100 students, their parents, their teachers, and a number of other local people who were instrumental in the formation of CRC Primary School in Kabala, began with singing a Krio hymn and other choruses and prayer. Ilean and I were filled with joy to represent the Fraser Valley Christian High School and Surrey Christian School communities. The people in attendance expressed great joy and thanksgiving for the school, its qualified teachers and the encouragement from the international community.
Later we spent a couple of hours just walking through the classrooms as teachers were beginning to implement some very creative teaching with most of their teaching materials still on the way. But that didn't dampen their enthusiasm for learning. They are trying to be a real alternative to many local schools where students are encouraged to be passive learners. No here.
Few of us get the opportunity as we have had today of seeing students and teachers come together for the first time in a community, in a country. In Krio we say, Plenti, Plenti, Tenki!
Lee & Ilean

13 comments:

Dennis said...

I'm thinking right now of the 120 or so students who went to school today at CRC Primary-Kabala. I'm thinking of what they may have told their mothers and fathers when they returned home. I'm thinking about them lying in bed, whispering to brothers and sisters about the shiny new desks,the wonderful teachers, the sound of the school bell,the red roof, the new chalk board, about the songs sung before class and the visitors from Canada. If it was their first day ever, that sleepy head is already dreaming. My hope and prayer is that this school would be a part of shaping the future of this country that has dreams of its own for which it needs bright men and women educated in such a school. It's humbling to think that we are priveleged to share in the dreaming.

Lynn Anne said...

Very exciting! Congrats on the opening of the school and I pray that God will continue to provide as faithfully as He has up until this point. Blessings...

Maputobound said...

These photos bring tears to my eyes. Praise God! So proud to be a part of the FVCH community that has helped to make this happen.

Swallowfield said...

As I watched the sun slowly light up the horizon, the same sun that rose in Kabala, the words of the old hymn come to mind...'when morning gilds the sky, my heart awakening cries, may Jesus Christ be praised"..a day for praise!! And so sweet to have Lee and Ilean there.
I sat under the maple tree in the back yard remembering how it was in the middle of winter cold when Asher left and how the tree would be a full canopy on his return in June. Like the opening of the school, fall is arriving a little late, the tree is full of green leaves...life!!
mom/Jenny

Anonymous said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!
Grace Groot

Mike Todd said...

What an incredible journey!
Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That's so beautiful! It's awesome to finally see the children in their new desks, ready to learn in a new way. I pray God will bless their education and use it for the improvement of Sierra Leone and for His glory. Praise God! :o)
~LJD

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