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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reasons to keep smiling :)

Hello again! For this post, expect a few scattered updates about life, in addition to a few videos :)

After 3 months of emptiness, the Monastery is starting to get busy again. Last weekend, we were blessed to have 20+ students from the local theological college. My only pictures are from an impromptu singing/praise session after Sunday Eucharist.
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I say we were blessed because all people are unique blessings; one way these students were/are blessings is in their singing! Our high-spirited worship reminded me how vibrant church can be. 

We were also blessed to welcome none other than YASCer Holly Milburn! …and her mother!!! These wonderful ladies spent 2 night with us as part of an adventure along the garden route. Despite being on vacation, they helped teach the grade 2 English class.

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This was Holly’s 2nd time at the Monastery (remember this post?) and she says she is “2 for 2” on successful trips.

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Once again, our students showed exemplary behavior among visitors.

I’m now going to rewind to last week, and catch you up on laptop class:

Our students get excited about laptops. Really excited. Some students break into celebration after completing an activity.
Behold:
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Unsurprisingly, the children are learning the basic computer functions with little help. They also help each other complete an assignment. It is a joy to witness.
Behold (again):
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 With classes like this, I’m in a good mood on Friday afternoons!
Now, shifting gears entirely: Do you remember “Waving Flag”, the official hymn of the 2010 South Africa World Cup? I had all but forgotten it until the grade R students began singing it, in Xhosa. This quickly caught on among other students, and I was soon able to catch them in the act:

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These are but some of the reasons I’ve been smiling lately. Here are a few more:

-Several fellow YASCers have announced plans for life after this year, thus allowing us to share in their excitement (I can share mine once I know myself :)

-We have 2 weeks left until a school break -a break that I recently learned is not one but two weeks long! Woohoo!        (And after that, only 10 weeks left until winter break? Where has time gone?!)

-I have now been in South Africa for 7 months!!! I know this isn’t a typical milestone, but “7 months” hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m realizing 1) time gets away from us when we stop looking, and 2) I am happy to be here :) Simply put, it is right for me to be here -this place, this time in my life, with these opportunities for reflection. It is a blessing to live in, and I cherish knowing there are many several months more :)

What has made YOU smile today?
In Christ,
-Cameron

3 comments:

  1. Your post made me smile, Cameron. Love that Holly and her mother got to visit. Sending special hugs to you, Stephen, and all those great kids.

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  2. Good post man! I see you met my friend Mathula from Lesotho. He started at the Seminary last month. He's the one holding the water bottle in the pic above. Keep it up, brother!

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  3. oooo, comments! always fun to get feedback from folks. I love seeing the pix of the kids and the people that make up your world right now. Yes, SEVEN months! I've been counting from here. I can't believe we're into our 3rd month of this year already. What made me smile today, you ask? Lots and lots of robins along the roadsides hunting for spring worms!

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