Esther has started primary school

Schools have started: also for Esther

One of the buildings of the primary school. The class room with the closed door is for first grade.

One of the buildings of the primary school. The class room with the closed door is for first grade.

Monday September 7 was the day. That is, the first day of school in Adi. Esther was to start first grade in primary school. But she was sad when arriving. Her ‘mommy’ (who paid her school fees at the nursery school – for the AIDS Program that is, but Esther doesn’t know that) was not there. Me. I was already busy at home and didn’t make it until around 9.55. By that time she had found her teacher and her fellow students, of whom some came from the same nursery school as she. The room was still dirty when I arrived, but who cares when seeing around thirty welcoming faces with big smiles. The one of Esther being by far the biggest.

Esther with her teacher and some of the other pupils

Esther with her teacher and some of the other pupils

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Listening to the teacher with arms crossed. Esther second from right on the front desk.

Triplets (now twins)

The two boys of the triplets taken to the hospital a couple of weeks ago have slowly started gaining weight. Their mom also knows now how to feed them through the tube. She is doing all she can, and is helped by the nurses who rejoice in their growth.

The two boys of the triplets are growing.

The two boys of the triplets are growing.

AIDS Awareness Program

The work of the AIDS program is continuing. I am involved in several projects but now have been able to involve some others to help me. For example with the book for the section Bible Schools. Badaru has translated one of the new chapters for ‘Choosing Hope’ and I have been working on the editing of the first chapters (in the new version there are changes that have been made) and also I am working on a syllabus for the training of the church leaders. We want to organize a training in Aru but have not heard back yet from the district president of CECA.

Also I can tell you that another short term missionary will arrive the beginning of October to work with the AIDS Awareness Program and in the hospital. YEAH!

 

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