Tuesday October 9, 2018

Romans 12:6-8 “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.”

Today was our first day teaching the monks at the temple. We had no idea how much English they knew so there was no way to really prepare anything. So we just went with it and each of us assessed our classes for what they knew. There are about 14 boys in Jeff’s class and 18 in mine. His class definitely seems that they are a bit older than mine, as mine are all between 13-15 years old. There are 3-4 boys in the class who have a pretty good knowledge of the English language, each having a fair amount of vocabulary, but need some work on forming sentences and answering questions. The rest of the class is very difficult to engage. The majority of the boys don’t seem that interested in learning English, so that does make it quite difficult. We taught for 2 hours with a break in between and then we stopped for lunch. We were brought way too much food, but it was very good. Then we taught two more classes and headed home.

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Both girls came with us today and they seemed to enjoy being there. The monks seemed to really enjoy Lucia. She seems to be the center of attention everywhere and it may be going to her head already. We have had family visitors almost every night at the house and Lucia seems to be the center of everyone’s attention. Everyone hugging her and doting on her very existence. She is absolutely loving all of the attention.

We arrived home today to find 2 packages for us. Anjali’s computer and tablet arrived, safe and sound. And we received another package from our wonderful church back in Madison, full of cards and well wishes, and of course candy and Annie’s Mac and Cheese for the kids! The kids were also kind enough to share the Sour Patch Kids with our new friends. Grandma wasn’t so sure about them, but ended up having two!

Tonight we ended up taking David to the clinic here in town because the hives seem to have gotten worse. They are all over his face, and really over his whole body. By the time we got home from teaching (he stayed home with Gramma and Nana), he was covered head to toe in hives. The doctor was very kind and spoke a fair amount of English. He gave David some stronger antihistamines, as well as a cream and an oil for the hives. Hopefully this will work.

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