As we began our second week of classes, the often “unseen” or “other” part of teaching began to be felt today as well: grading assignments. My translator, Simeon, and I spent most of the afternoon starting on the job of grading assignments as they are written in French.
Note to self: take this into account next time you teach a class in Haiti or anywhere else (where English is not the first language) when it comes to the assignments you give! We were able to get about half way completed with just the assignments that were handed in on Friday, with a new batch of shorter assignments on deck that were handed in today.
We enjoyed a great meal around the tables tonight with the missionaries, their families, and all the visiting professors and guests. Tonight we were in the Heckman home for dinner (I will include a photo of them another day). We alternate between the Heckmans and the Ayars for the evening meal. It was a blessing to sit around the table tonight and see how anxious people were to serve one another, with the biggest contention being about who would “get to” do the dishes this evening. It was something of a demonstration of the very thing we spoke of in class this morning: people allowing Jesus to live in them and demonstrate Himself through them in real, everyday life, with no concern for pride.
I had the special added blessing of being able to being able to video chat with my family: Trina and Carey at home, and Chaili at college. What an encouragement to be able to share about our days and to pray together. God is good, and His goodness continues to spill over in these days in Haiti. Thank you again for interceding as Jesus continues to make an impact in the spiritual realm; it is being seen in this place.