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1 July (Sunday)

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1 July (Sunday): Day of Worship and rest

We went to bed with a hope that we would sleep soundly and get over jet lag in one day.  Unfortunately, the power went off at 2:10 PM (I know exact time because I woke up struggling for breath since my CPAP was not working).  It did not come back on until about 740.  So many slept fairly well except when they tried to find the bathroom in the dark, but I slept for only 4 hours.  I was able to get a little nap when the power came back on.  Breakfast was coffee (if you brought your coffee bags) or tea, oatmeal and toast with butter, jam, honey, and/or peanut butter.  This was our breakfast fare almost every morning.

 

At about 9:30 we left for Sunday service in the church which is the new 7th grade classroom built by the team that came in January.  It takes about 5 minutes to get to Anajali School from Wellingtoneā€™s home.  We returned home at 210. In between was church from arrival to departure.  The church does have a loud speaker system which is set up every Sunday.  Maybe I should call it a LOUD speaker system.  We will bring earplugs next Sunday.  Church in Africa has Lots of singing dancing, praise, testimonies, and preaching.  There is just a general schedule with lots of improvising and no time limit on any event;  it was done when the Spirit stopped moving the participants.  We all were introduced to the congregation which consists mostly of some of the teachers and children who attend school and their families.  There was lots of lalalalalalal ing which is called ululation.

 

After church, we had to sort flipflops into three sizes small, medium, and large.  This meant going on a flip-flop hunt since they were stuffed into every possible nook and cranny of our suitcases.  It also meant sorting out the other items we brought since they were packed in the same way.  We had six microscopes, six folding shovels, lots of brightly colored bolts of cloth, skeins of yarn, spools of thread, more toothpaste and toothbrushes, and packages for sponsored children from their sponsors .  Once the flip flops were sorted, they were counted and put into five of the now empty suitcases and one trash bag.  We had  67 large, 173 medium and 226 small or 479 total and this will allow some leftovers for other students who were absent or come to school later.

 

After sorting we had a late tea and around 8:30 we had supper (which occurred at about this time every evening) consisting of beans and a special kind of flat bread, which we learned was broken and wrapped around some beans and eaten as a mini taco.

 

After supper we made assignments for next day and Malaina and Emily made lunch bags for us all consisting of one sandwich and one banana apiece.  Wellington was given lessons on the use of his new tablet and he spent almost all night playing with it to learn all the ways it can help him.

 

We went to bed at about 1030 and most, but not all, slept soundly.

 

The worship team on Sunday AM.  The loudspeakers were LOUD and the worshipers were energetically animated.  Wellingtone is in the foreground on the left in the tan suit jacket.  The two men on each side of Wellingtone are pastors in the Anajali Church.  We have video of the service which does it immensely more justice than this still.
  This is the women's "dorm" at Wellingtone's.  Seven slept and kept their "things" in this room.  Probably this was as much a sacrifice as just about anything else they did on this trip.
  Some of the roughly 400 pairs of flip-flops (they call them slippers) that we had to sort so we could start giving them out the next day as a reward for patiently standing so we could record their height, weight, and get a picture of each student.
  Carl and Chris trying to decide whether these slippers are small, medium, or large.

 

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