Today was the true beginning of the “missions” part of this missions trip.
We were treated to a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs and we planned the day. We had a Masai village to drive to, an English class to prepare for, and a sewing class to organize. Mixed in throughout that where was obviously time that would be spent with the kids in Neema Village. Each of the team members is assigned a few kids that they are encouraged to read to during the day whenever they can. We each have three kids, and the like to read and they I think many kids switched back and forth between people once a book was finished. They really like to be with people who want to play and read to them.
About half of the group left at 9 am and went to the Masai village to pick up one of the kids who went home for Christmas, Joshua, and his stepmother so she could attend the sewing class that would be put on by Krista.
While they were on their way to the village, the rest of us went into Arusha to exchange some money for trips to the market and villages. 10,000 Tanzanian shillings is about $5 and the largest bill that they have is 10,000 shillings so our stacks of money grew with the exchange.
Next were the afternoon classes. Debbie had to get her curriculum organized and Krista her sewing supplies ready. There were about 20-25 women that came in to learn English or to learn to sew using the machines that Neema has on site. They began with singing a couple of worship songs and then split for the different classes. There will be more classes tomorrow afternoon and then next week.
The rest of the afternoon and early evening was spent with kids playing and reading. It has been really fun to get to know the kids and play. There are babies, toddlers, and the Montana Kids. The “Montana Kids” are the kids that are a little older and that are still left here by their families but are not able to be adopted because the families won’t sign off on the adoption rights even though they do not have the means to support them. So Neema provides a good place for them to be a kid and learn.
After some dinner prepared for us with some veggies that were grown here at the village, we began to wind down for the evening. Some gifts for the staff of Neema Village were put together for tomorrow and we got ready for bed.
So far so good! And we are all looking forward to the upcoming days!