Monthly Archives: November 2007

Pre-Escolar and Jardin Closing Ceremony

I taught Pre-Escolar A and B. Here Pre-Escolar is Kindergarten and Jardin is pre-school. Well, Pre-Escolar was split in two uneven numbered classes because they totaled almost 45 students. In one class there were about 27 and in the other about 16. I was asked to prepare a number for the closing ceremony in addition to a number of other big productions they planned. We did “The Wheels on the Bus” with the larger class, and a song called, “Are you Wearing Red Today” with the smaller one.

Earlier the day of the performance, I sketched and painted the props on styrofoam.

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I decided to paint this one red because there’s a bus line number 38 that looks like this one; It’s flat in the front as opposed to having a protruding hood. I painted the other one green and white because the school buses here are green instead of yellow.

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A special touch is that one says “Colegio Cerritos” for the bus line with “Ingles” as the destination. The other says, “Pre-Escolar” with “Jesus” as the destination.

Photos before the show began:

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The tech team!

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Can you feel the anticipation?!!

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P.E. b: (left to right) Nayeli, Monica, Lucia, Gabriela, Natalia

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P.E. B (L-R): Orlando, Sergio, Mauricio

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Profe Anna

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Girls of P.E. a: Mikaela, ? Ambar, Johana, Abigail

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Profe Marita, also the head of the English dpt at Cerritos. She is wonderful!

Marita, she’s from South Africa, presented “I’m a Little Teapot”. She had asked me to design a teapot mask and paint a large teapot and saucer prop. I made the prototype mask and she mass produced and painted them herself. They were very cute with their little faces peeking out!

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Her production was extremely impressive because she sat down and directed them using her pinky and index fingers! It was amazing. She would raise one finger and a student came out and set the table, she lifted another finger and another little girl set the cup and saucer down, another finger, and a plate of cookies appeared… The audience was hushed. It was astonishing.

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I was second in the repertoire, which I was thankful for. I hadn’t practiced with them on the stage as the other teachers had done. We only practiced in class maybe 6 or 7 times. I was nervous but strangely calm. I prayed, “Lord? You know how much preparation went in. Please let it go just okay and I’ll be thankful.” Of course the crowd being that large was unnerving too… and knowing they’re the parents… yikes.

Well, an answer to my prayer came in such a gracious manner. Beforehand, the teachers had asked me, “Do you want them to wear certain clothes?” And I said “No, their regular clothes is fine” because I knew they would be going through a lot of costume changes, and I didn’t want them to have to go out and buy something either. Well, there was a curtain, so I leaned the buses up on two little chairs and arranged them and ran back to the front before the curtain opened:

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When they opened the curtains my breath was taken away. The curtains opened and…

although I don’t have a photo of everyone together, take note that the boys are all wearing green shirts, next to the green bus, and the girls are wearing red next to the red bus. I did NOT plan that. I could also have easily switched the buses. It was a blessing from God!

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They’re holding little colored t-shirts and singing, “Are you Wearing Red (blue, green) today?” So darling.

Then Danza Paraguay followed:

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Finally, they performed the Nativity. They used a REAL baby for Jesus!

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It was a HUGE and spectacular production by the little ones. I enjoyed it immensely. It was my first time helping produce anything like this, including props. I am hoping to make myself more available to help the children’s department at WLAKC in the future with the new skills and experience I gained!

We are thankful to be here being trained in SO many different ways. We’re being stretched in unexpected areas, like this. Who knew Annie would be working with children? I never saw it coming! 🙂 These beautiful preschoolers are the reason I want to be a mom. So if you’re praying for our future family… thank you! God bless you every one!

The Kingdom of God in ITI

My last post I mentioned that a woman named Pelagia invited me to go with her to share the gospel in her hometown. I wanted to relate what happened- unfortunately, I didn’t take my camera that day- I’ve been kicking myself over that because it was a memorable and beautiful experience! I’ll do my best to create an image for you.

We met in front of Cerritos School at 6am and after printing a few witnessing tracts, we hopped on the bus. (The night before I made a rough but workable prototype using content I found online. I’m going to refine that this week for another upcoming event.)

The bus trip was 1 1/2 hours to reach the countryside. We went past San Lorenzo, and past Iti. I believe this area is called, “The Interior.” We transfered buses once and the second bus fare was double because of the distance. If I were looking for this place on my own I guarantee I would have got off in the wrong place. We were on a single highway with endless fields to the right and a few houses on the left when she requested the driver to stop. We arrived at the house of her aunt and uncle exactly at 9AM.

It happened to be her aunt’s birthday that day so there were additional family members there and it was an especially warm reunion. We sat down with her aunt and uncle and she began to share. Unfortunately, they spoke more Guarani (the mother language) than Spanish, so I couldn’t understand a thing. But as we left she said her aunt had accepted Christ but the others had turned down her invitation to hear.

Next we walked through a field or two and arrived at the home of her childhood friend when she used to live there. They grew up together and were best friends. It had been around 3 years since Pelagia had visited this place. The woman’s name is Vigilia and her daughter’s name is Hilda. This time Pelagia prompted me to share. I shared the Gospel in Spanish and they both decided to invite Jesus to be their Lord! Vigilia said that her sister’s husband is a Christian, and that a Pastor had been visiting them lately and speaking of these same things and reading the Bible to them. I think the Holy Spirit had been preparing them to hear and believe because of the coincidental circumstances. They will have a church to attend and start growing! We may go back in a few weeks and visit Vigilia and Hilda again. That would be very nice.

Btw, they had the most beautiful farm/garden. They had broods of chicks and ducklings running around There were pigs in another part. Suprisingly, there were also dogs, cats, and chicks but all the animals were getting along. But most beautiful of all, they had a gazebo made of wooden sticks about the size of a small living room and it was completely covered with grape vines that were dripping with green, semi-ripe clusters! It was breathtaking! (Mom and dad, that’s what your backyard needs!)

Also, both the homes we visited had these interesting outdoor kitchens. It’s like a cross-section of a house with 3 walls! There are shelves, and brick stoves and other kitchen necesities but it’s not enclosed. This one had a thatched roof which made it ultra authentic. The bathroom and shower were outdoor and just a stall without doors or curtains. There was a toilet bowl disconnected from any pipes that just lead down like a port-a-potty. It didn’t phase me to use a restroom without doors because when I went to China it was also rather public in many places. I thanked God in my heart for that prior experience.

Anyways, to continue. Then we walked over to another friend’s home and she led us to a cool space under a tree and in a whispering voice began gesturing at the ground. I felt like we were looking in on a litter of newborn puppies. The floor bed was covered with tiny, bright, saplings of this good tree. We all marveled at this precious sight of new life. She began to collect a few of them in a leaf and gave them to her friend as a gift.

Then we walked to the home of a family. The mother, whose name I forgot, had just had brain surgery to remove liquid buildup. So she was walking with the assistance of her husband, Ramone. They invited us to sit down and her daughter, and another older woman came. So there were 4 members of the family. I began sharing the Gospel using the Evangelism Explosion method.

The father seemed very resistant and his face was cold at first. But when we led the prayer of acceptance, the mother was praying by herself at first, but then, the daughter and father joined in! It was really amazing to see a family make a decision together. It gives deeper significance to the Bible’s reference of a household being saved. Afterwards we prayed especially for the mother’s surgery recovery. I desire earnestly that she would be healed miraculously because all the families in the close vicinity had heard the same Gospel message. That God would show His power and mercy through her healing!

Lastly, we visited two young women. One of them was a visiter. We sat down outdoors and asked if we could share a word from God. They said yes but the one who lived there said right off the bat, “I believe in the Virgin and in Jesus.” I asked if they knew if they were sure if they would go to heaven if they died and they said they were pretty sure. I asked them how they were certain (these are the two questions of Evangelism Explosion) and the same girl said, “Well, I don’t deserve it, but I’m not a bad person, and I think the good things I’ve done will absolve the bad things.” We got to a point of common ground that we can’t earn our way into heaven. She understood the logic of God’s love and justice, and Jesus’s purpose, but when we asked the question of accepting Jesus and she said firmly, “I believe in Jesus but I’m Catholic. I believe in the saints. I believe in my religion and you in yours.” Well, we thanked them for listening and saluted them warmly. It was a peaceful parting.

As we navigated our way back to the main route, past the cows and fields of corn and mandioca, Pelagia said that a burden was lifted off her heart. She felt a need to share with her relatives and her village. It was accomplished. I shared with her how I had asked God to give me a companion to go out and share the Gospel and that she had invited me shortly after. So we marveled at God’s glory for fulfilling His purpose, and through us. We felt much joy at seeing God’s mercy come to the homes of several people that day. Please pray for them and for that seed of the Word to be firmly planted.

Nearing the Last Day of School- Annie’s Closure with 8th Grade

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My 8th Grade Class
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Gustavo Acuna, Jonas Matias, Julieta, Javier, Eni, Christian, me, Lorena, Gustavo Manuel, Jonas Caceres, Nicholas, Arnaldo David. (I had two Jonas and two Gustavos)

This is the last week of school. We will finish giving our final exams through Tuesday, turn in grades, and then we’re finished teaching! A feel a bunch of things when I imagine the end. I know I’m going to miss them, and I have some regrets about how I taught and I acknowledge they’ve hurt me too. But I’ve done my best as a teacher and there have been uncertainties and also wonderful times. Like the camp when my team won and I was more their friend, and less an authority figure to rebel against. I’ve grown attached to them. As I imagine not seeing them any more I feel great sadness about how short the time was. Oh well. I’m gonna take down their info and hopefully get to stay in touch. The following Friday we’re gonna go to the mall and watch a movie so that’s a start!

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Eni made the cake

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It made it’s way to a few faces at first…

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But ended up on everybody’s face by the end (except mine. hehe)
(Left to Right): Javier, Martin, Alex, Victor (in the foreground)

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These girls are in the 8th grade level 2 English class

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Profe Anna & Ana Julieta

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A wonderful group of students and people. I’m going to miss you all :(..
Thank you for a year of surprises and an opportunity to discover my true nature :/

Pelagia’s Request = Answered Prayer

In my last post I mentioned that I prayed for a team or partner to evangelize with. Today after church, my partner from the C.E.C. program, named Pelagia, asked me if I would join her in evangelizing to her “pueblo!” We’ve set the date for two saturdays from now, the 24th. Please keep us and her village in prayer.

We ran out of the 4 spiritual law tracts that were provided by the C.E.C. org. But I want to actually recreate and reprint it, which was an unfinished project from earlier this year. I need to be diligent and do that!!