Today was our fourth day aiding at the Lusaka schools. Natalie (who is majoring in Speech Pathology) and I are at the International School of Lusaka (ISL), a school that serves to educate diverse students from the upper social-economic status. We’ve been having a lot of discussion about those that represent a different sector of the socio-economic scale and how our variety of school placements serve their particular students. Being at ISL is truly a humbling experience for me personally. As a person who has educational experience in an international school setting, seeing its curriculum and learning/teaching practices through the eyes of a future educator is a whole different view.
Most of the students at ISL are children of diplomats, CEOs, ministers, businessmen, etc. It’s so interesting being in a classroom that truly prides itself on diversity, academic success, and leadership. One of the biggest things leaving an impact on me is the way the children embrace one another by showing love, respect, and encouragement. A few of my Muslim students, for example, only stay half-day Fridays because of their religious customs. No one in the classroom shows judgment, but rather mutual acceptance. I feel like I learn something new from these students every day and it reinforces my dreams of longing to teach abroad.
After school, others and I have been spending a significant amount of time in the nursery while here at the House of Moses. I tried to call the children by name, hold them, pray for them, and just love on them to the best of my abilities. My heart aches because a lot of the kids in the nursery are lacking the nurture of a loving family, especially at such a fragile and vulnerable stage, but God has been reminding me that He has a plan for every single child and that He won’t forsake them because His love abounds deeply. Please keep these children in your prayers whenever you remember—that they will be able to re-integrate into their homes where they belong, that they would be provided the education they deserve, and that they would be reminded daily of who they are in Christ and His love for them.
On a lighter note, what do you say about having fried caterpillars for dinner!? Today, our two beautiful Zambian chefs, Theresa and Ruthie, cooked a traditional Zambian dinner one could find at a wedding ceremony. Our dinner plates consisted of pumpkin leaves (called chihuahuas!), okra soup, okra relish, boiled/grilled chicken, and fried caterpillars! A few of us were hesitant at first, but our hungry stomachs eventually devoured the food with great pleasure and thankfulness.
All in all, we have been stretched in ways we did not anticipate. I am so thankful I am able to be a part of this beautiful journey. I see God working in this country, in their culture, and in the children. As our fellow Zambian brothers and sisters say: Mutsale bwino (moo-tsa-leh-bwee-no, which means stay well)!
Written by Joy with the help of Allison and Emily and Professor Terpstra ❤
P.S. Hello mum and dad! Sarangheyo! –from Joy and Heesong