The past few days have beem a whirlwind of teaching and playing with kids. Yesterday (June 26) we woke up early and headed to a local Kindergarten to spend time with the kids. We sang songs, danced, played games and taught them a few emotions (happy, sad, hungry, hot, excited and sleepy.) Overall it went really well and we had tons of fun. After we took a nap, we ate lunch at our favorite pho place and then took a taxi to a market. The sun was blazing down and we decided to head back early to prepare for our two classes that night and get out of the heat. For both of the classes, we taught the kids (ages 4 -7) greetings and emotions. The last class of the night went especially well since the kids were so excited to learn.
This morning (June 27) we woke up early and tired, and headed over to the Kindergarten to play with more kids. After that we headed over to a huge mall/Costco-esque store called Big C where we bought water and stationary (for writing encouragement notes). Before we left we grabbed some lunch and headed back for a nap – we all feeling grumpy, tired and hot. This afternoon we met with Hai to talk about the day camp we are putting on tomorrow and then he lets us go back to our hotel again to take a nap/rest before our class tonight. Teaching went well tonight and we had a lot of fun with the kids! Right now we are preparing for tomorrow and then we will grab some dinner.
We are having so much fun and feel so blessed to be here. Everyone has been so welcoming and gracious. We figured out that so far we have spent time with around 247 children and we still have more to meet!
P.S. Here is a photo that I took on Monday when we were at the orphanage.
go here to see pictures from the mini camp we did on Saturday
In the four days that we have been here, we have had the opportunity to go to amazing places, meet wonderful people, and collect prayer requests that can be shared with all of you.
For starters, as Lauren mentioned, yesterday we went to church and lunch with our host and his family and then joined them for an afternoon at the beach. At the home of our host, we were able to see that families by land and then build houses for each family in the same area. The parents and siblings of our host all share a plot of land that has been in their family for over 100 years. Spending time with Hai and his family made us definitely feel like we are part of their family here in Vietnam. The Danang Beach is ranked one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Forbes Magazine. While there, we were able to play with Hai’s kids, as well as join in on a game that transfers internationally… frisbee! We started with just us and the kids, but were joined by Vietnamese locals that we didn’t even know. We also noticed that at any given point we can look around and see at least one person staring at us. One of Hai’s kids even asked if we were white from staying inside too much!
Today, we had the opportunity to teach at an orphanage… our first time teaching in Vietnam. We worked with children ages 4 – 18 and tought them greetings and emotions. We were also able to teach them songs and games, such as Quack Didilly Oh So, Boom Chick A Boom, and the Barney song, “I Love You”. In just a few minutes, we will be heading back to F1 (the older of the two Fisher Superkids Centers) to teach a class of new students who may be interested in joining the center.
All of the staff at the children’s center are such amazing people! They are always offering to take us places, call our taxi, and constantly make sure we are not going hungry. With as much as they do for us, we are trying to come up with ways that we can do more for them. The majority of the staff is not Christian, so we have decided to start out slow by writing them letters of encouragement with Bible versus. Please pray for these amazing people, as well as all of the students we will be interacting with. One of the staff is pregnant with a baby girl that is due in October. This particular woman became a Christian about a year ago, but shied away when receiving negative reactions from family and threats to her brother’s job. Please pray for us as we try to be a glimmer of hope in her life in order to encourage her that God can overcome anything!
Thanks again for following our blog and all of the prayer!
Here is the website for the english center we are working with!
We have had quite the eventful night tonight. We made a new friend in our hotel, and tried to kill him, but had to get the manager to help us out. More juicy details to come, but know that we have lost a dear, crunchy friend.
I found this on Jane’s Facebook – thought you’d enjoy it too!
We are having a wonderful time. The people here are so kind, and we have made so many friends in the 48 hours we have been hêre. Our hotel is wơnderful, and we have settled in for the nẽxt month. We ảre in our hotel right nơw, and ảre going soon to kảroke with many òf the people who work at the center. It ís like one big happy family, and we have been adopted into it.
Jane’s bỉrthday ís tômrow, so we will be sure to make it special for her! We will go to chủrch with our hóst and hís family, then lunch at his house, and then go to the beach with their family. We can’t wait for it!
Our host, gave ús a phone to borrow ìf we need anything. So pảrents, rést assured that ìf we have an ểmgency we will be able to contact people for help.
Thank you all for your support, love, and prayers for us. We ảre having so much fun and also learning, and look forward to the nẽxt month in this beautiful city.
Hai Huynh, director of Fisher’s SuperKids English Center reports that the team arrived safely this evening. They’re resting now, and are looking forward to the start of projects tomorrow.
I’ll keep you updated!
Here’s a quick update from the team:
We have made it to Taipei and we are waiting at the gate for our next flight. So far everything has gone smoothly.
It doesn’t always happen this way, but tonight we sent teams to Vietnam and Indonesia on the same flight! In the photo, both teams pose with the cardboard Eva Air stewardesses.