Friday, October 19, 2007

At last.... a video... well a slideshow

Here is a quick slideshow that I quickly put together... it starts out from the flight over here... and goes until the other day. I hope you all like it. The song is a song that we are learning in Chinese class. I pray that you are all doing well. We are all doing pretty good. Sarah is just getting over a cold that left her home from school one day. The weather here is just starting to turn cold... the last week I was wearing a jacket to teach in. Its really nice. I will post more when I have more time. I need some sleep after two Chinese classes today. We do a total of three. I love you all!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

School Profile: Yung Fong Primary School

So I thought that I would would introduce you to some of my schools. I was wondering where to start... so I figured the best place would be at the beginning. So my Monday morning schools is called Yung Fong Primary School. This is the smallest school that I teach at. It is outside a town called Fuli which is about a 20 minute train ride and a 15 minute car ride from Yuli where I live. I love the kids at this school so much. I teach 3rd through 6th grade. Well... I actually am like an assistant teacher. The English teacher of the school does most of the teaching. I will usually help with reviewing the vocabulary words, reading the language patterns, and playing review games. So I am pretty much the fun teacher... thats why the kids love me so much. :-) My 3rd graders will come in and some of the boys will come over and wrap themselves around my legs and hold on. They are so much fun! When I first started teaching there and the English teacher would play games the kids would always ask me to play... and they would also fight for me to be on their team. The teacher is a really nice lady to. She is one of the best speaking English teachers that I work with. It is pretty funny that not all of the English teachers speak very good English. Anyway, my 6th grade class is also a very fun class. They are full of a ton of energy. They will come in and try out their English on me. Its very funny. They speak enough to have a very simple conversation with. They have probably had an English class since at least 3rd grade. One of the other teachers that is here with me teaches English to 1st and 2nd graders. It is a bit of a challenge teaching to the grade that I do... I can only imagine teaching to 1st and 2nd graders. Anyway, that is pretty much all there is to know about the school. Keep us in your prayers. We will start to have a Bible study at our house soon. One of the guys that is here asked us to have one and he will translate it. We are headed up to Taoyuen again this weekend. We will leave tomorrow right after school. We will watch the English Village in Action om Friday and in the evening we will head in to Taipei which is about 30-40 minute train ride. While we are there we will go to Taipei 101 which is the worlds tallest building and we will go to a night market which is pretty much where a bunch of people (and in Taipei's case... TONS) will sell there goods at night. In Taipei we have been told that they cover city block upon city block. So that should be fun. I thank you all for your prayers. They mean a lot to me.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Typhoon Krosa Update...

Just in case you are following the typhoon that is headed this way, I just thought that I would let you all know that we are fine. The power just came back on... it was only out for like 5 minutes... it keeps flickering though so who knows how long it will be on. Yesterday we went out and bought plenty of water and stuff to eat in case we are without power. We have a gas stove so we will be able to cook. They say it should not get to bad here. All we have had thus far is wind and rain. And the gust of wind are very random. Just keep us in your prayers along with the other teams that are over here. There is a team in Taoyuen which is right near Taipei. There is a team in Nantou which is on the other side of the island than us. And there is a team on Jimgman Island... I'm not quite sure where they sit. But if you could, just keep us all in your prayers.