After some time had passed the loud whistle that could be heard throughout the campus was blown. The children lined up by grade as Pastor Mattewos taught from Proverbs, had them pray, introduced our team and explained what we would be doing during the week. Then, we were off and our day had officially begun. After the school broke from their lines the children were back to play. They tugged and they pulled and finally I gave into running around in a circle to an Amharic song. The kids were then sent off to the bible story where they learned about Joseph and how he trusted God; they also got to see their puppet friends for the first time. Then, the kindergarteners through fourth graders went (well actually, they ran) to the classrooms to start their crafts. Today the craft was decorating Joseph’s coat with fabric, glitter, stickers, markers, and even some glue. As the rooms broke into chaos, two things were obvious – it was our team’s first day here and we were going insane and the kids were having a blast.
As the children finished their craft they were sent up to the schoolyard to play some sports before lunch. As lunch came for the kids, so did ours and we walked up to the guest house past the cafeteria where the children ate and smelled the ingera. We got up to the house and were greeted by a spicy, but amazing lunch.
lunch some of the students left because they had eaten their two meals,
but about 150 children stayed to play. As our team came out of the guesthouse
with bags of bubbles and balls we were suddenly overwhelmed with kids.
As we showed them how the bubbles worked, the children had great fun!
Finally the passing out of bubbles was done and it was time to play sports.
Our team did an assortment of games from racing across the black top (running
out of breath instantly because of the altitude), to playing football
(which is soccer to us) and basketball (with a volleyball). I ended up
racing the little kids and then playing a basketball game named PIG with
one of my friends (and pen pals) from my visit last year. Our day ended
with the kids leaving in the rain and our team returning to the guesthouse,
eager to see their faces again.