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It only took 16 months but eventually we were able to return to in-person tutoring - and the young people (and several of their parents!) were ready for it!
We are pleased to report that most of them have adapted well to learning from home and having to be self-motivated to get their work done because we can tell you that there have been several times when they have come along to the sessions even though they didn't have any school work to do! But this shows you how keen they have been to have a reason to get out and go somewhere other than home.
It's been a tough almost year and a half for everyone, and for some more than others when it comes to these kids, so we're pleased to be a place they feel safe and happy to come to. Obviously things are different this time around and there are some things that are nicer, and some not as enjoyable.
One blessing has been that the owner of the factory around the corner from the community where most of these teenagers live offered to let us use the space in front of their guest house for our tutoring times. It's a lovely little building in a nice green area, shaded and breezy, which is really important here! Three mornings and one afternoon a week we use this space with small groups of students (no more than seven). The other day of the week we meet with the students who live further away than this (a group of about seven come to that too) in our apartments.
The less fun side is of course what we are all more or less used to - temperature checks, masks, hand gel, etc., to try and be as safe as we can be to protect the kids, to protect ourselves, and to protect all those we come in contact with.
One thing we have been encouraged by is that we have been able to spend some more time in sharing devotions with them. The first week we talked with them about the importance of having a regular quiet time and shared some tips for how to do so effectively. The week after that Yeni & Wendy shared their testimonies with them and the week after that Francis taught on principles that can help us in hearing God's voice.
We asked them in that first week to write down for us any ideas or themes that they thought they would like us to bring some teaching on - not just limited to faith but anything in life - and we received a variety of ideas to do with God, family, career, and more. If you think you'd be interested in leading a 15 minute devotional that would encourage teenagers in growing up and/or in their walk with God please do get in touch and we'll see how we could make it work (we can find a way to translate for you) - Email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below to let us know - we'd love to have you share with them 😃