I took some pictures Sunday night during KSL class.
BJ had given the students an assignment where they had to pair up, write a conversation, practice it together for a couple of weeks, and then get up and sign it in front of the class. And they had to be videoed while doing it. I felt for them because I remember having to do that in ASL class in Bible College at Oklahoma Baptist College. It is not fun to be videoed, and it is nerve-racking to be up in front of your classmates, but it does helps you learn. The class is fairly large. BJ has about 25 students here at Grace.
They were all so nervous, but they were also having fun. It is such a joy to see the desire in these people to learn sign language.
Everyone wanted to go first so they could get their conversation out of the way and then enjoy the rest of the show! There was a lot of good-natured laughter going on but also a lot of support for their comrades. I know exactly how they feel as I'm trying to learn Swahili. I can converse in the language, but I am by no means fluent or even confident in it yet.
Pastor Isaac (one of the assistant pastors) and another of the men in the church left yesterday afternoon for the Congo. They will be there this month teaching and preaching in the church in Uvira, Congo. After the service, people paired up to pray for them and for their families here and also to for Pastor Mike and Bro. Kosgei as they return from Congo at the end of the week.
I prayed with Naomi. She prayed first. I love to hear these Christians pray! In my heart, I long to be able to talk to God with such ease as she does in Swahili. However, I know it is not my first language. Maybe someday I will get to that point. For now, I haltingly prayed for my brothers and sisters in the Lord and for the work there in Uvira.
Here is Brina with Pastor Isaac's wife, Monica, and their little girl, Nyambu. All of the little kids love holding her. Unfortunately, Brina has found her index finger, and she loves to suck on it when she gets hungry or tired. Here, my baby girl was quite sleepy!
* Tonight we are having Big Macs and homemade french fries. BJ recently found this link for how to make a Big Mac at home. Not being a McDonald's fan, I have high hopes that a homemade Big Mac will taste better than a real one! It has to, right? Everything is better homemade!