Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Getting settled

I love the way we've been starting out our days here. All of the teachers gather for a time of worship and singing. Today I got teary-eyed as the voices around me rose in worship. I realized this is exactly where I am supposed to be right now, and I had no idea if it would even happen a week ago. 

There is so much to learn, how to wash dishes by boiling the water first, what to do to get hot water running in the bath, how you turn the AC on ONLY when you are in the room and so much more! Today I also received an overwhelming amount of information about what I will be teaching with my students.

I am the primary teacher for 6th grade and will be teaching them English, spelling, grammar and reading, which are all considered separate subjects. In addition I will also be teaching 4th grade English and art to 4-6 grade, which is the middle school here at ACA. 

Right now my art classroom is being renovated/built
As you can see it does need a lot of work... But guess what?? There's RUNNING water in the building as well as a HUGE storage closet... Yippee!

Now my other classroom needs a lot of work, so I'll be busy trying to get that fixed and figure out what I will be teaching. Please pray for me and my future class!!

Today we also went back to the markets to buy fabric for the bulletin boards in our classrooms. We had a large group of "oyinbos"   ( basically the same thing as a gringo, just means "white person") so we also took several of the Nigerian teachers so they could speak the local Yoruba language an help us barter for better prices. ( a pack of white women in the marketplace screams $$)
I had to sneak most of my pictures in, because apparently you will get yelled at, if the Nigerians think you are taking pictures of them. 
Ahh, I had my eye on the polka dotted fabric, and was finally able to talk the guy down to half of what he originally asked. 
Dirt roads and street vendors. 
Everyone walks around with their goods on their heads
Bimbo, one of the teachers here helped me buy my fabric, and bought this snack which is called cocoro (not sure if spelled correctly) made out of some mashed up root or nut. 


"Now may The Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all" 
II Thes. 3:16


  1. Liz, Thanks for posting! You will be in our prayers.
    Carl & Sandy Robbins

  2. Liz!
    All of your pictures and comments remind me of my time in Malawi. I never knew you could find so much beauty in so little until then. Treasure your time there! Praying for you!!!