Today was a much better day as far as the Academy itself is concerned. Yesterday's morning opening celebration threw the whole schedule off. Today we were able to stick to it better. Each class lasts for two hours followed by a 30 minute review and test. The students have three classes each day. That is seven and half hours of class each day for students have not been in school for years. By the end of the last class they are all pretty tired.
Our classes are:
- Prayer and worship, taught by Byron Fritz
- Paul's Epistles, taught by Carol Fritz
- Church history, taught by Bob Land
- The Prophets, taught by Jim Hertel
- The Pentateuch, taught by Dewey Miller
- The Synoptic Gospels, taught by Bob Coleman
It is clear to all of us that these students are extremely motivated. They are called by God to pastor and are doing their best to prepare themselves to learn and minister more effectively. They are filled with questions and interesting comments on each subject.
This afternoon the power and water were off for a while at the hotel. Although it was inconvenient everything has returned to normal now.
Lunch today included talapia, goat, matooke, posha, rice and irish potatoes. Irish potatoes don't seem to fit on that menu. We are about to go to dinner. We'll see what's next.
Tonight there will be an equatorial full moon. We don't know what it will be like, but we'll see it anyway.
Most of us are surprised by the weather. Here we are on the equator, in Africa and the weather is beautiful. Sunny and 70's all day. We think that is probably lots cooler than it is at home.
Byron and Carol led some of the children (about 25-30) from the school in an assembly this afternoon. They did magic tricks, sang songs, gave gifts and had a Bible lesson. They had a great time and the children had a lot of fun too. David, our coordinator, still does not know where Byron put the scarf in his magic trick. (Byron made a scarf disappear to illustrate how Christ takes away our sin.)