|One of the counselors receiving his wages.|
"It’s like I’m hearing myself talk, only he's doing better,” Andrew said, turning my way.
“My goodness!” I replied.
It was a moment, where we saw the true fruit of everything that we have been teaching over the past three years. Marcellin got it! And he was contextualizing everything that he had learned to meet the ears of people from the village.
We brought Marcellin, our Leadership and Discipleship Coordinator to Masisi just after rebels finished looting a number of the villages that we work in. This includes the Mukohwa, the village where the Center is being built.
Both the children in our Peacemaker Program and the counselors who work with them ran for the bush. They had just returned a few days before we arrived.
|Marcellin doing the introduction to the pilot Phase 1 |
leadership-training that is launches in Masisi this month.
After collecting our children's' report cards, we found that 98 percent of them passed. Just over 25 percent are scoring a B or higher. This was encouraging.
Our counselors requested additional curriculum to go through with the children during their weekly meetings.
“We sometimes read the Bible with them and discuss it, other times we take them out and kick a soccer ball around, other times we discuss issues that they face at home,” said Aime, one of the counselors. But the counselors definitely requested a formal manual that they can go over with their assigned particular group of Peacemakers.
We have known these counselors for nearly two years and walking with them through child protection training, the Empower Program and setting the foundation for the Peacemaker Program--- we have noticed an area that we want to focus on in more depth: their personal lives.
|Marcellin taking soil samples to test the soil composition.|
This helps determine the best crops for the area.
|Mom teaching a card trick to local children in Mukohwa|
|We were happy to have Mom visit us for two|
weeks in Congo. She accompanied us to
Masisi during this trip.