Three-Week Whirlwind

Hey everyone!

Sorry to have missed last week’s update. It’s been pretty busy around here lately. We’ve had sports finales and games moving around, tests and SAT’s, drama (both the school-sponsored and interpersonal kinds), carnivals and broken limbs and people leaving for Europe. So, yeah. Lots going on.

Back around Halloween, we had the Student Council Carnival, in which all the kids dress up and go to the gym for costume contests and games and candy. The girls really got into the dressing up, even if most of them didn’t plan anything until the day before. We had a mime, spies, a minion, Mulan, Wreck-it Ralph and some ninjas and a group that went as condiments. (They dressed in single colors—red for ketchup, yellow for mustard, etc.—and made signs to hang on their shirts. Ella went as Peptang, a local and terrible ketchup, because she felt sorry for it because no one likes it.)

Back before Carnival was Multi-Cultural Day. It’s a day that is a Kenyan holiday, so by law, we can’t have school, but it’s in the middle of the week, so we can’t send the kids home. So, instead, we have a day to celebrate all the different cultures the kids here come from. We have a parade of flags, where the oldest students representing each country carry their country’s flag and give a greeting in the language/slang of the country. The kids dress up either in traditional outfits or national colors and face paint—several kids usually end up having multiple nationalities represented in their outfits, based on their passport country and the multiple countries most of them have lived in. After the parade they’re divided up into teams to do scavenger hunt-type games. Everyone has fun and the kids enjoy not having class, even if all the events start at the same time as their classes. It’s the thought that counts.

A gathering of nations.

A gathering of nations.

Canadian flag-bearers.

Canadian flag-bearers.

My China girls.

My China girls.

Representing America and Korea and somewhere in between.

Representing America and Korea and somewhere in between.

The styles of South Korea.

The styles of South Korea.

North American friends.

North American friends.

America, Kenya, England, Mozambique...Yes, I know there's only two girls.

America, Kenya, England, Mozambique…Yes, I know there’s only two girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve also just finished with the drama this weekend. It was a great show. One of my dorm girls was in the play, and another one helped with the makeup. I helped out with the paint and the props, which was a nice way to get involved with the kids and get to know some of the ones that don’t live with me. They did M*A*S*H, and it was really funny. Hawkeye and Duke stole the show, and everyone was enamored with the little guy playing Ho Jon. There was a scene where he got hurt and was in the operating room, and the little boy sitting behind me was very concerned. (He pulled through.) An interesting hitch to the show was that, although there are many Korean students at RVA, exactly one of them tried out for drama. M*A*S*H being set in South Korea and all, this posed a little bit of a problem, so we ended up with several little blond children playing the Korean characters. The Korean kids in the audience found this very amusing.

That’s the bulk of the news right now. Term is winding down—only two weeks of class and then exam week, so pray for my girls and all the teachers here as we’re getting worn out and trying to power through. I’ve also got a girl who messed up her ankle in the last JV game of the season and has been hobbling around on crutches all week. (She sleeps on the top bunk, and has thus relocated her mattress and created a nest on the floor in the corner of her room. Why she didn’t just switch beds with her roommate on the bottom bunk, I don’t know. I don’t try to fathom the logic of 15 year-olds.) There’s also a girl who’s been in England for a week—her grandfather is sick, and so the school granted them some time off to go and see him. She’ll be back tomorrow—please pray for safe travels for her and for her family. Thanks for praying for me and my ladies! We appreciate it. Hope you’re all doing well.