Who won the Spelling Bee, you ask?

On this island, Spelling Bee competitions are a really big deal.  That’s one of the ways Gem School got such a fast notoriety was through continually winning the public Spelling Bee competitions held on the island.  This year the public council decided not to hold a school-wide competition but individual schools did carry-on the tradition.

Guess who won his school’s Spelling Bee?  My faithful and hard-working recruit, Colin.  He came to his tutoring session yesterday and in the best English he can speak at this time, got across to me that he won his school’s Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word i-n-f-o-r-m-a-t-i-o-n.  Is that not totally awesome!!  What God can do!!  I tell every single one of my kids: Don’t let ANYONE tell you that you can’t do something!  Don’t let ANYTHING (like money) tell you that you won’t go where you want to go!  With God, ALL things are possible. Hallelujah!!

From a quiet encounter early one morning with a child who looked sad and unable to relate, to a young fellow that kids now admire and want to be like, Colin has showed everybody that he’s not just your average could-care-less kid.  I’m very proud of Colin for his diligence and taking every advantage of this God-given opportunity to study and learn English.  Do you think studying English can do this for a person?  No way.  But it is the power of God that has changed his entire life.  It’s exciting to see the fruit of God’s love bearing out in other people’s lives.  What a blessing.

Educational Week 2010

We celebrated Educational Week last week on Ebeye.  All the schools from the island got together and listened to about three speakers talk in Marshallese about Education bringing Sustainable Development to the island.  I wish I could have understood it.  Maybe next year they will begin to speak with interpreters.  I would like to know where the leaders of this association are coming from intellectually and what ideas they want to bring forth.

Carton, Miko Rowa’s little brother.  Everytime I see him I say, “It’s a Rowa!!”  And he smiles real big like this…

All of us gathered inside the Ebeye Public School property singing songs and magnifying God.  I like the openness and freedom here to serve the Lord.

Everyone gathering for the beginning ceremonies.

Half-way through the event, one of the speakers complimented Ebeye Gem students for sitting still and being quiet.  We are so proud of our kids.  And thank God for His Holy Spirit that is upon their lives.  He is the reason for their peace.

Pastor Hone and Mrs. Grace are back from their two month ministry trip to America.  Praise the Lord!  I’ll give you all the details in an upcoming post.  It is good to have them back :)

News and Updates…

Just some quick updates and news…the end of the quarter is next Friday; then onward to complete the final chapter of this school year.  Amen!  The kids have grown so much, in fact, that is the theme I have going with them now.  It’s time to grow up.  And believe me, I’ve got plenty of that to do myself.  And together we have all grown up in the Lord this year.  We are all so proud of our kids.

We found out that the fiber optic cable that was laid to Majuro has been successfully run to Ebeye and Kwajalein.  What is the significance you ask?  It brings with it the benefits of DSL internet connection among other things.  So, my Skype will finally work!  Not to mention everything else will go so much faster.

I also wanted to share that I will be returning to Ebeye next school year.  It is on my heart for another year to be here and contribute to this wonderful school and the children God has in His sight.  I am excited about it.  I am also excited about getting home for the summer!  Just a couple of months longer:)

The Eighth Wonder?

I’ve never seen anything like it…a new creation…something unfathomable and unconventional.  It defies human understanding; is it a bird?  A plane? Perhaps with it, the manufacturers thought to leap the tallest sky scraper, it’s, it’s….

My God, what is it?  Made in Japan, the next revolution in dunking perhaps…or maybe the best pivoting shoe ever made.  Robby sports the latest in fashionable sportswear; the WonderShoe.

It is beyond logic.  How can you walk without catching the back of your other leg with the pancake-like bottom?  Of course on an island in the middle of nowhere you’d find this bizarre creation.  Who could’ve known :)

Robby learning how to walk, or not, in the eighth Wonder-of-the-world shoe…