Sunshine through “The Blues” – by Tim

Those of you who have been following the blog will know that Monday was not a fun day. I’ll admit I was not feeling very good about life on Monday evening. But then I got a phone call…

Michael Saeni was on the phone, calling from a newly installed phone at a provincial substation near his village in North Malaita. He had just returned from about a week’s travel to an area where he had done some literacy teacher training last year. Michael had trained a number of people to be reading teachers almost a year ago, but had not heard anything more from them. He told me that he was afraid of finding no activity out there, a full day’s travel from his own village.

However, he was very encouraged and even excited as I talked to him. He found six literacy classes going in different villages, with between 6 and 30 students in each of them! The people were excited to be learning to read and eager to read the New Testament in their language which was made available 2 years ago.

Michael and I talked more about his plans for the next few weeks. He will be helping to start a new literacy initiative for the Langalanga people beginning on Friday with a planning meeting. He will be visiting some Langalanga villages at the end of this month to talk to them about how to prepare to run literacy classes. I still need to make a trip out there and help write a reading primer (instructional book) and we will train teachers as soon as we can get it all together.

I must admit that I went to bed that night in much better spirits than I had been in through the afternoon. The Lord knew I needed some encouragement that night so He provided a ray of sunshine.

Michael and Tim making plans a few weeks ago in our home in Honiara.