Tuesday, June 18, 2019

This will be a relatively brief post. As I’ve noted earlier, the tutoring days begin to assume a uniformity. The crew notes that today the children seemed to be less cooperative, a little more hostile—“weird,” as one team member put it.

There could be multiple causes. The children are getting tired of doing tutoring sessions 3 times a day during their break from school. That’s understandable. They also usually start to resist as they see the separation and departure coming; that’s common in most cultures.

At any rate, we’re getting more resistance in the tutoring sessions, and more misbehavior during the other times—some of the boys were throwing rocks at some of our girls today, until Peter put the fear of God into them.

At the same time, there are encouraging things. Several of the team have had substantive conversations with some of the children, and three boys have said they want to talk to Blake tomorrow to continue earlier conversations. The greatest need here—as anywhere—is for a divine work in hearts of sinful people—and that’s all of us. God has been working through much more difficult situations than this to bring glory to his name, and I have no doubt that he has plans for these children, for the staff, and for the team in the days ahead.

After house devotions we meet to share our experiences, both positive and negative, from the day, and I ask the team to consider what they need to do to finish well. Their answers are rapid and thoughtful—perseverance; consistency; patience; energy; a long-range goal of the glory of God.

Three workdays left. As always, prayers much appreciated.

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Dan Olinger

Chair, Division of Bible in the BJU School of Religion.

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