We hope you all are doing well and staying out of the heat that appears to have struck the States head on once again. We ignorantly assumed we’d be unable to relate to the heat you’re experiencing and would be regularly posting pictures of a beautiful and consistent Viennese weather forecast, but we were terribly wrong. Apparently it gets very warm here too – pair that up with no AC and wooden floors that soak up heat like a plant soaks up water and we’ve got very, very hot living conditions. So, all that to say, we hear your dislike for the heat, and we understand.
Will and I wanted to give you all a quick update on what we’ve been focusing on these past couple of weeks. As HIM workers, our primary goal here is to be helpers to the team and to the church, and one of the ways we’ve learned we can help is to take on a leadership role in English Kids Club (EKC). English Kids Club is a program designed to teach English to kids free of charge for an hour once a week during the spring and fall semesters. This program has been very successful and continues to grow a little more each year. Since its existence, Kim and Amanda have done an amazing job balancing both mom-duties and teacher-duties but won’t hesitate to acknowledge that yes, running a household as well as a teaching program can get a little hectic. With Will and I here and only parenting a 4 year old cat, we can now help carry the load.We began meeting with Kim and Amanda a couple of weeks ago and immediately started brainstorming about possible themes for the upcoming semester. Our overall goal of the year is to get the kids actually speaking English. The four of us thought for awhile about various possibilities for themes, then realized that when kids talk, they’re almost always talking about themselves – their favorite color, pet, sport, food, you name it. With that in mind, we dubbed “About Me” the main theme of the semester and came up with individual lesson plans that relate to the overall theme. We’ve got a lot of fantastic and fun things planned for the kids. To give you a brief teaser: we’re having puppets (which I am SO excited about I can hardly contain myself), decorating t-shirts, creating self-portraits, and putting together a “Me” book. That’s all we’re going to let you in on for now as we will be sure to keep you posted in full detail later on in the fall, but for now, we hope we’ve left you just as excited about this year’s EKC as we are. It’s going to be a great year!
We sent out our first newsletter this past Sunday to those who have provided us with their email addresses. If you would like to be added to the list in order to receive our monthly newsletter, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll send the latest issue your way. Pray for us as we begin our German lessons next Monday – we’re asking the Lord to give us the confidence to practice what we learn and the ability to pick up the language quickly.