Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Toy Library goes to Argentina

We were very excited though rather daunted to be invited to do a workshop on the Toy Library at the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) conference in Santa Fe, Argentina from 7th-10th September.

Four of us went - Fiona, Ana, Samantha and Noemi.(Photo 1) We arrived with furry teeth in a rather dishevelled state on Friday morning after a 14 hour overnight bus journey with lots of loud snoring and very little sleep. Travelling on a bus with 8 suitcases full of toys is quite a challenge!

Our 2 workshops were well received and it was great fun to watch the Director of ACSI Latin America (photo 2) and participating teachers (photo 3) return to their childhood days and play enthusiastically in the Toy Library. The difficult part was removing them! Many said they hoped to start a Toy Library in their school.

We even had time to do some sightseeing along the beautiful river front of Santa Fe before our 14 hour bus journey back to Asuncion. (Photo 4)

We had many hair-raising moments with power cuts, broken powerpoint projectors and technical hiccups but we experienced the Lord´s faithfulness in a wonderful way. Thank you for your prayers.

Monday, September 04, 2006

General News August 2006

We had a relaxing holiday in stunning Provence with Rup´s family in July and even managed to squeeze a few days in England to enjoy time with Sam´s family and the heat wave!

Degree Course application.

Our degree course has finally been accepted by the Evangelical University and is currently with the Ministry of Education and Universities´ Council awaiting their approval.
Please pray for a rapid decision that would enable us to promote the course this year and open it next March.

The Ministry of Education has introduced a new Early Years curriculum and in July FEISA was selected to pilot the new teacher training programme. FEISA was chosen because, according to the Head of Early Years Education at the Ministry, it is ”the best Early Years teacher training college in Paraguay.” Although this is a great privilege for us, it also presents a huge challenge. Many of our subjects have to be changed or adapted. Teachers are having to rewrite their curriculum.

Please pray for the Head, Estela, and the Academic Coordinator, Gloria, as they co-ordinate these sudden changes and for wisdom for the teachers to know how best to restructure their courses in the light of the new requirements..


FEISA needs a new librarian but trained librarians are in very short supply.
Please pray for the right person to be found.

The Toy Library goes to Argentina.

Following on the success of our Toy Library workshop at the Association of Christian Schools conference in Asuncion in May, we’ve been asked to do the same in Argentina. This is an honour and a challenge. We don’t know the teachers and need wisdom to pitch the presentation accurately.

Pray for the preparation, safe travel and presentation on the 8th and 9th September of teachers Ana, Noemi, Samantha and Fiona.

The Yatnata Preschool Training Project

This continues to go well, with Indian teacher Esteban implementing the new teaching routine, strategies and resources. The Indian mothers are helping faithfully. Bible stories in their own language will be introduced this month.
Please pray for the translation of these and the next training visit on 22nd and 23rd September of teachers Marisol, Noemi and Susana.

Third Year Students Visit to Chaco

Our Third Year students go on their visit to Indian schools from 25th-27th September. They will be preparing games and activities for the indigenous children in Yatnata.
Please pray for Ana and Samantha as they lead the group and that the students will be impacted by the needs they see in these marginalized areas and made aware of how much they can contribute.

Publicity and promotion for 2007

This month the Administration team begins the publicity campaign to attract next year’s students. Ana Demestri visits schools to promote interest in FEISA.
Pray for Rup as he coordinates all this and that God will use Ana´s presentations to attract the right students to the college.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support

Rup and Sam