Early morning I was taking a walk. Suddenly 'Kamori' in the photo saw me and he quickly ran to me and hugged my legs. It made my day. I don't even know the boy.
Iman is an Islamic leader who can be compared as a pastor in the Church. He came to welcome me and left an astonishing remark. “One year at your school is far better than three years in our local schools here.” Then he urged me to accept his son at our school saying, “My boy is brilliant. Please enroll him in your school when you reopen next year.” Listening to him and others who said similar things, I realized that they value our school so much.
I had many visitors since I got here. Many of them are children who simply want to hang out with me. One time I tested to see how many of them knew the alphabets. The eldest boy was 5th grade, others were 3rd and 1st. After A, B, and C, they simply could not recognize the letters. Some were even shouting numbers even though they were letters. Once again I was reminded of the reality of education here.
Tomorrow morning I will be driving down the mountains, heading back to the States. Please pray for safe journey of three days; especially the gas pump that was modified will run well without any car problems.