Homeschool started again for Rebekah and Elizabeth a few days after we arrived back in Nigeria. Rebekah was back to her familiar pink desk, and Elizabeth chose purple for an identical desk that our carpenter Weze made for her. Abigail is keen not to be left out, but she also lost no time in forming a strong friendship with 2 year-old David who moved to next door while we were away in the UK. Auntie Sarah has been helping to look after Helen while working on the morning chores so that Julie has a bit of peace to teach the big girls. They’ve been getting going by 8 and finishing up around noon.
One of the exciting aspects of living in the new house has been the extra space, particularly the school room. This dedicated room has made it so much easier for Rebekah to focus on what she’s learning (and increasingly Elizabeth who doesn’t like to be left out). Home educating the girls has also led to some other opportunities to get to know other families. A few weeks ago we managed to get together some other ex-pat families who are home educating and we plan to meet regularly, especially to do things that work better in a larger group. Julie also met some Nigerian mums who are home educating their children and we are hoping they will be able to join us.
The school room has also had some other rather exciting uses. For about two years now, Julie has been very keen to get a women’s Bible study going. She was particularly hoping to have one where the focus was on a Bible book and getting into the text, rather than a Christian book, and was keen for there to be a mix of Nigerian and ex-pat women. At last, on Tuesday, the group had the first study on the book of Colossians. There were six women in total, representing four different nationalities, married and single, with children and without, and with an age range of about forty years. This is such an answer to prayer and we are hoping it will continue to go well.
Thanks once more for your support and prayers.
David, Julie, Rebekah, Elizabeth and Abigail