The first couple weeks of September have gotten us into the regular routine of the fall schedule. Deborah is in her second week of CE1 (2nd grade more or less I think in North America) at the local French school and Jeremiah’s first day of year four at the English International School was today. Deborah was a bit nervous about which teacher she would have but is quite pleased now with how things turned out. She is liking school and glad to be back. Jeremiah was pleased this morning to find out that his teacher is the same one he had last year, so he seems to be off to a good start too.
Nancy is busy again as classes are back in session at BBI with the seminar that started this past weekend and which continues until Thursday. Pastor Codjo is teaching that one, Biblical Theology. Pastor François spent the weekend in Parakou teaching Church and Culture to the new group of students there. Other activities include the evaluation of the full-time students’ mini thesis projects which needs to be done before the upcoming fall graduation and the preparations for the new “module” format for the full-time program. That is to start in mid October, and we hope the six-week intensive courses will be more manageable than the other semester-long format for the students. Many couldn’t participate because of time constraints but have said that shorter, more intensive courses would be easier to commit to. So we are hoping that this will be a positive change.
Fall means the start of my travel schedule again. Friday I leave for Abuja, Nigeria where the Mennonite Church NIgeria will have a youth convention (“youth” in that context includes those whom we in North America would label “young adults”). They haven’t had one for a few years and are hoping for a good turnout. The last time the youth got together for a convention they planted a church, so I’m kind of wondering what might come out of this gathering. After the weekend in Abuja I’ll head to Accra, Ghana for the annual conference of the Ghana Mennonite Church. So there will be a lot of travel during the next 12 days.
Pray for a good start to the school year for Deborah and Jeremiah, for lots of student interest in the new full-time program format at BBI and for safe travels for me as well as for successful gatherings in Abuja and Accra.