I am now working with the boys alone. I know this may not make a lot of sense right now but for the past couple of days I have been working with a guy from North India named James who has been working with this group of boys for about a month. He has made it an easy transition for me. Though he could not speak the kids native toungue either, he introduced me to the boys and allowed me to be accepted among them better than I would have on my own. One thing that I am realizing is their lack of need to win. Their mentality is different than that of most Americans in that they care about the company of friends more than they care about winning each individual game. I do more in playing with them for two hours than I do at winning one game and lording it over their heads all night long. Their two favorite words are thank you and sorry. Thank you is for when you do anything, and I mean anything nice for them. This could be as simple as allowing them to walk through a door first whereas they are not accustomed to walking before their guest does. I said their second favorite word is sorry because in everything they do not want to cause anybody any undue stress. We will be playing a volleyball game and I will go chase a ball they errantly hit and the whole time they are saying “sry, sry.” I don’t mind at all going to get the ball. That is not the point tho. It is very humbling to be as accepted among them as I am. God is surely in the process of acclimation.
I experienced the classroom for the first time yesterday. I will surely add a post for this experience soon. Now I have to go tho.
Thank you again for your continued support through prayers. They are much appreciated:)