I'm a fan of irony. I appreciate it. I notice it. I just like it.
So when I ended up spending much of my first week at Aurora doing administrative work, the kind of work I try to avoid in my job at the church, I stepped back and appreciated the irony. But it was also something I knew I could do well and that would hopefully be a blessing, as well as allow our kids to get into the classrooms without overwhelming the teachers (5 helpers in one classroom? Not quite necessary).
So we basically spent the week doing whatever Lisette (Aurora's administrative wonderwoman) needed us to do. One project in particular took about a day and a half, and Lisette told us it would have taken her a month. Maybe it was exaggeration (maybe not), but it felt nice, all the same, to help in that way.
We also got to see the inner workings of the school by spending time in the office. Got to meet and interact with Agnus, the amazing lady that runs the kitchen and cleans the office on Mondays (I told her to just hit me with her broom if I got in her way. She laughed at me). Got to see the comings and goings of the guys working to keep the school running physically (and some of our guys got to help out with that). And we got to see the way Veronica handled the problems that came to her; she is disciplinarian and nurse and administrator and wise counselor all rolled into one. It was extraordinary to witness.
After school each day, our team would put on a VBS. We worked our way through the parables of Jesus and followed them up with different activities or crafts for the kids. Since I was spending the week in the office, this after school time was my chance to build relationships with the kids of Aurora. I met Kwena and Sara and Sina and Sipho and Precious and Junior and so many others...
So the first week was lovely, and we formed relationships and learned things about each other and the school and the kids we were there to serve. God was working from day 1, and it was amazing to see.
Tune in next time for some safari tales.