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Well folks, It's been a crazy week, to say the very least. Francis and Vernon, my hosts here, left on Monday, leaving me here as acting volunteer coordinator for the school and assistant office manager. I had 25 volunteers here starting last Saturday, and 11 more showed up Thursday. Overall, things went really well.
One of the volunteers fell over the week and got pretty hurt, so I had to figure out how to get him to the medical clinic here so he could get the care he needed. That went fine, they ruled out any internal injuries and said he just bruised a few ribs, so they gave him pain medication and sent him on his way.
That was the only real crisis over the week, aside from the kids being crazy as usual and the office keeping my busy. Between this week and last, we registered over 200 new students in addition to the ones we already have. All of the infant classes are booked so we've had to turn kids away, which is really unfortunate.
On Thursday morning I was invited to preach at the all-school chapel, which was a bit never racking. I did well, except on a few parts of the service that I forgot, but it was fine.
Last night one of the volunteer groups invited all of the teachers and me to dinner at the house they are staying at, so I spent most of the night there. I like the fact that I have somewhat of a social life here, in addition to the crazyness at the school.
The dogs I am taking care of are all not eating their food, which has me a bit worried. But God does work in interesting ways. Two of the construction crew guys (who I know really well) came over a while ago to fix something at the house, and I told them about the dogs and they said they would talk to someone who has taken care of the dogs before and has dogs of his own, so he may stop by sometime today to give me some suggestions. Other then not eating they seem OK, so we'll see how things go.

Last night I had an interesting experience. I was walking back to the house from the dinner with the volunteers and teachers and I ran into a Christian revival meeting at the park. A guy was preaching about Jesus (in english, with a translator) and as I watched, like 15 or 20 people started coming up to the stage, some in tears, and giving their hearts to God. It was one of the most powerful experiences I've had since I've been here. I couldn't stay for the whole thing, unfortunately, but it really hit me to see how God is working here, on this Island.

Anyways, I need to make myself some lunch so I'm off. I'll keep ya'll updated on things as usual. Thank you to those of you who have sent kind words via email. I'll see (most of) you in August!!

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