Today was a watershed moment in our ministry here in Mawerero. We formally transitioned from the role of student to teacher. In the past, we’ve tried to only learn language and culture from the people here. Now we are starting to teach them. The goal is to teach them God’s Word. But before we can teach them the truth found in the Bible, we have to teach them to read the Bible. This is the work of literacy. And that work began today!
This morning, Cassidy hit a bamboo drum called a “koqong” to call students to class.
What a joy to welcome the students to the first-ever nDo literacy class!
There were twelve students in attendance today, with a total of 14 expected tomorrow. We have a good mix of men and women, young and old, seasoned chiefs and up-and-coming leaders. Most of the village leadership showed up to observe the first class as well. Many of them are currently too busy to be able to attend the four-month course.
This class will teach nDo-speakers how to read and write in their own language. To make the teaching clear and understandable, Cassidy is teaching in nDo. This requires a lot of preparation and concentration. Cassidy did awesome! She taught for nearly 1.5 hours today in the nDo language. She will have taught over 70 hours by the time this initial course is completed.
Amelia and Elna will be helping Cassidy with the literacy class. This allows Ryan and I to continue work on Bible translation and lesson development.
Soli Deo gloria.
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