Thursday, March 2, 2017

At Work and Play...and in Between

We like to go to City Park and enjoy a drink and grilled fish and chips.  
You pick the fish you want, then they grill and spice it up - head and tail and all!

We joined a hiking group one Saturday called "Abuja Hash".
We hiked up an area that gave us a beautiful view of Abuja.

Weddings are an EVENT. You don't need to know the bride and groom to attend.
This pose was from a wedding of a sibling of some good friends of Sheila from her Jos days.  

Jonathan took advance of the skills of one of the teachers we trained last year through "Teachers Transforming Nigeria". Yemi gave him a few talking drum lessons.

Kasimu is one of our security staff at the Daniel Centre.
We went to "greet" him and his family after the Radaman fasting period.
We were given delicious traditional treats of roasted ram and "chin chin" (a fried sweet crunchy bread treat).

We have been attending a church called "Abuja Ark International Church".
It consists of people from all over the world.  Jonathan and Sheila led the Christmas service.

In the middle of this picture is a woman we call "Sister Teju".
 She is a Nigerian missionary stationed in Cotonou, Benin.
 Jonathan and her were in the same classes at the Daniel Centre last year.
She has a passion for equipping teachers and invited us to be part of a retreat she hosted for teachers in Benin.
 This is us with her planning team.

After the intense work of training in Cotonou in French for a few days, we enjoyed New Year's on the beach drinking from coconuts!

Jonathan created this wall size Nigeria map and the Biblical Story display for Teachers Transforming Nigeria program last year.

Jonathan has been creating beautiful thank you cards for supporters.  Here is a sample.  This one is a view he captured while in Ibadan, Nigeria last year.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

School Sign Posts

  We are so thankful for the many schools there are in Nigeria.  I have been trying to take pictures of their sign posts.  Here are a few.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What is a Typical Day Like?

Many times we are asked the question, "What is a typical day like for you?"  The truth is, there is no typical day.  Each one seems to come with surprises and changes in schedules - that is typical!  I decided to carry my camera around for a day not too long ago.  Hopefully this gives you an idea of what our lives are like...sometimes!

This particular morning...

Godwin lives on our compound.  He helps with security and is watering the plants this morning.
It is dry season and it is amazing how much green we still see even though there has been no rain since October!

This is our gate -and the view behind it.
Our neighbour has lovely trees and vines that are blooming now.

Breakfast time!  I am having fresh squeezed orange juice and reading up on news.
Jonathan is enjoying a toast with smoked chicken as well as coffee.
We have a hard time finding good coffee here as most people drink Nescafe instant.

Jonathan is driving today.  We usually meet our newspaper man at this intersection.
But he does not seem to be around today!

We are thankful that we live close to the office.
And that we don't have to sit in that traffic on the other side of the intersection!

Everyone is "out and about" this morning.  These plazas and banks are close to our office.

We are now in the office neighbourhood...complete with a few goats to greet us on the way.

Welcome to the Daniel Center!

Kasimu is one of our gatemen.  He usually greets us in Hausa - to keep us on our toes! 

Kaka greets us as we enter the center.  He is our admin assistant.
Today it looks like he is working on the monthly calendar of events here.
Prayer Time.  Every day whoever is in the office comes together.
We have a list we go through in which we pray for different staff every day of the week.
Today is thank you card writing day.  We are sending notes to our supporters!

It is a two - person job!

  This afternoon...
A school owner comes in for a brief meeting - picking up documents and talking about her school.

Funmi and I are planning a major programme.  Today we are working on finding facilitators.

Electrician is here!  He is adding a socket to our office...and must run wires behind my desk.

This evening....
Catching up on news and enjoying a little rest.

A chat with a friend.

Because of the time difference, this skype meeting took place in the evening.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

January and February in Lagos

  While Jonathan recovered from malaria in January, I had committed to being in Lagos for 8 days.  It was a long stretch to be apart while he was not feeling well!  God kept us both in His hands during that time - here are some pictures of training I led and participated in while in Lagos.  Much of this trip was dealing with an area I am increasingly passionate about: bridging the gap between teacher training institutions and what schools are looking for in terms of a quality teacher.

Biblical Integration with Dansol High School Teachers-in-Training.  
We explored how our perspective influences the way we teach.

Graduate Teacher Training Program - Meadow Hall Lagos
I have been able to teach for the last 3 years as part of this program (see previous blogs GTTP).
It was an enthusiastic group of teachers learning about classroom management, lesson delivery, etc..

Kingdom Institute Training with ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International)
A select group from schools in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt were invited by ACSI to learn about a program called Kingdom Institute.  ACSI Nigeria is exploring the possibility of developing such a program for Christian Schools in Nigeria.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Educational Care in Jos

My colleague Mark has been working with this group of teachers, taking them through "Educational Care" - modules developed to help teachers think about their practice.  Jonathan and I were able to participate with Module 2 & 3 in January - "How Do Students Learn?" and "Recognizing Student Gifts and Abilities".  It was an intense week with a great bunch of teachers!

Small group discussions

Lesson Planning
Class picture

Each participant had to come up with a SMART plan for how they would implement what they have learned.
Jonathan presenting.

Sharing what was learned in small group discussions

Can we communicate our ideas through drawing too??

Developing Action Plans

Praying over our Action Plans