Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

July 6, 2011—Happy Birthday, Marc Thomas Applewhite

Since I am the official blogger for this expedition, I get to say Happy Birthday to my precious grandson, Marc. He is one year old today and I hope he will understand why his MamaG and Big Marc missed this milestone in his life. We will be home soon.

This was a wonderful teaching and learning day. We are tired as we arrive for supper, but we are all encouraged by the positive response of the teachers at our conference and all of the students and staff who worked so hard today. It is such a pleasure to be able to share the heart of the Lord with teachers in a meeting. It is such a pleasure to hear the voices raised in praise to God. It is so glorious to read the scripture together. Praise God.

Our work with the students today was marked by a turn around from yesterday. As with all children, these are no different. They will try you, test you, and see just how far they can go but such is the world of children and their education. You just love and continue to work with them. Today they were much more settled and ready to listen. Just suffice it to say that the world is much smoother when the administration has an assembly to correct the issues.

Our Global Journey group left today for their next assignment. We pray that God will continue to bless their ministry. They are remarkable young people in this 2 month commitment to travel and become involved in their world as God leads them.

With the increased number of Lulwanda Primary School students, we are sometimes short-handed but we will make tomorrow work with the staff we have. We always are reminded that Jesus alone changed the world and He is with us all the time. He knows our needs before we know them, and He has gone before us preparing the way.

Today we presented the staff new Bibles from the First Baptist Church of Monahans by way of JW and Jennie Thrasher. What a blessing to be able to share the Word of God with these dedicated folks. We will also share Bibles with teachers. We never know how God will use this conference so that the Word will be spread across Uganda.

As we close tonight, we realize that God will work and continue to work both while we are here and when we leave. Like Paul and Silas, we come for a while, leave, and pray continually for the grace and peace of God to be share forever here.

Written by Mike:
Have you seen the show or commercial for the show “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” Today, I learned I was not smarter than some of my 5th graders. While working on our cars (I have 5th and 6th graders) I was showing them how to attach the wheels. While I thought you were to hammer the nails (axles) into the wood, several of the boys figured out the correct, and easier, way to attach the wheels. I don’t know why I didn’t figure it out, but they saved us all a lot of time. I continue to be amazed by the ingenuity of these children.


  1. I have a real challenge with our differing time zones, but by every evening here in Texas, I look forward to reading the latest postings from Lulwanda. Mike's post about the kids' becoming the teacher in building their cars is so classic! Those of us who have spent our lives as classroom teachers and administrators will quickly applaud the faculty who are never too old to learn from our kids! Mike you may have empowered some future engineers! Again, keep the postings coming!
    Sending our well wishes and prayers! Steve

  2. Kathy - I found you!! Sounds like a bit of SET langauge might be practiced with the kids. And it is good to hear that kids are kids all around the world. The teacher conference sounds wonderful. What a blessing to support and encourage the individuals who are in the trenches with the kids each and every day. What a gift y'all are bringing. Peace and plenty to you all - Denise

  3. Still praying for you all! Thanks for the daily updates!

    Holly Inman Smith