We had an awesome rainstorm on Wednesday. Chi Ly and I were reading the Book of Mormon Stories picture book with four little kids huddled around on the floor while we pointed at the pictures and yelled about Lehi's dream in order to be heard over the rain pounding down on the metal roof. Then we biked to the church because I had to teach an English class. We biked past women shampooing their hair and bathing their children in the rain. The streets were flooded; the water reached halfway up the tires of our bikes. The water was nasty black from charcoal, grease, and metal filings from the mechanics shops that are all over the place. We were completely soaked when we got to the church. It was awesome! But no one came to English class.
English class is a fun challenge. I never know who is going to show up. Some times I have two kids, and sometimes a have about eighteen kids and young adults; some of them are Vietnamese; some of them are Cambodian; some have been studying English for years; some can't say much past a greeting; and I'm supposed to teach them all English. I don't know how to teach English as a second language. I've never even really taught English to native English-speakers. Therefore, I teach them English the only way I know how: Hodgin style. Next time we will play the water-in-the-well syntax game. Yes, I taught them the word "syntax."
We are having technology problems today (everything from the keyboard to the internet), so I can't finish this email or send pictures. Hopefully next week will be better. Sorry!
Anh Teo got baptized yesterday!