Monday, May 24, 2010

Math Madness

Last week, Doulos went crazy. It was Math Madness week. Students in grades 6-12 competed in contests, races, and a math bee (similar to a spelling bee, but with math problems instead- and air horns as buzzers!) to see who would be the winner. The students in the younger grades were each paired up with a team to cheer them on and each team was assigned a color. Throughout the week, you could see team spirit everywhere, from chalk writings on the sidewalk, to colorful posters on the walls, and even costumes and accessories on the kids! The activities concluded with a giant water balloon fight between the winning team and the staff.
Here are some of pictures of this week's madness!

Our MCs for the week- Mr. Plus and Mr. Minus

A wheelbarrow race to solve the math problem.

Every morning, there was an estimation station for the students to make their estimates on specific problems. This day, they were to estimate how many eggs the paper would hold before breaking and sending the eggs on some members of the school administration!

Second graders showing their purple spirit.
The teams are lined up, ready for the competition to begin.
The Math bee, held in the library.
First graders showing their green spirit.
A combination of Kindergarteners and 10th graders cheering for Orange.
Although a little hard to see due to water spots, the end of the week ended in a massive water balloon fight.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mailing difficulties

Lately, there have been some difficulties with our mailing system. We use a company here called MFI (Missionary Flights International). This company is based in Florida and is the reason I have been able to receive mail all of this time here in the DR. They deliver mail to the airport near here every other Tuesday.

Two weeks ago, when they brought the mail, they were greeting by governmental agents saying they could not deliver their mail. Apparently there was a change in government regulation and they were no longer authorized to bring mail into the country. After keeping our mail "hostage" for 2 days, paperwork, fees, and fines were taken care of and our mail was released. However, things are still not good.

I was just informed that we will not be getting our mail this week at all. The next mailing is TENTATIVELY scheduled for May 25 (and this is a big maybe). Anything that is in the process of arriving will be held in the warehouse in Florida until it can be delivered, hopefully on May 25.

So, for now, I need to ask you not to send anything to me. Hopefully everything will work out so that the missionaries here in the DR can continue to be blessed by the services of MFI, but until then, please continue to bless me through your prayers and financial gifts, but not through letters and packages mailed to Florida.

I will be returning to Ohio in mid-June (with a trip to Oklahoma in late June or early July). I hope to be able to meet with as many people as possible, sharing all the experiences and blessings that God has given me during these last several months here in the DR!