Trip to Nzige
With only three weeks to go, the team going to Nzige at the end of this month (Carol Stevenson, Sue Smout, Kim LaCelle and Ruth Stewart) is working on final preparations for their exciting trip! Led by our very own Carol Stevenson, they are packing suitcases filled with gifts for our friends in Nzige such as homemade dolls, small toy cars, and teaching resources (e.g. books, puzzles, and chalkboard paint). The purpose of this trip is for our team of four to provide teacher training for the many dedicated teachers in Nzige (some are pictured here). Teaching in Rwanda is traditionally all oral, where the children sit and listen while teachers talk and the students repeat back what they are hearing. This practice is in part due to the lack of resources the schools actually have.
Our team hopes to enrich their teaching skills by supplying more learning tools and techniques such as the art of learning through play (something Sue Smout is an expert at), introducing new curriculum that teachers at Pearce have created, and learning about science and how things grow in God’s beautiful creation.
The total cost of the trip is approximately $10,000 to send the team over to visit and support our friends in Rwanda. That covers airfares and excess luggage fees for all the wonderful resources and gifts the team is taking over. To date, $2,000 is still needed to help with the team’s expenses while in Rwanda (e.g. guest housing, food, interpreters, etc.). If it is on your heart to give, please consider giving toward this amazing trip to help offset the cost. I am so encouraged by the many ways our church has been generous in supporting this ministry and our Linked with Love partnership.
Summer Camp Fun
If you find yourself in the lower level of the church any Monday-Friday of the summer, you will hear lots of energetic children laughing and talking and will undoubtedly be overwhelmed by the smell of sunscreen! Pearce 4 Kids Summer Camp, which started in 2005, is host to over 60 children between the ages of 5-13 this summer. The Kindergarten-1st graders meet in the primary wing and enjoy weekly themes like “Under the Sea,” “Dinosaur Roar,” and “Favorite Authors.” The older children are enjoying a “Summer Olympics” theme and “traveling” each week to the various countries that have hosted the Summer Olympics in the past. The week’s activities include games, water play, field trips, crafts, and there is even a little bit of learning tucked into much of what is done with the children. P4K Summer Camp is a ministry of Pearce Church, with the goal of providing a fun and loving Christian environment for the children each day.
A Rare Sighting
This past Wednesday, the pastoral team had the delight of joining Pastor Wally for lunch at his lovely home in Ogden. This was the first time we have gathered together like that since he began his summer sabbatical at the end of May. It was a joy to fellowship with him while eating delicious sandwiches and wraps from the Main Street Deli in Churchville (I highly recommend the Virginia Baked Ham Grilled Panini, topped with apples, honey mustard, and cheddar cheese).
“How did he look?” you might ask. Well, he looked chill, as the youngsters say now-a-days. Interpretation: he looked relaxed, rested, and at peace. Which is amazing, because in June he was also able to successfully complete the first chapter of his dissertation for his D. Min. at Northeastern Seminary. His goal is to finish three chapters by the end of his sabbatical—so he is right on schedule.
The time passed very quickly in the hot July sun with good conversation. We hope he enjoyed our visit as much as we enjoyed being with him! We also look forward to his return at the end of August. The office wing just isn’t the same without his whistling or sudden serenades of 60’s songs and old hymns.