As is American tradition on Thanksgiving Day, it is fun to sit back and reflect on the many things for which I am thankful. Obviously some of the first things that come to mind include my awesome family, the many church families who graciously claim me, my wonderful upstairs neighbors, and the opportunity to work at such a great school with great kids (yes, even the ones who drive me crazy some days!).
But as I was walking up to campus this morning, it occurred to me that you probably don’t know about some of the ways we have been blessed here in the past year, so here are a few of the things that we are thankful for here at RFIS that are tangible ways we are blessed by supporters around the world and members of our local national and missionary community.
I am thankful for our BEAUTIFUL campus, but it is a little too far away from where most of our teachers and students live to be convenient at times. The school was able to purchase a used van a couple of years ago to carry teachers back and forth. A group of parents have set up a van/carpool schedule to get kids here and back for school and athletic practices, and those who have vehicles work together to make sure others get out here. I am so thankful for how people have worked together to make transport possible. (And quite honestly, I am even more thankful that I live out here now and don’t have to get carsick on the way to and from school every day!)
A weight room – in the past few years our PE teacher set out to raise funds to pave and cover this area and purchase some weight equipment. This is used daily by various members of our student body and/or staff members – even on the weekends!
I am thankful for Evert, our new secretary/receptionist. She is GREAT! I always know she is going to go the extra mile to make sure things get done and take the initiative to ask what she can help with if she has extra time. When I was in the US we used to joke that the schools would cease to function without the secretaries and custodians, and she would fit in well there!
Even though we all know sports are NOT something I generally enjoy, I am thankful for the athletic facilities we have at RFIS and the many opportunities they create for our students and community. Our soccer field is one of the best 2 or 3 in the country (quite honestly that doesn’t take much other than it being covered in grass and mowed regularly) which brought the women’s national team out to visit and allows us to host many athletic games and tournaments. Our current courts (used for basketball, volleyball, pickleball, etc) is great – as long as it isn’t raining and the sun isn’t too intense . . . . hmmmmm…. We live in a tropical rainforest – good luck with that one! I am so thankful that we will hopefully be breaking ground on a covered athletic facility within the next year. Sure, it won’t be much more than a cement pad and roof initially, but it will be such an amazing improvement!
I am thankful for the background I have in theatre. Our ‘auditorium’ is really just a big room with folding chairs, and our ‘stage lighting’ is a bit of a joke, but I am thankful of the progress we are making in this department! We have some actual stage lighting fixtures coming on the SIL container that could be here any day, and we are trying to start designing a possible auditorium. Building it is still a ways off, but if we can figure out how to design something practical for this climate and our situation, we might be able to tackle the rehearsal space part of it in a couple of years.
The list could go on and on, but I should probably get back to the work I HAVE to get done . . . Happy Thanksgiving