The day care center reopened and we had 15 children in January. The teachers say that more will come in February. The teacher from last year returned, but her helper got another job so we had to quickly find a new helper. She seems to be very capable. We are in the process of preparing a better classroom for them in the office block as the building they are in is in disrepair. The parents who attended the first parents’ meeting are very excited about the move and agreed to an increase in the fees. Unfortunately, some of the moms who couldn’t attend the meeting were not happy about the increase in fees. We are working to find someone who can oversee the crèche when we return to the US later this year.
The Magog Senior Citizens’ Club is back in session. They are planning to be a bit more active with gardening, exercising and handwork this year. We have been challenged to make knitted or crocheted blankets this year so I have started knitting my blocks.
We have been asked to help with a marriage seminar in the Eastern Cape next month so we are preparing for that. Pray for us. We will take a few days after the seminar to visit friends and have a little bit of a vacation.
Recently a teacher who attends the church at Umzumbe took the children who were at the service and taught them a Sunday school lesson. The children were so excited. They love her and she is a very capable teacher. She has asked me to help her with materials for the class. Pray that more children will come to join them.
Michael will be turning 70 later this year. He will not be eligible to be elected to serve as Church of Christ Mission treasurer as he has served his allotted terms. We have decided that it is time to look at retirement. It is a scary thought! We have a house and the accumulation of nearly 48 years of marriage and 45 years in South Africa. It seems a daunting task ahead of us! Pray with us as we contemplate this major change in our lives. We will send more details when we know more.
Please pray for us as we are planning to return to the US for a furlough toward the end of the year.
Michael & Caryl Stanley
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