Summer officially started for us on June 6th. The class of 2012 graduated on June 1st. We had several students stay in our dorm until the 6th because of an international exam.
On June 10th, we flew to Macau, China to meet with a Korean family that has 3 girls in our dorm. We then traveled 10 hours by bus to the city of Nanning where they live. It was a beautiful city, full of vibrant colors, tall buildings, huge mall and yes, even a Wal-Mart. We had a wonderful time being with the family as they showed us around and we experienced lots of Chinese culture.
Back at Faith, most of the campus as well as our dorm, endured many projects, repairs and improvements. The playground and pool were closed for about a month. About two weeks ago, the pool re-opened and the kids have had several afternoons swimming to cool off.
Josiah and Julianna enjoyed 5 days of summer soccer camp on the field of Faith Academy. The camp started at 9am until noon. While our kids were at camp, we were at a Boarding Home Parent training class. It also lasted 5 days and was led by a couple from Australia. The training class was from 8am to 4:30pm and included loads of information about boarding home parents responsibilities and duty of care to the students.
Summer is not officially closed until the completion of the annual Faith Academy Staff Retreat. This year, we stayed on campus and used the beautiful facilities that God has blessed. The retreat was 3 days long. We had times of getting to know new staff, time of fellowship, gathered in small groups and supported each other through prayer and listened to several speakers talk about gratitude, our theme this year, We are excited about the upcoming school year and look forward to having “our girls” back in the home with us for the next 10 months!
Thank you all again for your support of our ministry while we serve Our Lord and invest in the lives of international and missionary kids!
Below are a few pictures of us with the Korean family we visited in China this summer 🙂