Goodbye and Hello!
Posted by Connor Skuce on Tue, 17 Jan 2017 | 2 comments | Bookmark:
My first week at KISC didn’t get off to a great start.
Monday involved finally finding out exactly what I would be doing here – mainly helping equivalent GCSE students with maths and the sciences but also aiding both struggling and advanced kids; working at both ends of the scale.
On Tuesday a government _bundh_* gave the kids an extra day off school but staff weren’t awarded the much-desired lie-in. This, coupled with many year groups having exams this week, left me with very little to do and brought me to question if this had been the right decision.
However by the end of Wednesday, with everyone back for the term and a busy day for me, my worries were settled. God’s ever-impeccable timing of a member of staff sharing Hebrews 11:1 with our small student support group on Wednesday morning really registered with me:
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see.
Helping kids in classes throughout the day gave me a sense of worth and that I was doing as God had planned for me and the reassurance that I working where he needed me. Thursday and Friday followed similar suit racking my brains for answers to the many questions students posed during revision periods and getting involved in some heated staff table tennis matches at lunch time!
I spent much of Saturday with Jenny, Roger, BA and his family; first at another spiritually invigorating SD Church service and then a delicious western style restaurant where we feasted on burgers and chips – one of the few meals without rice I’ve had. We finished the day with some souvenir shopping and another great meal of mutton soup at BA’s home.
And so it is time to say goodbye to my travel companions whose company I was extremely grateful for, and hello to many new friendships at KISC and beyond. I would like to thank everyone at home for their continued overwhelming support that has truly made the difference so far.
*A bund is basically a strike day that can be called by any of Nepali’s 240 political groups. Although some shop owners, businesses and organisations still operate, it does bring the country’s transport and economy to a standstill, with no clear benefits to any party.