Perspective from the field

Kuda Vana Partnership is thrilled to have three Student Missionaries join us for the next year! Keelia, Kaylan and Carrie arrived in September and have been busy helping in the school and in a million other ways. Keelia writes a blog, and we thought you might like to hear her perspective and experiences on life at Kuda Vana. Enjoy! 

"So it’s October, which is weird. I’m going to miss Halloween and the pumpkin carving  and the costumes and the candy (probably a good thing I’m missing that) and the scary stuff and especially my dad’s chili. This week was fun and busy and very reflective for me. I had kids singing the Muffin Man song (how in the world did that cross the equator?), a game called Where’s My Cupcake (cupcake and frosting recipe included), our 7th graders starting their big exams, and there are a lot more spiders everywhere. 

Keelia in her 1st and 2nd grade classroom

Keelia in her 1st and 2nd grade classroom

Our 7th graders are feeling really good about their tests! These tests are to get them into secondary school (high school). The first week of tests are all multiple choice and the next week (which starts tomorrow) is all writing the answers and probably essays. Please keep them in your prayers! My kids (1st and 2ndgraders) come back in the afternoon most days and they either finish their work, write down their homework, or we play games. Monday we played Where’s My Cupcake, which ended up just being a matching game that used pictures of cupcakes. The kids seemed to really enjoy that, and they always ask me to play with them which makes me so happy. I don’t think any person, sane or not (obviously I’m not sane) would say no to these kids if they asked you to play a game with them.

On Tuesday Madam Jessie (one of our teachers here) told me a brief history of Zimbabwe. I learned that the word ‘Zimbabwe’ actually comes from a different word that means ‘built with soap stones’ because the men that built Zimbabwe (their forefathers) used stones to build homes so they could stop living a nomadic life. She also told me how clans were set up. Everyone in one clan was related, and they all lived together.

The most amazing thing happened, too. My kids who weren’t really able to read, ARE STARTING TO READ!!! I was so proud when they were reading words and putting sounds together and were starting to read a page or two of a small book. I am so proud of them, and I can tell they are proud of themselves which is so important.

I found my new favorite song here:

‘Bigger than all my problems, bigger than anything. God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see. Bigger than all my questions, bigger than anything. God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see. Bigger than all my shadows, bigger than anything. God is bigger than any mountain that I can or cannot see.’

I really love that song and what it means. God really is bigger than anything. I read a quote somewhere that said we should stop telling God how big our problems are, and start telling our problems how big our God is (my apologies to the owner of that quote because I don’t remember your name). I think about that a lot, not just here but when I was in the States, as well (the quote, not forgetting the author’s name). How many times have I let my problems, how many times have I let Satan, scare me into believing he is bigger than my God? Have you ever done that? I want to be the kind of woman who the Devil is scared of, and that can only happen when I can look at him and tell him how big my God is (because let’s be real, our God is beyond big and beyond imagination and beyond everything)." - Keelia

Yes He is! We at Kuda Vana are so grateful for our Student Missionaries, and look forward to continuing to share their experiences with you!