Gwen & Mags Prayer News recently received into the SAMS office:
Thankyou for praying so faithfully for us. We are aware of how much you help to support us in that role. This last month has been a very difficult time and we have been even more aware of our need of prayer in these times.
We have had a few very difficult issues to deal with in school which have resulted in us having to ask two people, in two separate incidents, to leave. These situations are never easy and we all feel the loss of a member. Even so, we know our battles are not really with flesh and blood and know that this is a spiritual battle and one that God can use for our good and also for the good of the school. These situations make us even more dependent on the Lord and our desire is that we should act fairly and with Christian principles so that the Lord can work in us making us even more like Him and so strengthening our testimony to those around us. Please continue to pray for us and the school.
There have been some good moments too! We have continued to celebrate the decades and the top primary classes depicted the 80’s with a fantastic show which was enjoyed by all. This next week we move to the 90’s with the new century coming a few weeks later!!
As part of our celebrations we want to redo the bathrooms for the children in the Annexe school which are as they were built 40 years ago. We had a jumble sale at the beginning of the month and despite the rain raised over a thousand pounds.
Mags has once more been to the sports camp in Brazil, this time with the younger secondary pupils. They took over 50 pupils to play sports with some Brazilian schools. Amazingly they won quite a lot of their matches! They had a fantastic time and returned to school this week. The 9th Grade boys even beat the monitors in Basketball.
The primary and secondary pupils are now coming to the end of exam time and now reports are due! Gwen is pleased with the way her infant class are progressing and enjoys her hour a day there. She also takes a 6th grade group on Tuesday afternoons. This will increase a little in this new month as Rachel Rudman is going to England to get married before returning with her new, Paraguayan, ex pupil, husband!
Mags is busy with her maths classes and very thankful for the help of Sarah Clarkson who, somehow, arrived in Paraguay at just the right time!!
Preparations are well under way for our 50th anniversary celebrations. The children are all practising marching for our school’s march down the main street in town on June 22nd. It seemed an odd idea to us but something people here do! Anyway, we hope to use it as a time of witness with singing and then a talk. This coming Friday we are all going to our sports ground to practise marching and this time it will be the whole school and staff!!!!!
Our big school supper will be on June 28th in the evening. This will be a big event and there will be room for over a thousand people including ex pupils, parents and staff and some of the older pupils. Some of the ex pupils who are parents are organizing this for us. Please pray that our celebrations will be honouring to God and might reach out to others. During the week of June 22 to 28th we will have other events too like an ex pupils’ service where we hope Bishop Greg will speak, a school service where Bishop Ken Clarke from SAMS Ireland will speak, the supper where Bishop Peter will speak and also a Gala night.
Thankyou once again for your prayers. We are planning to come to England at the end of the year and hope to visit some of our link churches in January. If you would like us to visit please get in touch with us via e mail. We won’t make it to everyone but hope to see as many as possible.
God Bless and Lots of love,
Gwen and Mags xx