I must begin this week’s report with news that this past Tuesday, two of our students from one of the orphanages sending their children to The Esther Project were in a road accident on their way to The Esther Project. The accident occurred while they were crossing the road by bike, and they were struck by a YBS bus, which failed to stop (and kept on going). They were thrown from the bike, by God’s protection neither of the students was injured, however, the front of the bike was crushed. The bike was one of our bikes that we had loaned to the orphanage, as they do not have the means to purchase enough bikes for their children.
Aside from that accident, this week, all our students were healthy and enjoyed learning at the Esther Project. The 1st year Fundamental students (referred to as Fundamentals from this point on) have covered Unit 2 and Unit 3 of their material; and the 2nd year, Level 1 students (referred to as Level 1 students from this point on) covered Unit 2 of their coursework this week. The students enjoy the classes and are making steady progress in their classes. Each morning, in addition to their normal language training, they are memorizing and writing new vocabulary to add to their coursework. For the Fundamentals students, these are basic words as English is completely new to them.
Our Level 1 students are doing very well so far. In the afternoon before we start our class, we spent some time reading the NIV Bible together. During the reading section, students asked about vocabulary, pronunciation and sentence structures that they are reading in the scripture. This is very helpful for each student.
Regarding the computer class, the first week was dedicated to a verbal introduction for the students about computers (keeping in mind they have never seen one). This past week, Mary, our instructor, presented the students their computers and began teaching them at the very beginning …how to open the laptop and close it. It was heartwarming to see the students’ excitement and joy when they saw their laptops and touched them with their own hands. When they heard Mary saying you can start using it, some of them just clap their hands and shouted with joy.
This past Friday, the fundamental students were assigned to do all the conversations from Unit,1,2 and 3. Most of them did it better than expected, but some still need to practice more between classes. The level 1 students were asked to do pair up and present the dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-21). They did exceptionally well and seemed to enjoy acting out the roles. We are thankful for the progress the students have made within a few weeks.
Finally, we just would like to say thank you to everyone who is supporting the Esther Project to give a brighter and better future to the next generation of our country. The Esther Project means a lot to these young students to build a platform to help them grow in faith and in education to become the leaders of their people like Queen Esther in the Bible.
Solomon Shwe Oke (Esther Project Myanmar)