A Message From Alexandra Holland
Dear church Family!
This past semester has flown by so fast that I can’t believe it’s almost over! My class is doing well. In the past several weeks we have gained three new students; David, Min Jee and Hyun Jee. All three of them moved to Chile from South Korea not too long ago.
During this semester, my class has gone on two field trips. The first was to a muffin factory that is owned by one of the student’s parents. The kids had a blast seeing the process of how the muffins are made. Each of them made two muffins that they were able to take home and eat. They absolutely loved that!
Our other field trip was to Kidzania. It is a miniature city where kids can try out different jobs to see what they are like. The kids could bottle their own Coca-Cola, work at a grocery store, be a doctor, and make sushi. They could even be firefighters, ride in a small fire truck and put out a small fire! I think I enjoyed it as much as the kids did even though adults weren’t able to participate in any of the activities.
We have had several big school wide activities. A couple weeks ago, we had the art fair. Hundreds of art projects from all year and all grades were displayed for the big event. Ribbons were given and people could vote for their favorite pieces from each grade. It was a really fun night seeing all the kid’s hard work and watching their faces light up as they saw their work being displayed for all to see.
Another big event at school was the banquet for the high school in honor of the Seniors. The theme of the banquet this year was a night in Paris. Everyone got dressed up in nice dresses and suites. Many of the high schoolers and some of the teachers went. There was yummy food, a game, and several videos in which Jacob and Annie were featured. It was a really fun night and everyone enjoyed themselves.
There have been several different ministry opportunities for us this semester. Dori helped out a ton with the banquet (like she did with the art fair) and I was able to help decorate one night. Also, every Friday afternoon I help Annie’s class (1st grade) while they do art. It has been fun to get to know the younger kids better. Kathleen and I watch the kids in the covered area every morning before school starts. James and Jordan started a school soccer team for the high schoolers. The kids have enjoyed playing and it has been very enjoyable to attend their games. In addition, we have been blessed with the opportunity to serve in our church here. Kathleen, Dori and I have helped out several times in the nursery. We only have two kids in there, but several of the women at church are pregnant so soon there will be more.
Thinking back on this past year, I believe what I am going to miss most about South America are my friends. It has been a real blessing getting to know the people here. All the missionaries (short term and long term) have become like family. We have also become good friends with some of the students at the seminary next to the school and with people from our church. A couple from our church got married on May 21. Jacob was the ring bearer and Annie was one of the flower girls. Dori, Kathleen, and Nicole helped fix hair and do makeup. It was a beautiful ceremony outside with birds singing in the trees. I really enjoyed attending and watching our friends get married and seeing other friends and people we know.
I want to thank you all for your continued support. This past year has been a blessing and God has used it to grow me. I will always fondly look back on my year in Chile!
See you soon!