Spring Break in Oaxaca

Trip Start Sep 04, 2008
Trip End May 19, 2009

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

About a month ago I decided that, if at all possible, I wanted to spend my spring break back in Oaxaca with all of the wonderful people here that I had missed so much. I emailed Mr. Shaver and he said I was welcome to come down, but he warned me, he would put me to work. Let's just say I should have paid a little bit more attention to that warning. I showed up late Saturday night, spent Sunday getting acclimated, and then set the alarm for 6:40AM Monday morning to begin a week just as busy as any I left behind at school.

I went into the school every day this week, getting up 2-3 hours earlier than I normally do - some break. I spent the first few days at the school fixing their computer "lab." All in, I have restored 7 computers from slow, unstable, vulnerable and unable to print, to acceptably fast, stable, secure and printable. I also completely restored a computer for the Shaver's and set up a back-up drive for the receptionist.

Many of you may remember how much I enjoyed helping out with the elementary musical, "splash kingdom" last year. This year they are doing, "the first action hero" - and of course I jumped all over the opportunity to help out with "music class" this week. I taught the kids in grades 1-6 about such musical elements as D.S., CODA, measures, and how to count beats. It was a blast.

Furthermore, I put my camera to good use. Donna got a new camera, the Rebel T1i, which does HD video, and me and my camera were extremely jealous. Let's just say I am now in the market for a 7D - I plan on buying it this summer. Now that we have that behind us, I can say that my camera did a good job taking senior pictures for two guys - Jon and Jacob - as well as taking the "mug shots" (aka school pictures) for every person at the school, as well as taking the entire school picture where everyone was gathered on the front steps. I used Donna's camera to make a video from scratch for one of the teachers here to use when she goes on furlough next year. That HD video is amazing.

I'm missing the first two days of class, because the flights don't run every single day - so I'll be spending the next to days doing school work... fun fun fun. I may not have been able to "relax" this spring break, but being away from my difficult school work has been relaxing in it's own way.

It's been hot down here, which I've enjoyed - let's just say it's a nice break from Boston. However, I haven't picked up even the slightest hint of a tan. Too much work inside on computers I guess.

I love the people down here, and I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to come back. I couldn't be happier to serve these people with my time, even if it means long days and early alarms. This is truly a beautiful place with wonderful people, and I fully doubt that this is the last time I'll be in Oaxaca. The missionary community down here faces a lot of unique struggles, and I'd like to ask you all to remember them in your prayers. Life in Oaxaca is in many ways much more difficult than life in the US. 
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