- 我們主要的同工：Elena、Sophia、Peter 和 Kasbek。
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John & Chrisita Tsai Prayer Letter 2015/6
Update & Give Thanks
Looking back last 3 year, we remember in May 2013, we started the actual construction of the Rainbow Kindergarten. In the following May 2014 we did the Test Trial of the kindergarten with only 3 children and 8 staff without license. In September, 2014, we had a Thanksgiving Celebration to show our appreciation to God, and to show to VIPs from Government, friends, supporters, parents of our students of what we are doing.
We finally got our license in late Jan. of 2015for His provision to accomplish what we knew was impossible by our own power. In May 2015 we celebrated kindergarten one year anniversary of our startup. Currently we have 20 children that were selected pray fully over the last few months. In the past, we depended on our own judgment to bring in teachers and students without waiting on the Lord. God made us learn some hard lessons- to let go some teachers and students who were not meant to be part of us. Now we know better and we seek His face and His will in every interview, every decision to be made and ask for His blessings be upon us. We were thankful that the first 3 children are still with us, they are growing well in spite of their initial weaknesses in different areas. Our whole staff love them dearly, and their parents/guardians now learn to trust us with appreciation. With good relationship, we have become friends.
Now we have 24 children. Even when some of them are only with us for 2 weeks or less, we can see them fitting quite well in our established environment and with each other and our staff. This is how we envision Montessori school should be operating and we just want to give thanks to God that it is happening. The world may seem to be in chaos in many parts of the world with many man-made troubles and natural disasters, but here we feel God’s presence. Summer is here and children can spend more time playing in the playground and they simply love it.
One of the Classes we were concentrating on is RELATIONSHIP and the first one was on “the Damage of Gossip at workplace” which caused a great deal of mess at the beginning of the year when we returned from USA. Communication among people has always been one of the greatest issues that require the most attention and if not well understood will definitely cause problem at workplace and in home life resulting in mistrust between people especially across different cultural and language barriers.
In the previous letter we mentioned training in various areas. We really want to thank Jackie who started the training with us in Teambuilding which we desperately need and she brought her local team from Bishkek whom she trained herself in the past few years. Together, they not only taught us the concept of teamwork, but more importantly demonstrated how principles should be practiced; applied so how good things can be multiplied and spread to many. Please pray that our staff can learn to see the significance of a good team. Following pictures we also celebrated birthday with the children.
Every opportunity we have, we review our vision and goals of the organization with staff. We are also encouraging each other to grow and work toward these goals. We also started English classes with our staff for better communication with us and for future teaching in English from the outside. Through translations, Christa started Character Building class while John also continued with the Montessori training. Please pray that through our combined efforts, we build them up to be excellent staff, teachers and one day become good trainer for others.
According to Kyrgyz law, any foreigners having been here for more than 5 years are eligible to apply for PR. After spending countless number of hours in the past 10 years just to get visa for us to stay legally and work in Kyrgyzstan for our ministry, we decided to go for the PR status here, a year ago. It is a great deal of preparation of necessary documents and Examinations/Investigations from both USA and Kyrgyzstan. However, after almost one year of waiting – 3 not so promising interviews, numerous trips of submissions of documents by Sophia and our understanding of the general opposition of Kyrgyz people against foreigners applying for PR, especially Americans and Europeans, we were ready to give up. Then, we were finally granted the PR status with just normal fees of less than $300/per person. Now, this means we can come in and out without visas for 5 years. We can only thank our Lord for His extra grace and mercy, for we hear that many other Ms who are not getting their working permits rejected are forced to change their plans to leave Kyrgyzstan.
May 20 is John’s parents’ 70 year anniversary! We were sorry that we were not able to celebrate with them with the rest of our big family of brothers, sisters, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in LA on such a special occasion. Please see attached picture. We are indeed blessed for John’s father is 95 and mother is 93, still in relative good health! Please continue to pray for their health and our whole family’s protection.
June 1 we celebrated “Children’s Day” in our kindergarten. In the afternoon we also pass out the shoeboxes from Samaritan Purse which we hope this may still be the means by which we can evangelize. The children were thrilled and excited to receive these gifts and they talked about this event for days among friends and neighborhood. Of course, we did share with them that these gifts are packed by Christian children of many different churches of the world with their own pocket money and are most willing to share Jesus’ love with other children in the world.
- May God bring appropriate children come to our kindergarten so we can make a difference in their lives. May He also bring interested candidates for training to be preschool teachers.
- Pray God lead our efforts in our team building and character building through daily practice .
- May God bring suitable trainers to us, on Montessori, leadership, character building.
- Do pray for our core team members – Elena, Sophia, Peter and Kasbek.
- Pray for other staff, our students and their families.
- May God bless all that are obedient to Him.
John & Christa Tsai
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