We are nearing the end of our week of ministry in Montreal. We had hoped to post updates earlier in the week, but our days have been running around 12 hours each day – and that’s before we return to have dinner. To say the least, we are a little tired at the end of each day. But it has been a good week, and we will be sad to say our goodbyes on Friday.

We are not posting any pictures of the students that we have been working with at the request of their parents. We have had 25 students this week, ranging in age from 6 to 14, with varying levels of English, from none to fluent. Most of the students were born in Syria so their native language is Arabic. They also speak some French, depending on how long they have lived in Canada.

A typical day (9 am to 5 pm) is as follows.

Welcome time to help learn each other’s names

This is my story. Each day the students completed a page in their ‘book.’ 1) My name is … (with a self portrait.) 2) I am from … (with a drawing of their country or home.) 3) My favorite food is … and 4) A person I love is …

Singing Scripture songs (throughout the day.) Our theme verse has been Proverbs 3:5-6.

English vocabulary and worksheets

Morning snack

Lessons from the Bible from the books of Daniel and Jonah

Games and crafts related to the Bible stories

Lunch

More games, crafts, singing

Afternoon snack

Review of the day’s activities

On Tuesday and Thursday, we walked to a neighborhood park to help the children run off some steam. On Wednesday, we went to the science museum. That included lots of walking, a 30 minute ride on the Metro (each way), and 1 1/2 hours at the museum, all while keeping track of 25 active children.

It has been a fun week of building relationships and encouraging the children to trust and obey God. We might never see these children again, so we will be trusting God to continue His work in their lives.

Thank you for your prayers. We will start the long drive home tomorrow afternoon with what we hope to be an eight hour drive followed by a planned sixteen hour drive on Saturday.