The sun is shining – finally

So there is a little story that goes like this. The mommy cloud and a little cloud are floating in the sky high above Armenia, and the little clouds says -mommy I need to wee wee – and the mommy cloud says – not now dear wait until we get to Vanadzor.

I think it has been about thirty days since the chance of rain was alt least 80%. But this morning so far no rain. The sun is shining and summer is in the air.

Life continues to get better and better here with new English Clubs and others going strong. I went to another marvelous event at the Vanadzor Orphanage and the new volunteer Oleg had to go back to the states so his expected arrival date has been put off for at least a week. This is too bad as I am really looking forward to working with him.

The exciting news is that one of my friends Heghine, has started reading Torah. I got her a Chumash while in Israel and she has invited me to Shabbat dinner at her house to continue our discussion of what she is learning about Judaism. Some of you may remember her, she started an English program for disadvantaged children which many of you supported online.So, during recent staff level discussions at her job at 911 (Emergency Services) someone said, well, Heghine is the President of an NGO. Well, the bosses knew a little about what she was doing but it got into a report and the National Minister in charge of the program heard about it and is honoring her in September for her work. To remind you she invites students, who can not afford what is a necessity here tutoring, to her home where along with her sister and mother they teach them English and life skills. The children are driven to and from the classes in a taxi and are given snacks, notebooks and pens. She does classes year round for about 16 kids for the grand total of $1,000, which pays for the taxi, snacks and school supplies..- she does not get paid. It is certainly a very rewarding part of my service. And now she wants to understand how to incorporate her new found understanding of Judaism and its values into what and how she teaches. – Wow what an adventure

I thank G-d for this opportunity to serve.

Shabbat Shalom .

Steven