Head Master-"God is good"
Students-" All the time"
Head Master-"All the Time"
Students-" God is Good, it is his nature. Whoo!"
This is the call and response between the Head Master Sebastian Chaula and the students at Lutingelo.
After driving out of the village of Idunda, we headed to Lutingelo to meet the students that we sponsor through the church. The Olson's were mum about the greeting we were to receive. I was in the follow van, so did not see what was happening. We suddenly slowed and I could hear some sort of ruckus outside. The van stopped and we were quickly surrounded by a large group of kids singing, dancing and waving boughs. Upon exiting the van, I had two girls eagerly grab my hands and encourage me to dance along with them to a designated gathering point underneath their flags. One of the girls happened to be carrying a toddler of one of the instructors. The toddler also insisted on holding my pinkie as we danced and bounced along. This amazing welcome was extended to all of my fellow travelers as well. One of the great advantages of attending a school like Lutingelo is the opportunity to learn English. The kids sang us their school song that Sebastian wrote shortly after our arrival, which just happens to be in English. We were treated to many more songs and dances, some of which the teachers participated in as well. A couple of these the students found very funny, especially when a small group of boys who had their faces painted were joined by Sebastian with a burlap bag on his head as a hat. My little toddler friend was set down at some point and managed to make her way up front, and insisted that I hold her while the kids danced. Rarely have I felt so welcomed by a group of strangers.