FROM SYME TO PREP SCHOOL
Today we participated in our first full day with the Prepschool students. It began with brunch, in which I had many interesting conversations with some of the guys about Korean culture and the political system here in Korea. After that, we headed down to Gwakji Beach to play group activities such as human fooseball, dodgeball, and digging for soda cans in order to rid ourselves of D-Points. ;) We were also able to go swimming out to a rock shoal near the docks with Josh, Jacob, and Daniel. We got some really good pictures from it! All in all, it was an awesome day.
Today was a normal class day for us WOLBI students, but the Prepschoolers had a great time experiencing how it would be if they were to come here for a complete school year at the institute. After class, we spent time together just discussing daily life here at WOLBI. That night, we played a few games of volleyball and in dorms, Mitch demonstrated his physical prowess by showing them how to work out effectively and different techniques in abdominal muscle building.
Today was our last day with the Prepschool students, but they were able to join us in class for second period Galatians study, which they seemed to enjoy. We gave them a fond farewell as they left, knowing that many of them had decided to head in the direction of coming here next year.
Students from Korea and Japan recently stayed on campus for a three day intensive experience of WOLBI schooling and life. We encourage prospective students to experience WOLBI before making a decision about attending the school. Many students arrived from both SYME Korea and SYME Japan, an 8 month English and Bible Training program. English as a Second Language (ESL) students often attend SYME as a prerequisite for WOLBI Jeju, and then potentially second year at WOL New York. Rachel (pictured below), is a current student at SYME Korea, and is pursuing a career as a missionary pilot for MAF.
Some English teachers at SYME are WOLBI graduates themselves, often going straight from 2nd Year at WOLBI New York to serving as a missionary overseas through Word of Life's CCI internship program. They teach English, serve as mentors and discipleship counselors, and assist in transforming others' lives. Rachel and Grace (pictured below), immediately perked up when asked about how their teacher, Havilah (picture below, middle) was doing. "You know Havilah? We love her so much! Here, let's take a selfie".
We're praying for the Prep-school students as they make decisions for the future, and some work toward graduating from SYME. Whether God's plan is for them to spend a year at WOLBI Jeju or not, we ask you to also pray for them, along with SYME's ministries.
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Mike Noakes, 18, USA
6’2, green-eyed, and awkward. Saved for 12 years. Usually biking, hiking, or playing airsoft. Dreaming of Crackerjack or Ice Cream. Missing long bike rides with friends in America. And America in general. Collector of sand, coins, stamps, foreign money. Future resident of the Rockies or in the Mediterranean.