Literacy Hike

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This was our team!
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Some of the trails on our hike were gorgeous.
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Some were treacherous!
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And some no longer existed!
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God blessed us with warm, gracious hosts in each village.
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After this bath I felt "as clean as a mountain stream".
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We started the literacy lesson by singing a familiar Wantoat song in unison.
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Then we recited the Lord's Prayer together in Wantoat. This was the first time most of the participants heard it in their own language.
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In this skit we portrayed a pastor sharing with another church leader that we can communicate with God in any language.
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Part of the lesson included teaching about God's view of people's heart language.
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Next we shared a basic literacy lesson, including a demonstration of how to read long Wantoat words by breaking them into smaller pieces.
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Other team members had a chance to try their hand in teaching the lessons.
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The people were very excited about what they were learning.
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The final step was a chance for people to practice reading. First they read a short, humorous story in Wantoat.
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After reading a few verses in unison, people read John 6:1-15, Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand, in small groups.

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It was a powerful climax to each lesson as we observed people absorbing God's Word.
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Each lesson concluded with fifteen people reading in turn from John 6:1-15.
 

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