Last week Joyce held her final day of testing and class at Dorcas.  Two weeks ago the students had their written tests and each day last week they had to bake an item that they had been taught throughout the course.  On Monday the girls baked banana bread.  Tuesday it was chocolate chip cookies.  Wednesday they baked yellow cake with chocolate icing.  And, finally on Thursday they baked pineapple pie.

Overall the girls did very well.  They had a few challenges, but when you figure that none of them had every used or been near a gas oven before, they did great.  We would like to say thanks to those of you who gave towards the gas stove.  This wouldn’t have been possible without you.

Over the course Joyce taught them how to follow instructions and to use measurements.  With traditional cooking there are no measurements or written instructions to follow.

One of the things that they were taught to bake that most impressed them was bread. They were shocked that bread could be baked in the village.  They didn’t think it was possible.

The students had a great time, and as with the tailoring course their possibilities were expanded again.  The people here are very bright.  They just need to be shown new options. Often times we can take for granted our schooling, parents, mentors, internet, television and books.  We have such an endless supply of knowledge available to us.  So much of these things the people here will never have the chance to learn from.  That is why volunteers, like Joyce, who are willing to come and teach what they know to others is so valuable.  The body of Christ in action.  I love it.