Time for Class

A main focus of ours right now in Malaybaylay is to learn how to speak Cebuano. By the end of every tutor session my brain is ready to explode. I pack my things up and walk out of the cafe not wanting to say another word for the rest of the day. I don’t want to have to think anymore.

Some days I leave discouraged or annoyed that it’s such a long process. It feels like it’s going to take years before I can just sit and have a normal conversation in Cebuano. 


But Saturday night it all fell together for me. 

I got to spend the day in Cagayan and then walk around the town at night. I got to see what life is like in the middle of the city on a weekend. I got to experience the nightlife activities. 

But most importantly I got to see why I’m studying the language so intently right now.

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I met a little boy. I can’t tell you his name. I can’t tell you how old he is. I can’t tell you where he lives or who he lives with. 

All I know about him is he pretended to be a lion as we played together. The only words exchanged between us were roar. And maybe a few grunts thrown in there every now and then. 

I couldn’t figure anything out about him because I don’t speak Cebuano and he doesn’t speak English. And for me that was super frustrating. I wanted to know him. I wanted to be his friend. I wanted to do more than act like a lion with him. 

Saturday night that wasn’t possible. And next Saturday night that probably still won’t be possible. 

But as I waved goodbye and walked away I knew that every time I walk into the cafe for tutoring lessons that little boy will be in my mind and it’s going to make me work just a little harder to learn the language. And rest a little easier knowing the importance of what I’m doing in the right here and right now. 

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4 thoughts on “Time for Class

  1. Rick Fountain

    I can see it being frustrating and I can relate as we are starting an ESL ministry at Five Points. It is wonderful that God sent you an encourager in the form of a little boy. Praying for you!

    • An ESL program sounds exciting! Can’t wait to hear how all of that goes. Thanks for the prayers Rick!

  2. i feel connected to your heart. thank you

  3. Conni

    Good for you, Megan. I always told my kids: ask the Lord to bring what you need to rememberance. Ofcourse they thought that meant they didnt have to study. So proud that you are spending time witnessing and learning. Conni (Vicki’s sister)

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