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Lufkin Grad doing mission work in Madagascar FaceTimes with LISD students


Technology is allowing us to connect with people we may have never known existed 100-years-ago.

Tuesday morning, some Kurth Primary students were able to meet other students in Madagascar through the magic of an Ipad.

The English is rough but students on the island of Nosy Be were able to tell 2nd graders in Lufkin good morning through the FaceTime application on an Ipad.

Speaking to students 9,000 miles away took the students learning to a whole new level.

Lufkin high school graduate, Tori Alverson, moved to the tiny island off the coast of Madagascar in April as a missionary with Africa Inland missions. She helps out in a small village where students who are fortunate to go to school have the opportunity.

"It's just a matter of being able to afford school here," Alverson said.

It costs $25 a year for a child to go to school. For many, it is not easy. Most children have to help their families make just enough money to get by.

The students in Lufkin were also able to ask Alverson questions about how she likes living on the island.

"I might not have all my stuff I had back home like my car, or my [air conditioning], my parents or my family but I have a new family here," Alverson said.

Alverson's mother is an instructional specialist at Kurth and lead the students in the discussion.

"For the kids to see how face time can connect them to kids in Africa was just an unbeatable experience for them," said Yvette Alverson.

The students left with a better understanding of their new friends.

"I learned that the people do not speak the same language that we do," Laprincia McCloud said.

"It's hot there and it's cold here," Logan Trotter said.

"They don't celebrate Christmas," Elisabeth McBride said. "They only really celebrate New Year's."

"They have to pay for school and we don't," Sariah Morrison said.

The students also learned that those on the island play soccer instead of football. They learned also how they have to sometimes hunt for their food and do not always get to go to the grocery store.

Before the session ended, the Kurth students shared Texas culture by singing "Deep in the Heart of Texas" for their counterparts in Madagascar.

Alverson is scheduled to remain in Madagascar for the next two years.

To find out how you can help Alverson and Africa Inland Missions, you can click here.

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