Wednesday, December 14, 2011

on legacy

14. Where did you leave a mark?

Colegio Binimea- this is the place I spend my waking days. It is what I was sent to Mexico for- to teach and influence kids to follow hard after Jesus. When people ask me why I teach, I can't say it is because I love having summers off (although I really, really do), and I can't say it is because I think it is important that every child know their math facts and be on grade level. Nope. I teach because I want to make a difference in kids' lives. I want to point them to Jesus- whether I am in a mission school or a public school. 

Colegio Binimea, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico 

Globe discovery during the first week of school last year.

Colegio Binimea is a unique place. We've only got about 55 kids from K-12. My class is the biggest class in the elementary school, and I only have 13 students in 5th and 6th grades. But we are a mighty bunch. Because many of my kids have parents who are missionaries or pastors and they attend a tiny mission school, their lives are quite different from their peers in the public schools I came from back in Georgia. My main objective for the past year and a half of teaching them has been to get them to see beyond themselves and expand their worldview.

100th day of school- they dressed up like old people :)
Working on a science experiment last year

In hearing about what they took away from their Samaritan's Purse project and listening to them as we discuss themes in Bible class, I think they are starting to get it. In their own 10, 11, and 12 year old ways, they are getting it. And I love watching them. I love watching them grow. Yes, they drive me insane. Yes, they are sometimes a bit too inquisitive. But I love them. So much. And I am so incredibly proud of them.

Mummy-wrapping contest

Last week's Bible study was all about coming to God with faith like a child, and one of the questions asked who we admired. I wrote that I admired my parents and my teachers. I remember being in awe of some of my teachers- how they did what they did day in and day out was just amazing to me. And I wanted to be some of them. So now I am in their position, and I feel like I don't have things nearly as together as they did, but I'm trying, and each day is a new day. My teachers certainly left a mark in my life, and I hope that I do the same for my kiddies.

TOMS One Day without Shoes

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