Monday, September 3, 2012


Although I had much fewer students in the second city, the grading and preparation still took just as long, due to the fact that I had to prepare for younger students and more teaching time. Each evening, after our two hour long dinners, I would head back to my room and prepare for the next morning’s class. If there was grading to be done, I would do that. We were expected to give homework to the students, so I had to determine that, and grade it each day. I also allowed my students to write to me several times and I wrote back, because I had more time to do so.

around town
When I got home from my morning class, we walked a couple blocks to the KFC for lunch. This became our daily lunch place, because it was fast, easy, and inexpensive. We even met students or others for lunch there sometimes. After we got back from lunch, I would prepare for my afternoon elementary class. I felt like I was living day-by-day, or hour-by-hour! I like to have things planned ahead, so this was definitely stretching for me.

There were several days, particularly in the first week, that I felt overwhelmed. I reminded myself that God was able to make all grace abound to me, and that He was sufficient to meet all my needs. On my class schedule I would write things like “Needy and Dependent” to remind myself of this.

I was encouraged by a verse a friend wrote to me that I read when I was away:
“so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

Our work, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, is never in vain if it is something the Lord has begun!


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