-Footprints in the Sand-

-Footprints in the Sand-

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets offootprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.

He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.

He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really troubled him and he questioned the LORD about it:

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."

The LORD replied:

"My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Paper Planes: 101

So yesterday was my first day of teaching...and it was very enjoyable I must say!  The thing with teaching is that it is totally unpredictable, and causes you to resort to "plan B" (that never really ever was planned.)  I am teaching in Tehuacan, Mexico at a small school that is a 25 minute walk away from my house.  I have a very small classroom that fits about 6 comfortably, 7 tops.  Well for my first session which is from 4-6 at night, my first class was only supposed to have 4 children in it.  However, as time passed they showed up...and showed up.....and showed up!  By the end of the class I had 10 kids in my small hot and sweaty classroom.  Now this was a little hectic considering I only prepared for 4 kids, but it magically worked out somehow!  :)  So for each session I teach 4 classes with different children.  The next session starts at 6 and ends at 8, so 8 classes total in a 4 hour period, leaves for one very tired teacher!  The children were also very tired at this time of night, so it was hard to get them to speak. 

I am in charge of arts and crafts for the next couple of weeks, so for our first day we made paper airplanes...more like 60 paper airplanes!  I don't think I will have any desire to make another one any time soon.  Today we will make popsicle stick people...and my psychic tendencies tell me I will not even want eat a popsicle for a long while to come. 

But let me talk about the best part of this whole process; the children.  :D  I love each and every one of them!  They are all amazing in their own way, whether it be "cute" amazing, "smart" amazing, or "pushing it" amazing.  :p  They each have the gift to make me smile, and I am glad that I am able to teach them what I was blessed to know:  English.  They may not appreciate it, or even learn anything now, or even next week, or nothing at all.  But I hope that they will remember that I cared about them, and wanted them to do well in life.  I hope that they will be able to look back and remember the teacher who cared about them with the small footprints she left behind in Mexico. 

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