It’s hard to believe I’ve been living here for a month already!! It’s gone fast, but it seems like I got here a really long time ago. It’s probably because I’ve done so much. This next week is teacher training and I couldn’t be more excited. I have been looking forward to school starting ever since I found out I was placed at 5th grade. I love working with that age group, both teaching and mentoring.
I’m also looking forward to school because I’ve been doing a lot of jobs that I’m not very good at. Painting, for example. It’s funny because when I was little my parents would never let me help paint. My sisters and I would really want to help because putting paint on a wall just looked like so much fun. But we were never trusted to even get close to the paint. We only had the pleasure of scraping. Oh, and what a pleasure it was. . . Anyways, my parents thought I would be careless and get paint everywhere if I tried to help. So the people here have actually asked me to paint. It’s funny that I’m finally being trusted to paint at 23 years old. But to be honest with you, I think I’m about to have my privilege revoked. My parents knew me too well. I don’t know how it happens, really. I blame a lot of the mistakes on the bugs. If a mosquito is biting me, I’m going to kill it! And if I happen to have paint on my hand when I smash it on my let, I’m bound to get paint on my leg. And then when I sit down to get the small areas, it happens to get on the floor. But it all starts with the mosquito, you see. I end the day looking like I rolled it in, even though I try to be so careful. Man, my parents are smart. I’ll be glad when Monday comes. I’ll get to do work that I’m good at! :)
Since Agape Christian Academy is a bilingual school, I will be teaching in English only. There are specific Spanish teachers, and specific English teachers. I’m not sure what classes are taught in Spanish, but I know that I will be doing language arts, math, science, and social studies in English. The school goes all the way from nursery to high school seniors. It is an accredited school through Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Therefore, graduating seniors receive a diploma as if they graduated from a US high school. The high school goes from 7th grade to 11th grade. Most schools here in Honduras graduate their seniors at 11th grade. It is slowly changing, and this year’s sixth grade class will graduate after 12th grade.
Last time I was here I taught high school science. I’m really thankful to be doing something I’m better prepared for!! Today I was working at the church (painting, of course!) and we went to lunch at Pizza Hut. Yes, we have Pizza Hut here, and since its next door to our church we are frequent visitors! I saw one of my old students who was in 11th grade when I taught. He is now going into his 3rd year of college. When I saw him at the table I couldn’t believe how old he looked. I could not believe that I had actually been his teacher. How in the world did I do it? Well it wasn’t through my own ability that is for sure. It was really a year of supernatural grace and God showing me that if I let Him do things THROUGH me, I can be used in big ways for God’s kingdom. My last 2 years in Texas, I worked at a children’s home as a teacher. The first year I wasn’t involved with the average kid who was living in the facilities, but instead teaching English to 15 foreign exchange students from all over the world. When I applied for the job I really didn’t have a good idea of what I was applying for. I knew it was something involving foreign kids at a Christian school. I thought I was going to be with KIDS. But when they came they were taller than me and had facial hair. Definitely not kids. Young adults more like it. Actually, most of them were seniors in high school, and the majority of them were guys. I went to the director after I found out the enormity of what I had gotten myself into, and told her that I really wasn’t sure if I was the right one for the job. “Karen, she said, God is calling you to do things that you cannot do in your own strength. He is calling you to do things bigger than yourself so you will have to do it in His strength.” Those words marked me, and have become a repeating pattern in my life. I’m anxious to see what the big job will be this year!