One week before loading up and traveling to the States, our church hosted a mission team from the State of Maryland. A team of 8 volunteers traveled from the State of Maryland to serve with us in Moldova for one week. Our initial plan was to have three afternoon Bible clubs in three different villages but God had a slightly different plan. Continue reading
I was able to participate in a teachers’ training conference this past weekend and I would like to share some of the things that we learned. I was a small group discussion leader. The majority of the teachers were from Moldova’s public school system. They were to receive continuing education hours for their attendance. The theme of the conference was “Good character equals Good teacher”. We learned many pedagogical principles based on the life of Jesus Christ. He was a great leader/teacher during His lifetime and we have much to learn from Him. We also learned how to incorporate what we were learning into our classrooms in practical ways. We learned innovative ways of using interactive learning in order to get the kids involved during the lesson. After 3 days of theory, on the fourth day, we went into a public school to teach a lesson on good character. I have never taught a class with 5 other teachers before, so for me it was an interesting experience. I want to thank Hans and Ruth (two wonderful teachers and people of God) for their efforts. There were 140 of us in all and they did a wonderful job in involving everyone during the conference. I pray that the teachers will apply what they have learned and be people of character as well as teaching their students to be people of character. Good character is not something that we are born with, we must learn it and develop it. The etymology of the word character comes from the Greek language and it means “to be engraved upon”. Character is based upon good actions and good actions must be taught and learned, which is exactly what Jesus Christ did during His days on this earth. As an educator, I was greatly encouraged by what I learned. I just wanted to share that with you as well.
I have not written in a while and I just want to throw down some thoughts that I have had over the past few days. It is a real adventure raising 2 kids, especially since they are 20 months apart and the oldest is not yet 2 1/2. God has to renew our strength because we have none. Our youngest has not been sleeping for about a month and 1/2 so we are mostly like zombies during the day. Continue reading