Friday, March 01, 2013
I haven't left my day job at the high school. But I maintain a resume on Care.com - a wonderful site that helps to hook up people needing services with people offering services. Last year I was helping a little old lady. When she entered an assisted living home, my time with her ended. Every now and then I check in at the site and apply for different things. But for that assignment, someone contacted ME. The same for my present one - tutoring.
I have taught art and Spanish in private schools, and have home-schooled two of my kids. So when I was asked about tutoring two children to help in their regular academics and also help them learn conversational Spanish, I was glad to give it a shot. Last night was my first night with my two pupils, aged 8 and 9. Sweet kids, polite, attentive, fun. During the first hour we wrote introductory compositions (me too - with purposeful errors) and then we proofread and corrected them together. I told them a little about etymology and grammar (puctuation is a weakness). During the second hour we talked about Spanish, noting words and phrases they already knew - or had heard and wanted to know what they meant. We closed with a game of "I Spy" inSpanish to practice our colors.
I got paid to have fun!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Matt: 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ďAll authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.Ē
He didn't say to "get them saved" - "have them say a little prayer". He said to make disciples. A quick trip to dictionary.com - a disciple is "a person who is a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another; follower." It lists the verb as being obsolete - "to teach, to train" - but obviously the writers don't hang around evangelical Christian circles, because the verb is still in use.
Salvation is, of course, the first step. But just leading someone to Christ and then leaving them is as bad as having a baby and abandoning it. It's like planting a seed, seeing it germinate, and then letting the bunnies come and eat it.
So, I have me a young disciple - or, I am discipling a young man! And I'm excited about it, because it's the first time I've ever dealt with someone who's not my child or grandchild. I mean, yes, I have spoken in churches - but most of them have known the Lord a while. I'm giving them some "American Food", fresh spiritual bread and meat from a foreign land. But my young student friend isn't ready for solids yet. He needs some "pure spiritual milk" (1 Pet. 2:2).
The cool thing is how eager he is. He came to me during first block when I was in the student cafeteria as "The Math Lady" to help whatever students wanted it in their homework. We went over his homework ( adding polynomials) and he still had time before he had to go to class. So I asked, "You wanna just chill, or do you want to read the Bible?" (See, I'm not forcing it on him!) He said, "Read the Bible!" So I pull out the little Gideons' NT with psalms and proverbs. We're in Matthew. I don't just read it to him - I explain various cultural, historical things. Like, Joseph could have had Mary stoned, and I don't mean with Panama Red! And very likely there weren't just 3 guys following the star - they'd have an entire entourage, camels and such loaded with supplies for the journey. And Herod's soldiers wouldn't wait for (non-existent) birth certificates to show the kids were 2 or under - probably didn't check gender either. "There's a small fry -" I likened the massacre to what happened in schools in our generation.
He came up towards the end of his math class later for more help with multiplying polynomials. We did the work, he returned to class...then he came up with his lunch, and since I didn't have any students, I asked again, what would he like to do. "Let's read the Bible!"
It's like showing nature to a child and reliving the wonder.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I was "Sparking", with my Youtube playlist going, when this song came on. I had to pause and get the link and share it.
There are things I would like, would like to do, places I would like to go, goals I would like to accomplish. But things happen.
I'd LIKE to get to 160 pounds...but I'm older now, the skin isn't so elastic, I've had four pregnancies, I've been way overweight - obese - and I can't afford (if I WANTED it) to have surgeries to cut away the excess skin.
I'd LIKE to continue taking trips by "lancha" between Pucallpa and Iquitos, and by "peque-peque" to visit more remote churches in the jungles of Peru, but the arthritis and probable hip replacement would make such a venture unwise.Wouldn't want to knock the new hip out of joint in the middle of nowhere!
(This is a video I made with scenes from such excursions)
I am working at bringing my weight down, trying to be more fit, and shall always do the best I can.
But more than anything, I want more of Jesus. If I don't have Him, what do the other things really matter? We will all pass from this life, no matter how HEALTHY we are. Death is inevitable. But in Jesus, it's not the end. This is our glorious hope!
Matt. 16:25-27 "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Fatherís glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done."
Sunday, February 24, 2013
"Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)
Since my salvation I have been active in churches - some denominational, others not so - where we still believe that God speaks through His prophets, and God uses His people to prophesy even though they may not hold the office of prophet. Speaking prophetically can be revelatory of what God is going to do, or can be as guidance. And it has to be examined by the person(s) to whom it is spoken - because there are those who speak out of the flesh, or who are mistaken in their perception/discernment. But I have received enough personal prophetic words to know God still acts in this way.
When Jesus the Messiah came to us the first time around, His coming was foretold by prophets, and the new testament points to His coming as fulfilling such prophecies. Just the first 2 chapters of Matthew, which I was reading today, pointed to four distinct prophets.
And the book of Acts and the epistles speak of prophecies. I was just discussing spiritual gifts withLevi. He'd had some bad experiences with people prophesying in the name of the Lord - for their personal gain, or to expose others' sins; and also encountered the attitude that if you don't speak in tongues you don't have the Holy Spirit. So I read to him from 1 Cor. 14 : Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, ESPECIALLY PROPHECY [my emphasis]... . 3...the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4... the one who prophesies edifies the church. 5 I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, SO THAT THE CHURCH MAY BE EDIFIED.[emphasis mine].
Anyway, we had a very animated conversation, and after a while he commented that his neck was really hurting, and he asked how long we'd been on the phone. My phone has a little display that tells how long a conversation lasts - over an hour! So, I let him go.
But it was good ...so good...to be able to discuss such things with him.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I couldn't reach Levi last night - at 10 pm he still hadn't arrived hjome from work. So I tried this morning before he would leave. We talked for about a half hour. I told him a bit about my "grievances." But I concluded that I was still willing. And so is he. But we're going ahead slowly - made easy by the distance. When the Lord allows me to return to Peru, my focus will be the ministry of visitation and encouragement. If He allows, I'll go to Pucallpa to visit Levi and the family...maybe even minister (I'll certainly be visiting!). If Levi can get time off, maybe he can join me ministering. But I'm not going to sweat it. It may take several years before things are finalized - he may never get to come to the States. But I only want to be where God wants me, in whatever season. And I want Levi also to be in the center of God's will, with me or without me.
I appreciate my pastora's counsel, and my friends' prayers.
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