Monday November 5, 2018

Matthew 7:1-5  “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

I have a terrible habit of asking Lucia to be quiet when she is trying to help teach the classes, she is just trying to help and I make the assumption that because she is only 5 she is not able to teach. But boy did she prove me wrong today and I love God’s sense of humor to put this passage before me today!
Today while teaching the 5-6 year olds the colors, Lucia just jumped in and started to take over the lesson. It took me only a moment to step aside and let her take the lead, and she did a great job. We are working on asking questions and then having the kids answer in complete sentences. So I started by asking Lucia to hold up a color while I asked, “what color is this?” and the students would respond with “the color is…”. About card number 2, Lucia raised up the card and before I could say anything, asked the question, to which the kids responded perfectly. This continued for about 5 minutes while they went through and practiced all of the colors. This also happened to be our last lesson, so Lucia went right into leading our “Goodbye Song” and again the kids responded in kind, loving that a 5 year old was their teacher!
I sat back and realized that she is far more capable than I give her credit and this scripture just reminds me to “take the log out of [my] eye” first and not to underestimate or judge my children’s capabilities. It was a really fun day of teaching, but a long one. After teaching at the preschool, we went over to the primary school where the kids are back in normal classes (they’ve been on break the whole month of October and we were teaching a “camp”). We prepared lesson plans just like we have done in the past, but the teachers actually had lessons already planned for us, we just had to teach it. While we were just teaching from the same book they do, I saw how beneficial it was to have us there, being native English speakers, to assist with pronunciation. Pronunciation is such an important part of language and being understood that having a native speaker provides a huge help with the learning process. I also watched the teachers participating in the lessons as though they were learning right along with the students.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach the students and people here that desire to learn English; they have been so welcoming that I feel they are giving me more than I can give to them. So every day I try to give my very best and to help in any way that I can. I am so amazed at how much these children know and how much the are able to retain. Thai and English are so incredibly different and I know first hand how challenging learning this different language can be. These children are way more advanced than I am, they speak their language and are learning mine, and while I am trying to learn Thai, I am struggling quite a bit and have only mastered a few words and phrases. These children and teachers are amazing!

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