Not everyone is called to teach. Not everyone is given the key to shape our children’s minds. Not everyone. To teach is a privilege only a few are blessed with to love. I am blessed to be called to teach and to love doing it, and I don’t take it lightly or for granted. My heart is there when I am in the classroom.
|Prathom 1 students hard at work|
A few months ago, God placed in me a hunger to really connect with the local Thai people and to form friendships with them. The language has been a big barrier as well as the setting to do this despite living in Thailand. So I began praying for doors to open and for God to send Thai people in my path and be connected with. I did not expect my love for teaching to pave the road for answering this prayer, but that is exactly what happened.
Before the end of January, I was asked to help a local school (Sangthong Vittaya) to teach their Prathom 1 and 2 (equivalent to Grade 1 and 2) English classes for the remaining months of the school year. Sangthong Vittaya is the largest private school in the province of Krabi with over 4,500 students. This gave me the opportunity to be in close contact daily with local Thais, both adults and children. It helped me improve my Thai, start conversations with fellow teachers, and eventually form friendships with some of them. My term in the school ends this month, but I know that this doesn’t close the door for me to share to them the love of the Lord and the gospel.
Below are more pictures of my students.