Lessons & Learnings, Prayers & Praises:
– One afternoon I overheard one of my students whisper to her friend, “We are so lucky – Miss Van Kannel is the most wonderful teacher.” Awwww… My heart melts. I am already building relationships.
– I have had a pretty exhausting, pretty challenging first month of school. Some of my students are in some really tough places, and some are putting me in some pretty tough places. I have been worn down, worn out, and frustrated. However, I am already coming to a very strong assurance: I am NOT in control. Ya. That’s a good, strong assurance.
I can’t be. I can’t handle it. I’m in the hands of God, and by Him, in the hands of others. I am in full reliance on Him. And I know that everything was through Him in Canada, too, but it’s so much more distinctly noticeable here. I HAVE to abandon my self-sufficient ways. It’s terrifying, but it is so purifying. I am relying fully on Him for enough money each month, for the actual provision and opportunity to get groceries, for health and safety, for patience, for wisdom, for the words to communicate and understand, for travel, for literally everything. Do the challenges bog me down some days? Yes. But overall, I’m not stressed. Anybody who knows me, knows that worry is my middle name, so this is amazing. I am doing this only through Him, and so far, yes, it’s going WELL. He gives me enough one day at a time.
I didn’t mean to leave it on a deep note, but here’s a lighter thought: spoiler alert for the next blog post – stay tuned for travelling in Nicaragua and national holidays – this teacher is preparing for a 5 day weekend next weekend! Woo hoo! One month down of teaching!