Passion: Teaching * Service audience: Kids, 5 to 12 year old * Fuel Element: Cultural diversity * Type: R&D
Well, here we are on the other side of Spring Break and Holy Week. They were two very busy, demanding but productive weeks. For the first time we hosted Camp Leonardo – Spring Break, and we were almost to capacity! Kids had a blast and, judging by their comments, I know the parents were also blessed. But there is very little time to rest, now… the end of the school year is around the corner and we must get ready for the two weeks of Camp Leonardo – Summer.
What gets me really excited is the opportunity to pursue one of my passions, teaching math & science, in a way that stimulates my creativity and may help me to improve, as a teacher. For the longest I have had the desire to teach these topics using a minimal amount of teaching material. At one point I thought about using nothing but balsa wood, rubber bands, glue and paper to present the basic principles of our areas of study. Well, this year I do get to do something like that! I will be teaching aerodynamics and board game design, with an investment in teaching material of less than $80.00 for twenty students for two weeks.
What’s scary about it is the fact that I will be teaching from a point of disadvantage. I am going to be pursuing my passion for teaching in a setting that, culturally speaking, is not my preference. Language will be an issue. Values will be different. And an appreciation, a real and deep appreciation for all my labor may not take place.
I will be teaching kids, 5 to 11 years of age.
You may be wondering the why behind my desire to subject my self to such a demanding environment. The truth is that serving others from a point of disadvantage is very helpful for your own Spiritual Transformation. When you engage in disciple-making in a culturally diverse setting, that setting will clearly expose what is in your own heart. You may be the only one that sees that reality, but it is extremely important that you see it. And there, in your heart, you will see your own idolatry, you will see those cultural preferences you hold in very high steem… somethings higher than the Good News of salvation that Jesus Christ, God the Son, freely offers to everyone.
In other words, serving in cultural diversity will give you opportunities to repent and confess.
But it will also show you, clearly, the work He has done in you.
Cultural diversity, then, will provide you with reasons to celebrate!
A clear piece of evidence of His work in you is your desire to give to others in a generous way, even when gratitude from your service audience is not guarantied… at least not exactly in the amount you – humanly speaking – believe you deserve.
I want to teach the best class possible about physics and mathematics. I welcome the challenge of teaching these topics using very little material. My creativity engine is in over-drive, already! But all this may be coming from my own passion, giftedness, areas of interest. But pursuing excellency in teaching in an cultural setting that is not mine, having the desire to give freely and generously because I know I have received freely and generously from the Triune God of Scripture, that is a sign of His work in me.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.