“Thank you, Profe, for taking the time…” —Danny
Today I got to return to teaching English at Casa Bernabe; a ministry to children who have been orphaned, abandoned, or abused. All last week I had been sick, and laid up in bed. The week before last was my first week teaching in the Christian school. It was an amazing week. While I had only been teaching for one week, on that Friday one of the older children, whom we shall call Danny, approached me after class. He thanked me for teaching English and asked if he could walk with me as I was leaving the school. I, of course, was happy to oblige and we headed off toward the parking lot where my car awaited me.
Now, a little background on my mindset and focus at that time. I was feeling a bit discouraged and frustrated about how slowly things seem to be moving for Abogar to be fully established and present in Guatemala. I was feeling pressure, whether self-imposed or from outside sources, that I and Abogar need to have some immediate and visible outputs to ensure donors and supporters that their finances and prayers are going toward a good and effective cause. I was actually in a place of developing in my mind my last blog entry; In The Meantime… Loving and Serving Kids Well!
As Danny and I headed toward my car, we chatted, mostly in English, about things of life. As we approached my car, and Danny got ready to return to his home at at the ministry, he turned to me and said, “Thank you, Profe (nickname for Professor) for taking the time to chat with me. I have learned more English words this week than I knew before!” It was a highlight moment for me and, though I have been sick and haven’t yet had time to share it, I want to share it with you all right now! It was an immediate result of loving and serving the children of the ministry well, while waiting for Abogar to become more established and advanced in it’s outreach and ministry here in Guatemala! Thank God for the opportunity to teach, to love, to serve these kids here, and praise God that He is helping me to not despise nor miss the moments of time and opportunity for impact while waiting for more concentrated and visible results!