As of last Friday, our tutoring program was put on hold indefinitely and it felt like everything was going wrong. We arrived on Monday to a message from La California saying that they might be willing to let the kids participate if we completely changed the schedule: we would have to have them back in the school by 3:00 pm…which was our original start time. So after a lot of creativity and throwing ideals out the window, we agreed. Let’s do it (two days from now)! However, we ran into another snag. Our original transportation plan would no longer work with the new schedule. Although we were ready to make the new time work, we didn’t know how we were going to get the kids to our school. More problem solving. As we left school at 2:20 pm yesterday (Tuesday), we were told we should be prepared to receive the kids at 1:30 pm today.
So, we went home with a huge to do list. Not only did we have to prepare to teach our normal classes for today, but today also happened to be the day that we were asked to do high school chapel, AND we had to prepare a tutoring program for the afternoon. We were stressed. We were really stressed.
We got to school after a night of preparation and were still kind of wondering how we were going to make all of this work. After teaching for 4 hours, it was time for high school chapel. It went well and I was able to see from the front some students who seemed to be really intrigued and encouraged by what we were saying. (We expanded our devotional on light that we’d done for the staff.) I honestly was dreading the devo and walked up to the high school thinking, “Why in the world did I agree to do this? I hate talking in front of people, yet alone a whole high school!” But while we were up there, I really began to get excited and realize the power and responsibility that we have to shape lives. So even though I probably won’t be offering to take on the rest of the chapels for the year, it was a good experience and a growing experience…for me, and I hope for the kids.
We finished out our classes for the day and quickly prepared to receive the La California kids. We really were expecting the worst. We had such little time to prepare and had no time to talk about the plan with the 10th graders from our school who were helping. It actually went so well! The kids were excited to come and we did a quick English lesson, had a game, practiced Math skills, heard a Bible Story, and sent them on their way with a sack lunch. It was definitely a little more rushed than we’d hoped, but sometimes you just have to roll with it. We knew that the only way we could interact with these kids was to agree to their school’s schedule and rush it and it was totally worth it. At the end of our time together, one of the little boys came up to me and asked what he had to do to be able to come to our school. It was a real “choque” for me…that’s really the only word I can think of. I guess it would translate into “It hit me really hard.” And the biggest thing wasn’t that he wanted to come. He didn’t say. “I wish I could come here.” He said, “What do I have to do to be able to come here?” He believes that there are steps he can take to change his life. Praise God! His life can change, and maybe it won’t be through our school, but it is so important that he recognizes that he has to power to change his circumstances. And even more important for him to realize that God has the power to change his circumstances.
I won’t lie. I’m exhausted. It’s taking every ounce of energy I have to write out these sentences in a hopefully somewhat logical manner. But I wanted you all to know, we made it through our crazy day! It was a stressful day, but it was a great day.