Well friends the first couple of days of school have come and gone and … WOW!!! Thankful for the journey that God has brought us through and He is continuing to grow us into His image more and more. Let’s start from the first official day of school.
The day started with the ES (Elementary School) students in the upper gym. Thank goodness there’s air conditioning. Parents were every where … swarming the kids and it seemed like the paparazzi was there!! Parents taking pictures after pictures, angle after angle. It was crazy!! I have never seen nor experienced anything like this in my life!
After the kids were settled, we had a time of worship … sang a couple of songs. That was sweet!! Once we were done, the parents were asked to make way so that kids / classes could leave the gym. It was like the Red Sea was divided …. again … haha!!
School in Hong Kong is quite different. There’s an expectation from parents and students to excel, be successful, to be the top, number one. Because of this, there is a high level of stress, on our students. If you know me, seen me teach, I’m completely the opposite! One of my new colleagues and friend said, “he’s the most chill teacher on staff.” Haha!!
My class is great! Love the kids already!! Some are eager, others are focused, and the rest seem to be high energy, but lots of fun!! I did do some teaching with them yesterday and today and find that they work at an incredible pace. I asked them to read … they cheered and read 1/2 hour without any issues. Instructed my class to write the definitions to a couple of words (one was schema) and they did so without hesitation. Doing a writing piece about their summer vacation, one student asked “will I be graded on this?” On the same piece of writing, one of my girls wrote so well, with much descriptive words, clarity and organization … I was like “and this is only the second day of school.”
As a teacher, I’m definitely on my “A Game.” No choice and no complaints! It’s super refreshing. Thankful for my experience at NGP which has prepared me for this.
The best part though … being able to teach Bible. I start everyday with Morning Devotions. Decided to start the year by going through Philippians and teaching my class how to do an Inductive Bible Study. This morning, we went through Chapter 2:1-16, highlighting every time they saw Christ, God, Jesus, Savior, etc. in those verses. What a sweet time to be able to open God’s word each day!!
Friends, Hong Kong is where we are meant to be. We are thankful how God has continued to demonstrate His faithfulness. His provision and love for us. We are praying for big things … Why? Because we serve a big God!!
If some of you who are reading this and pondering what the Lord is asking you to do: one word of advice, Obedience. Obey Christ. Follow Him wherever He may be leading you. One thing we know for sure. If we had stayed in Canada, we would have missed out on everything that God has done in our lives during the last 3 weeks here in Hong Kong.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Don’t miss out friends.
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You are loved!