By MORIAH PATERSON

VCHS grad

I thank God everyday for my time in India and the wonderful memories I was able to make. For instance, it is not everyday that one has the opportunity to teach Indian children who were rescued from a leper colony.

While we were in Sparsh, helping out at a children’s home, my team became the school teachers for the three weeks we were there. Grant it, upon arrival we were informed we would be teaching. We thought, “Oh, O.K. A class here or there, probably art classes.” Little did we know we were actually teaching math, science and English. We arrived at the home expecting to just have them continue in their books. To my discovery, the group I was teaching did not have actual books. They had workbooks that were used, and most of the time they had already finished. Nonetheless, the kids insisted with big smiles to have tests and homework. I knew I was in a different culture, but what child asks for a test and homework?

Even though there was a deficiency of teaching materials, I was able to teach them new things. It was time to be creative. As we did interactive learning games the laughter of the children grew! They absolutely loved spelling games, the math version of “around the world” and hands-on science lessons. (I became very grateful for all the teachers I had growing up, because God helped me teach through those memories.) When it came time to do written work, the kids faces were filled with expressions of determination and enthusiasm. They put all they had into every piece of school work. As I would help them understand the water cycle, it was thrilling for me to see the light bulb inside of them go on when the finally got it. The whole trip was worth their education for those three weeks. It was an indescribable feeling of joy to teach those kids and to see them excited for learning. They always, always asked for more!

After having the hands-on experience of teaching in another country, especially in a children’s home, the passion to teach overseas has been burning within me. My heart grows to see those kids achieve their dreams of becoming a doctor or a teacher. Despite the hardships, it is worth it for the sake of the children.

Thank you again for all of your prayers and support.

P.S. I am excited to inform you my team and I will be at the Tower of Refuge Church of God March 4 at 10 a.m. We will be sharing stories from children at risk in Mexico, Ethiopia, India, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and the U.S. These are stories from children who suffer from AIDS/HIV, street kids, orphans, and the individuals who left a print on our hearts. I invite you to come and hear their stories as we be the voice for the voiceless, and find out what you can do to make an impact on their lives.

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