Sunday, August 06, 2006

almost there...

today i sit at my desk with a mix of confidence and fear. the syllabi are copied, the lesson plans are written, the class lists are in the book, the desks are neatly arranged. now all that's left to do is this actual thing called teaching.

the class i'm most excited about is the 9th grade geography class... the only one i specifically asked for. "geography???? that is the most boring class ever!" many of you are saying...

well. that's true. though, i have to admit, i have always found geography fascinating- i still have the books i asked for for christmases in elementary school on u.s. and world geography. but even as a child, my interest in it was not for the map alone...

to me, the christian should be MOST interested in geography, for it is not about places on a map, it is about the people throughout the world who need to hear about Christ. it is about our brothers and sisters in persecuted countries, suffering for their faith under a regime that disallows it. it is about the community of believers, the body of Christ, the spreading of the gospel, and ultimately, the glory of God.

my main source for the missions emphasis of the geography class will be Operation World. if you don't have it, it's worth the buy. it is an incredible book compiled by Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk- it is a catalog of EVERY country in the world, including not only the geographical facts, but also what is taking place in missions, specific prayer requests for that country, and challenges to the faith.

as the semester goes along, i hope to post some of the things we discuss in class- feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section (i just set it up so that you don't have to have a blogger identity to comment).

"Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples...
great is the LORD and most worthy of praise!"

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! What a week for you! And how has your first week gone? I recall my first year of teaching having some high highs and also a fewlow lows. Teaching is a great profession and each day is a fresh start for ya! I'm glad you have a new career to jump into...but could any church office be quite like KCBC? I think not. We miss you. :) -RV

slick said...

If you want the kids to really learn, focus on Ohio. . .especially Cleveland. It is the land of the best and the brightest!

Good to hear about your life. Also, thanks for not including a picture of the pastor at that 70's party, he could of gotten fired.

chow

Jesse Gardner said...

Rumor has it you're just as fierce a teacher as your hubby... ;)