Lately I´m learning that, while teaching is lots of work, some days it is very rewarding. Last week it was so pleasing to walk around the room and hear kids say, "This is so cool!" as they observed different salt crystals under microscopes. I also had my kids do presentations where they dressed up and pretended to be scientists- the creative students had a moment to shine. Lastly, in my physics class we are learning about light and color- the kids loved splitting light with prisms and learning about what causes color. We tried to make connections between the physical properties of light and what the Bible tells us about light- light is good (Genesis 1:4), God is light (1 John 1:5), and Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12). How can what we know about photons help us to think about Jesus´ characteristics from a new perspective? When God created light, doesn´t this simply mean he started vibrations of electrons? One advantage of working in a Christian school is that you can challenge students to think critically about the way that their faith and intellectual knowledge complement each other.
I´ve been keeping busy outside of school, too. Last weekend I got to go hiking to a waterfall in a cloud forest outside the city. God has blessed us with such beauty and purity in creation. Also, a new thing this month is that I found a ballet studio in Bogota, so I´ve taken a few classes there. And I´m getting to know more people at my church here; we´ve even started an English club to help some friends that want to practice. One friend from church is a doctor, and her goal is to better her English so she can serve on a hospital boat in Africa (Mercy Ships). Her heart of service is very encouraging to me.