Since we have been living in Spain, one of my main responsibilities has been to help run and teach English to about 80-90 children in Mijas. We have wrapped up our final week of classes, and I am pleased to say we had a successful year.
Mijas is a small, traditional town, and it can be difficult to truly be a part of the community as a foreigner. As English teachers, and G42 as a whole, we are determined to show them that our love for their community, and our dedication to doing things excellently far outweighs our cultural differences. When Bec Hearn started the school four years ago, she started with one student, which turned into four, which turned into ten, which has now grown into more than 80 students each week. God has used our English classes to help build a bridge between us and the town of Mijas, and at the same time given me the opportunity to do what I love to do: teach.
The last two Sundays I was invited to go to the local Catholic church to be a part of some of my students First Communion. Many of them were surprised to see me there, but were quick to wave, or run up and give me a hug, even in the middle of the service. I loved being a part of their lives outside the classroom, and to show my support for something that is so special in their culture and religion. I realized how much I love being their English teacher, and what joy I get from seeing those little faces every day. I also realized that over the past year and a half, I have become a part of their lives, just like they have become a part of mine.
Our English classes have never been about verbally sharing God’s love, but it has always been about showing God’s love through our hard work, actions, and character. We want them to feel God’s presence every time they walk through the doors, and know that they are in a safe place to be themselves and have fun.
It has been a process, but we are beginning to see our consistency and faithfulness pay off. We now have parents who have become friends, and students who are excited to return to classes next year. We look forward to our summer group starting in July, as well as our growing group for next year!
*Photos were taken by Whitney Gorbett at our end of the year ‘A Bug’s Life’ party.