When I tutored Japanese students, I was a task-master! Participation was mandatory, so students were always trying to get out early. But there was none of this "leaving early" business when I was the there to say something about it! No, tell me what these flashcards say! Show me your workbook!
今日、何を食べましたか？ [What did you eat today?]
一番好きな食べ物は何ですか？ [What's your favorite food?]
When I tutored information technology, I had to take a different approach. Here, my classmates were tense and confused, so I approached the material more gently^^ One step at a time is the name of that game. I tried to make myself available as many hours as possible and found grading to be a struggle. It was a challenge for them and for me.
If I gain such satisfaction from guiding students to learn knowledge, how much more would my joy be to guide students to find the life of Scripture!
At the summer Bible conference, the shepherds were told to strive to show the full extent of God's love to one student. This means putting forth effort to prepare notes, being patient in arranging meetings, sacrificing time to meet and pray for them, and being sincere in kindness. It may seem like that is a lot of work, but a single student is precious. A single man fathered a great nation through which the whole earth was blessed.
If it is God's will, I want to become a 1-to-1 Bible teacher.
I still can't help wondering, though, what about the job in PA for which I applied several months ago? Also, where would I live in Washington to continue participation in the ministry? And how would I find a job and transportation to pay the rent? While the hope is so pure and exciting, I don't yet know if this is my path. I continue to pray that God's will, not mind be done. And along with it, I pray for courage to bear His Will for me. If He walks with me, who can fell me? No Goliath can stand against the hand of God.
As we learned at Buckit Week - Pray for open doors!
God is faithful.