“I was the dumbest kid in the class. I could not learn like the other students. I had less than a handful of teachers that took a special interest in me. Those few tried to help me when they could. I wanted to be a teacher so that I could take a special interest in all of my students and show them their areas of strength. I want to make the students who feel as I felt know that they have worth and intelligence. I want all of my students to know that ‘they can’ in whatever they encounter.” Lorrie Darce, Elementary Teacher, and member of The Crossroads
I believe teachers are very close to the heart of God. After all, one of the first things we see Jesus doing is teaching and investing his time in others. (Matthew 4:23). Jesus was never too busy to stop and listen to those who were “less than” in society’s eyes. Jesus called twelve ordinary men, mentored them, and taught them how to be disciples. Jesus saw through the false bravado, the insecurities, the fears, the doubt, and convinced these men that they could be world changers. The twelve disciples lived extraordinary lives, and accomplished extraordinary things – they changed the world – all because Jesus, the teacher, recognized their strengths, worth, and intelligence, and unleashed their potential.
At The Crossroads, teachers are close to our hearts as well. We understand the importance of teachers, and the responsibility they have in shaping the lives of those entrusted to their care. As a way of showing our appreciation for their labor of love for the children of Sauk Village, we provided a snack buffet for the teachers at Wagoner Elementary. Our buffet included fresh fruit, veggies, hummus, pretzels, multi-grain crackers, cheese cubes, salsa, tortilla chips, Elizabeth Martinez’ guacamole and Pastor Jenn’s cupcake topiary. Each teacher also received a Crossroads mug with a highlighter and note of appreciation. A simple way to show our appreciation, but I believe we touched the heart of God, and intersected lives with His love.
Thank you to Dorothy Hayes and Ruth Dykes for delivering the baskets, Clarita Riddle for preparing the gifts, and to Elizabeth & Pastor Jenn for the homemade goodies.