A conference for 200+ Salvadoran teachers

     Magdalena teaches math to elementary students and English to junior high and high school students. Our team is equipping her through conferences and a publication in Spanish with practical tools to better serve students and their families.  (Photo and caption via Global Outreach Developments International.)

Magdalena teaches math to elementary students and English to junior high and high school students. Our team is equipping her through conferences and a publication in Spanish with practical tools to better serve students and their families. (Photo and caption via Global Outreach Developments International.)

Our team of development workers with G.O.D. International facilitated a teacher’s conference for over 200 teachers from across the country of El Salvador. My husband, Rafael, was one of 7 delegates on this trip. He served by not only translating but also conducting a seminar on the importance of teacher’s sharing stories in the classroom.

Because of your support through Light Shine Candles, we were able to send Rafa, paying for his airfare and traveling expenses as well as make a donation $300 towards the cost of facilitating the conference, which was free for the Salvadoran teachers to attend. Your partnership truly makes a difference in helping us serve our neighbors who are very much in need. The resources otherwise available to these teachers are very limited. We believe that by equipping them, we are serving their students, their families and their communities.

To read more about the October teachers conference, check out these articles by 2 of our fellow team members on the G.O.D. International blog:

Influencing a Nation of Teachers by Betsy Johnson

Equipping Teachers to Empower Girls by Elise Gerard

As always, thank you for helping us do what we love. :)

If you would like more information in getting involved with equipping teachers in El Salvador or how to serve neighbors in your community, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at lightshinecandles@gmail.com.

 

"Can you teach my mom English?"

English classes are happening in Madison, TN thanks to campers from Camp Skillz who asked the camp staff if their parents could be taught.

If you read my last blog post, you know that Mr. Light Shine worked (again) this summer to provide a phenomenal camp experience to our under-served neighbors with Camp Skillz. In a totally unexpected turn of events, our family is blessed to be a part of providing English classes to the enthusiastic parents of these campers. To read more about these ELL (English Language Learner) classes, checkout the article over at Global Outreach Developments International.

 

 Mr. Light Shine serves as director for a program of English classes in Madison, TN for the parents of summer campers he counseled this summer. Our whole family is excited for this project and will be volunteering over the kids’ fall break.

Mr. Light Shine serves as director for a program of English classes in Madison, TN for the parents of summer campers he counseled this summer. Our whole family is excited for this project and will be volunteering over the kids’ fall break.

We are truly so excited for this opportunity to serve. Our oldest daughter, Sarieli, is anxiously waiting for fall break in just a couple weeks as we’ve promised that we’ll take the whole family to go help daddy and the team with these classes (the 7-9pm time-frame hasn’t let me get the kids out there yet). It’s moments like this when we can involve our kids in ministry that help them solidify the lessons they’ve been hearing. They know I’ve been making and sending baked goods to “daddy’s English classes” for the past month, but who eats them? And what do you mean they are our neighbors? And why do they want to learn English? These are wonderful conversations we have been having and I’m greatly anticipating the moment when our kids get to participate in the special moment that’s happening out in Madison every Tuesday night.

 

As always, thank you for helping us do what we love. :)

 

 

If you would like more information in getting involved with teaching English or how to serve neighbors in your community, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at lightshinecandles@gmail.com.

 

Photos courtesy of Global Outreach Developments International.

 

 

 

 

 

Changing communities with Camp Skillz this summer

 Mr. Light Shine (bottom left) with campers, coworkers and volunteers at Camp Skillz in Madison, TN. Rafa served as Site Director, coordinating edifying times of fun for children in need.

Mr. Light Shine (bottom left) with campers, coworkers and volunteers at Camp Skillz in Madison, TN. Rafa served as Site Director, coordinating edifying times of fun for children in need.

My husband, Rafael (AKA Mr. Light Shine), had the privilege of working as Site Director for Camp Skillz in Madison, TN this summer. This was the stuff of dreams — giving yourself every day to making your community better and being able to support your family. Camp Skillz is a program of Global Outreach Developments International that gives meaningful day camp experiences to poor and under-served families around Nashville. Rafa’s program site was located in a trailer home community just 10 minutes from our own home.

 I facilitated a 2 day candle making workshop for campers. Through this craftivity, we discussed the importance of diversity and that sharing words of gratitude with others is a way we can shine light in this world.

I facilitated a 2 day candle making workshop for campers. Through this craftivity, we discussed the importance of diversity and that sharing words of gratitude with others is a way we can shine light in this world.

 

Camp Skillz has been operating in 2 other locations in Old Hickory and Antioch for a number of years, but this was the first summer for the Madison location. While families were initially hesitant to enroll their children, the response at the end of the summer was overwhelmingly positive. Campers had fun with sports and games but also learned skills like bicycle maintenance and, of course, had a candle workshop from yours truly. Above all, every activity emphasized building character like patience, kindness, gratitude and appreciating diversity.

Our family is thrilled to have been a part of bringing such care to the neighbors in our community, especially at a time when so many would prefer building walls to building community.

To read more about Camp Skillz Madison from this summer, checkout this excellent article on the GOD Intl. blog.

Thank you for helping us do what we love. :)

 

If you would like more information in getting involved with Camp Skillz or how to serve neighbors in your community, don’t hesitate to drop me an email at lightshinecandles@gmail.com.

 

Bottom right photo courtesy of Global Outreach Developments International.