Friday, July 28, 2017

Schäfersee

Today I went for a walk around a lake. It reminded me of Round Lake in Camas, Washington, USA... But it was Schäfersee here in Berlin, Germany. (Thanks to God for giving me a green space here too!)

If this rises the question, "What's Sarah doing in Germany?", do ask me for my last newsletter! However, the short answer is that I'm traveling a bit, visiting friends, with the goal of seeing what God has next for me. Specifically, I'm looking into how God can use my art in missions.

I'll be in Germany for all of August. Next week I'll go to the southwest, near the Rhine River, for a Christian artists conference. Otherwise I'll be in Berlin with my friends who do street ministry here. They use visual art and music in their ministry, so I'm excited to see, participate, and learn!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ratios!

 Most of the math I taught this semester was concepts that I use everyday... telling time, measuring liquids, multiplying, adding... But sixth grade math was a different story! Algebraic equations, multiplying fractions, story problems with rate... and ratios. Those concepts are not often on my mind.

So, it was fun and heartening when, a few weeks after closing LVLC for the semester, I had a project that required everything I know about ratios, thanks to teaching my grade six students! I had to make posters that fit perfectly into a unique shape on the walls of a conference room (for our branch retreat in Dar es Salaam). All I had was a photo of the wall, graph paper, the measurements of my poster board, and my fresh understanding of ratios.

I put it all together, and this is what I got (x6 posters)!!



Thursday, June 22, 2017

You Know You've Done Your Job When...

Wednesday I taught some of my students how to tie dye. Yesterday I got a WhatsApp photo of a gallivanting hippie. On the normal school day this student is respectful, focused, and calm... But when she puts on her tie dye... Oh dear. Earlier in the semester I got a photo of another student. She'd turned into a mermaid! Finally, a treasured gift, my hippie student drew this picture of the two of us. 💗 The drawing skills! The capturing of our appearances and personalities! The mermaid appreciation!! My work is complete.






Sunday, June 11, 2017

Finishing Up

It's the end of the semester... and the end of the American school year. We don't take testing to quite the extreme one sees in the States these days, but we do like a little outside input on our teaching. The students do an online version of the California Achievement Test, which is widely used by home school families. And it's fun to say you're taking the CAT test! The kids were very focused, youngest and oldest pictured here, and did very well.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

All the Way Home

Quite often I have an escort on the last leg of my walk home. The neighbor kids think it's fun to greet me, hold my hands, and follow me to my gate. They're cute, so usually that's fun. But sometimes it seems excessive because we don't really know each other, especially if they ask themselves in or tease our dogs.

So this day I decided on a consolation prize to keep my sense of humor: a photo of the parade! That's the challenge with cultural differences. When behaviors clash with one's sense of appropriate, you tell yourself that there are lots of ways to do things and yours isn't the "right" way and it's fun to try new things. And you laugh:)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Talking Toes

We're finishing up the semester, including our study of African geography. One interesting fact: some people groups in western Africa used toe puppets to free their hands to play instruments during story telling!

My oldest student took the teaching role for a toe puppet craft lesson last week. We walked through the lesson plan together: objectives, attention getter, directions, etc... Then she gathered and set up all the supplies, taught the lesson, and here you see the results!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Be Still

Sometimes, especially if I haven't slept well for awhile or if I have a cold, my thoughts can get dark and messy. I'm drawn to not only negative thoughts, but untrue thoughts. God's been teaching me to "be still and know that He is God." Ps. 46:10

Sometimes "be still" means I actually slow down, lie in a hammock, or sit and watch the sunset. Sometimes it means I push away thoughts that race around and overwhelm. And, with the Spirit's help, I "know that He is God"; I focus on true things about His character, or my place as His child in Christ, or just about how pretty He made the sky and things I'm thankful for. A dark day can turn bright and exciting. I'm so thankful for His teaching!