I have the opportunity to teach first graders their shapes and colors with two other Calvin students this week. I have been blessed more than I can express.
These students act just like students in American first grade. They wiggle in their seats, shout out questions, and laugh with their friends. Some are very shy and others very rambunctious. They are all excited to see us. Their teacher told us that this is their first real interaction with Westerners. What a privilege for us!
There are a few students who stick out to me; they are extremely precocious. When I look at them I wonder what their future holds. Will they have to drop out of school to help their family make money? Will they help Cambodia prosper and advocate for their people and country? I want more than anything for these children to be able to use their gifts that are already very evident. As I was reflecting on the students and my hope for their future, Jeremiah 29:11 came to mind:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
There is a plan for all of these children! There is hope for these children: there is hope for this country. My prayer this week is that God might work through the children of Cambodia to bring hope and a future of prosperity.