I am pleased to report that we have completed another successful mission in Nepal! Twenty-two teachers have been trained in Montessori methods in Ghorahi, Nepal. The community response was predictable.
- Three teachers left to return to school to study in Kathmandu, while seven new teachers have been hired.
- Enrollment in the school increased by 10% in literally a few months, as they see the value in having Montessori based education.
You paid for this training! By purchasing blankets, sound bowls and making cash contributions, we were able to send three payments to the training company over the last 6 months to pay for onsite facilitators to spend time in the classrooms; showing and helping the teachers make great environments for the kids to learn.
Sometimes, we don’t know how to make a difference, but we all want to. Many of us stop before start. There are three reasons for this hesitation that catch my attention.
- We wait for an audience….we need to feel that we are part of something for which the audience is big. We think that if we aren’t filling an auditorium or a coliseum, we aren’t impacting the world. I challenge you to take ownership of what makes up a meaningful audience. An audience of one deserves as much of us as an audience of thousands.
- We have great expectations on results. Keep in mind that Jesus picked 12 young men to minister to, and of those 12, one betrayed him, and a whole lot of them went back to fishing after he died…
- We wait to be asked.
Let me share a personal story. About half a year ago, I received a notification that someone had committed to a monthly recurring donation to the Nepal account of $100 a month. At first take, this amount seems small, but the story that follows will impact me the rest of my days. This giver is 19 years old and works a full time job while going to community college full-time. Neither his father nor his mother financially support him. Yet, he committed to $100 a month to help people that he has never met and perhaps never will. He decided to take the risk and give his money to make a difference.
Last week, we received a request from Nepal for money to expand the physical buildings that make up the school to support the 10% increase in attendance. On Sunday, the board approved an immediate $1000 investment. I told the 19-year-old that $500 of the $1000 that we are sending the Nepal came from his contributions. I told him his contribution will pay for the up-fit of two classrooms, and his gift will impact two teachers and about 50 students for literally generations to come. As he looks at me and said, “really?” I said, “yes.”
Moments later, after he left, I stepped outside, found a little piece of privacy and cried. You see, he touched not only Nepal but he touched me. Small gifts can add up, and they can change the world.
On Sunday, we had a board of directors meeting. A copy of those meeting notes can be found here.