Teach Them to Think

This post is about teaching. Or rather, about my failings as a teacher. The regular school year is coming to a close here at HOPAC and students will be starting exams next week, so the last two weeks have been a flurry of revision, review, and exam preparation. The Cambridge International Examinations for English Literature…

Memories…

I’m sitting in a train from München to Venezia, across from a woman who resembles my maternal grandmother in shocking ways. The long straight nose, the pale blue eyes, the short permed hair, even the wrinkly skin and laugh lines. She’s wearing trousers and “stockings” (those awful nylon ones) with a cotton shirt, just like…

April Adventures

Because I love traveling and exploring new places, I was busy brainstorming travel ideas for spring break soon after Christmas. Initially, the chance to meet up with some former students and friends influenced my decision to wander through several European cities instead of visiting other parts of Africa or even Asia. The plan evolved into…

Praying Like Gideon

Late Friday night, I got a highly-secured e-mail telling me that I have been accepted into the Indiana University Ed.D. program in Language, Literacy, and Culture Education. I have no idea how I’m going to finance this, but I am excited. To say that this isn’t in itself an answer to prayer…would be intentional ignorance…

Karibuni Dar es Salaam

This past week, I had the cool opportunity to host a friend here in Dar es Salaam. Its not often that I get visitors all the way from the U.S., so I invested considerable thought into how to maximize her week so as to get the best possible introduction to this beautiful city I call…

Certain Uncertainty

In June, I am leaving Tanzania indefinitely. I’m moving back to Indiana to eventually (spring 2018) ride a bicycle across the U.S. with my parents. But more than that, I’m moving into a period of what I can only define as certain uncertainty. I really don’t have any idea what next year will look like….

Humans. Individuals. Friends.

Since the election of President Trump, political discussions seem increasingly frequent, with conversations swirling with ideologies, theories, -isms, and so much more. As a general rule, I just keep my mouth shut. Its safer. Living abroad has opened my mind and developed my perspective on so many issues. The intensive worldview training that my parents…

They Get It

Nothing makes a teacher’s heart happy like realizing his or her students “get it.” Yesterday, two of my grade twelve students came into the classroom mid-conversation. They were discussing the problem of gossip in their class, and coming up with ways to address it. Comments ranged from, “Talking negatively about people when they aren’t there…

Life is an Adventure

At least that’s what I like to think anyway. And its what’s written on the front of a very-cool bicycle-themed birthday card that my mom sent me this year (she knows me pretty well!). The thing about adventures is that they don’t always go quite as planned. I suppose that’s what makes them adventurous. Sunday…

Plugged In

On Monday morning, following Young Life camp, Ben Cook shared a summary of the weekend’s club talks with the entire HOPAC secondary school. He re-told how Micki used a lamp as an illustration, starting with the creation of the lamp and its design to be plugged in to a power source to be able to…

Young Life Camp 2017

I returned just three hours ago from The Highlands camp in Morogoro, where we took sixty-seven HOPAC high school students for the 2017 HOPAC Young Life Camp this weekend. Myself, three other full-time Young Life leaders, a program team from the Czech Republic and Poland, a speaker from Rwanda, nearly ten volunteer leaders, and a support…

Egal, es wird gut, sowieso

The words threaten to burst from my soul, Then the page stares back at me hollow and blank. And no words come. So many thoughts swirl around my mind Then the attempts to write leaves a vacuum And no words come. I turn the music up, try to drown out the waves of emotion Pen…