Sunday, July 20, 2008

Feed My Starving Children

This week our small group did a service project at Feed My Starving Children. I took my students for a "field trip" earlier this year, and David went with the church staff a couple of months ago, but we hadn't been together yet. We had a great turn out from the group. Almost everyone was able to make it. Here's a picture of our group. We were pretty proud of our pyramid...

Basically, at FMSC, they have about 8 stations set up where teams of people work together to mix and package bags of food to send to starving children around the world. Each bag gets one scoop of vegetarian chicken flavoring packed with all the essential vitamins, one heaping scoop of dehydrated vegetables, one cup of soy, and one cup of rice. Then each bag is weighed, sealed, and packed in a box. Each box holds 36 bags (each bag provides 6 meals) and our group was able to pack 20 boxes in the hour and a half that we worked.

We had a fun night together, and it's always really satisfying at the end of the night when they tell you how many children you helped feed for a year. They always cook a sample bag of food for the workers to taste when they've finished. It's not bad. Basically.... it tastes like chicken.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Big disappointment...

I lost my job yesterday.

My administrator called me in to talk about a change in teaching assignment. The bad news was that due to low enrollment they had to cut my section of 4th grade for the coming year. The "good news" was that they had an 8th grade Bible class available for me to teach. If you know me at all, that was not good news. I've never been interested in teaching middle school. In fact, I've always avoided it like the plague. To top it off, this pastor's daughter never did very well in her college Bible courses. I believe I got C's, in fact. If I accepted that position, I would regret it every day of the week. So I declined. He seemed to be shocked. For some reason he thought that would be good news for me. I can't fathom why. I have no training whatsoever for that position.

So I am now unemployed and waiting for God to reveal why in the world losing my job is part of the plan.