First, it is growing..sometimes we have close to 60 students, my first year (four years ago) it probably averaged about 30. And either they have gotten quieter at dinner or I don’t notice the noise anymore.:)
Last night, it was Pat Wright’s week to prepare dinner (fourth Wednesday is hers)…it was wonderful and healthy…Some kind of homemade chicken noodle mixture, mixed veggies of all sorts, salad with greens and strawberries and clementines (which many of the students had for the first time).
Our lesson last night was about Unity in Christ and the things that cause division with special emphasis on how we can be more united at Calvin House. Our overall curriculum for this year has been studying the 13 books that Paul wrote using an urban type curriculum written by a Christian rapper. It has been thought-provoking and deep!
We played a game which was pretty much an object lesson about unity, sang a song led by one of the leaders, Mr. Granger, had a lesson intro, a prayer and then dismissed to family groups. I love my family group! There are usually about 9 or 10 and they have been so great this year about listening, participating and having great discussions. Some have been in
that group for the four years I have been teaching it and I have grown to love them. Lindsay Jenkins is my co-teacher now since Mr. Kyle has babysitting duties. She is working on her doctorate at Vanderbilt in transportation engineering and a wonderful Christian young woman. We are lucky to have her there!
We held hands and had a prayer at the end and everyone with the exception of one student was able to pray at least one sentence out loud. This shows tremendous growth in the students. Hopefully we can move up to two sentences soon!
**Editor’s Note: Donna Moffitt is a long-time PTM volunteer. She was awarded the Hal Wilson Award in 2011 for her outstanding volunteer support of PTM. She is pictured above with Nashauna.