May 31st I am driving off toward Indy for Induction, Institute, and Orientation before coming back to finish packing and officially leave toward the end of July. The reactions that people have given me (after a short explanation of Teach for America and going to Indy) are, to say the least, extremely diverse. It’s interesting that some people ask “inner city, are you sure?” while some are overly excited. For all those wondering what my own response is…. I am excited but anxious to find out exactly what school/grade/subject I’ll be placed in. I know what I’m getting myself into, but I have no idea what I’m getting myself into – and I love that.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.”
-Jesus, John 15:16
“Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
I want to squish these three amazing points into one giant super-synthesized quote, but I can’t. I’m only me. So, for anyone who is wondering why I am going to Indianapolis, Indiana to teach with Teach for America… I cannot not go. I hope that answer will suffice for now.
It is estimated that only half of children growing up in poverty in the United States will graduate from high school. Of those graduates, on average they will perform on an eighth-grade level.
I’ve chewed on statistics like that enough to spit them out and want to go wrestle them myself. I am following God’s call through Teach for America to teach in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In the Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, he says something to the effect of:
~*~Is it fair to ask God why there is injustice in the world? After all, WE are his hands and feet…~*~
So, why Teach for America and why Indy?
My question is–> Why not?
That’s where I know I’m supposed to be, that’s where I am going, and that is where I want to be. It’s time to kick some educational inequality in the tail feather (and pray like crazy to have a servant-like heart and the joy of the Lord as my strength in the meantime)!