I keep trying to bear in mind why I’m here. To teach English, that’s the first-level answer, and not a bad one. That is why I came here, and what I’m doing. But then I can ask again: so why did I come here to teach English? This whole idea is supposed to be for God and for the Russian people – so how does teaching fulfill that?
Of course there is the hope that I may be able to witness to students or others with whom I build that significant a relationship. But those opportunities will not be frequent, and only God knows what will come of them. Whence, then, will come...Read more
Right now, I am in a place I call “home.” It is in Russia. I live here. I know some of the bus routes and a few of the landmarks, and I take this place to be my home area, my environs, for this first stage of life out of university.
Right now, I am a teacher. I never sit in class, I choose the topics and plan the lessons and control all the discussions and give and collect and grade homework and wear a tie and write on the whiteboard and almost forget that I was a student, like, five months ago.
Right now, I am working for God. I’m working through a Christian organization for the ultimate...Read more