Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gearing Up for Arizona

As I look at the calendar, I see that my trip to Arizona to work on an Apache Indian Reservation is quickly approaching (only 10 days away)! The trip will be long, but I have no doubts that it will be worth it.

I will have the opportunity not only speak the Word of God to these people, but also get to know them and more about their culture. God makes everyone different and I am eagerly anticipating meeting these youth and interacting with them.

I have no doubts that God will work through me and in me on this trip. I'm sure he will also give me quite a bit to think about along the lines of diversity in my future classroom. As a wonderful teacher once told me, "you can't assume all people are the same, just because they have the label [of Latino, Asian, Native American] it does not mean each child fits the stereotype. In fact, most won't". Pondering this thought further I wonder what other countries see as the "typical American". I'm sure no person fits that stereotype perfectly-especially not me. One thing I try to constantly keep in mind is that each person is different. God made us that way, and we should embrace those differences rather than hide them away in an attempt to be the "typical American".


  1. This is great Brandi! This is the first backdrop I used when I first started my blog.

  2. You are so sweet! Thank you for the encouraging comment you left on my blog. You are going to love student teaching. It is the most amazing and most difficult semester you have ever faced in college. You will get tired, you will want to scream and cry, but the kids will love you, and they will learn from you. You might even influence a few teachers, too. :)
    I am excited for you as you go on this mission trip! I know you are going to learn so much and shine your light to everyone you meet. I'll be praying for you!
    I plan to keep writing stories (gotta get that job first). You need to do the same!! :) I look forward to reading more about your experiences. Have a wonderful week!!


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