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".