In May, J and I met with Dan and Jo Blacketor at Uptown Kitchen to talk about how we could become involved with the works of The Rhema Project. There is a disturbing practice in India involving female infanticide and the marginalization of women. What’s going on over there is so mind-boggling that I often don’t have the capacity to understand it. The Rhema Project is actively fighting for the lives of girls in India and J and I are so proud to be a part of that fight.
At the beginning of the summer, I (along with two other teachers, Jess and Kelly) started meeting with the fabulous Jo Blacketor to develop a curriculum for a pen pal program between American students and Indian students at the Bethel Foundation and the children from the surrounding 17 villages that do not get to go to school. The basic educational precipice for the program allows students from India who are practicing English engage with American students who are practicing writing skills. We figured that this program would be motivating for all students because their letters would have an audience half way around the world instead of their boring ol’ teacher (aka – me). These ideas are still in their infancy (letters haven’t even been sent!), but are driven with passion and prayerful preparation. The heart of this project is to not only benefit from educational aspect of writing skills, but also realize that there’s a huge world out there and that other people matter.