062412 christian vocation & mission iv teaching - moey yoke lai
Christian Vocation & Mission IV : Teaching Whispering Hope MC 24 June 2012
WHAT TEACHERS MAKEThe dinner guests were sitting around the table discussinglife.One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem witheducation. He argued, “Whats a kid going to learn fromsomeone who decided his best option in life was to becomea teacher?”He reminded the other dinner guests what they say aboutteachers:Those who can, do. Those who cant, teach.‘To stress his point he said to another guest;“Youre a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest.What do you make?”
Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and Franknessreplied, “You want to know what I make?”(She paused for a second, then began...)“Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought theycould.I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor.I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when theirparents cant make them sit for 5 without an I Pod, GameCube or movie rental.You want to know what I make?”(She paused again and looked at each and every person atthe table.)
I make kids wonder.I make them question.I make them apologize and mean it.I make them have respect and take responsibility for theiractions.I teach them to write and then I make them write.Keyboarding isnt everything.I make them read, read, read.I make them show all their work in math. They use their Godgiven brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everythingthey need to know in English while preserving their uniquecultural identity.I make my classroom a place where all my students feelsafe.I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heartto say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One NationUnder God, because we live in the United States of America.Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts theywere given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they cansucceed in life.”
(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)“Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with meknowing money isnt everything, I can hold my head up highand pay no attention because they are ignorant...You want to know what I make?I MAKE A DIFFERENCE .What do you make Mr. CEO?”His jaw dropped, he went silent.
What is happening in our schools today?• Examania• Youth assault• Teenage pregnancies• Baby dumping• Striving without significance
What is Jesus saying to us?Matthew 9:35-38 (Todays New International Version)35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."
God’s View vs Society’s ViewSociety says teachers are at the bottom of the scale in status & prestige.God says teachers rank at the top of the scale. He sent his Son to be a teacher.
What is God saying to us?Matthew 9:35-38 (Todays New International Version)35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their schools, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the teachers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out teachers into his harvest field."
Age 0-4 5–9 10 – 14 15 – 19 Total (mil) (mil) (mil) (mil) (mil)Year2009 2.43 2.56 2.72 2.65 10.362010 2.45 2.49 2.74 2.67 10.35 Total Pop end 2010 28.4mil Estimates based on adjusted 2000 Population & Housing Census
There are many positions of authority where you can make others behave in a certain way. But there are only twowhere you can actually influence people to want to do the right thing: being a parent and being a teacher. If you do it right, the way you live your life will influence your students to want to do the right thing - without even realizing it .
Ripples of Influence6 classes x 30 A teacher comes into contact= 180 students with 6,300 young lives in a teaching lifetime. If each of those individuals were to35 years x 180 influence just 200 more, the= 6300 students number rises to ain a lifetime staggering 1.26 million. And the ripples go on, to the edge of eternity.
Romans 10:13-15 (Todays New International Version)13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
SMK Marudi* 250 students in his school CF – Kayan, Kenyah, Lumbawang, Kelabit, Penan, Iban, Berawan, Kiput, Chinese etc Total : 13 different tribes/races!• Meet daily from 6.00 – 6.35 pm in the school
Sun – Worship & testimoniesMon – Scripture MemoryTue – Sharing of the WordWed – Pray with a prayer partnerThur – Praise & worshipFri – Group prayerSat – Learn new songs
Passion of Christ 50 50received students Christ baptised
2 months later God moving inPolice thanked wonders & his pastor miracles in school
HOW HAS SCF HELPED THE HOSTELITES?• Helps them grow in their walk with God• Gives opportunities to learn how to pray, lead praise & worship• When they go back to their churches in the interiors they are able to help lead
Why challenge our youthsto take up teaching as a vocation and mission?
TEACHING AS A VOCATION & MISSION• Unanimous resolution made at a joint Malayan Christian Schools Council and Christian Federation of Malaysia symposium on the Future of Mission Schools on 28 Oct 2000 “...to strongly urge all churches to encourage parents and young people to view teaching as a vocation and mission...”
Mission Schools• 1930 – 50 Methodist primary & secondary schools in Sibu, Sarawak• 2010 – only 6 Methodist schools left• Can it happen to other mission schools that are left today?• BBGS• What can we do today to avoid this?• Today, more than 400 mission schools left in the whole nation
Serious implications• Few/no teacher advisors of school Christian fellowship groups (SCF)• Few/no Christian teachers who are senior enough to be nominated and appointed to be principals especially in mission schools
Urgent Prayer Needed• TCF is in crisis!• The average age of TCF members is 45!• Only 5% are below 30 years old
Christians in Teaching• 30 Aug 2009, Dr Denison Jayasooria in his message on ‘Nation Building’ said“ For impact, there must be a sizeable number of Christians in the civil service. He quoted 10-15% of Christian presence”
• 15 % in the teaching profession• 40,000 Christian teachers in Malaysia
The 20-year target• Can we have 40,000 Christian teachers in Malaysia in 20 years’ time?• 2000 entering teaching each year!
Fear Factors• ‘low pay’• fear rural posting – sent to schools in the ulu areas• cannot meet future spouse, will be a single forever!
The Truth is, Teaching is now...no longer a last choice profession but a profession of top choice Why?
Bachelor of Teaching Degree 2008 intake• No. of applicants = 80,000• No. of intake = 6,000 (7.5%)• Trainees are given RM 430 in monthly allowance
KPLI- Kursus Perguruan Lepasan Ijazah• Those who have a basic university degree and come for a one-year programme2008 intakeNo. of applicants = 100,000No. of intake = 5000 (5%)This group gets a monthly allowance of RM1600
Are teachers ‘poor’?Fresh graduates – DG 41• Starting pay = RM 1700• Housing = RM 250• Entertainment = RM 300• COLA = RM 100-300 TOTAL = RM 2350-2550
SENIOR TEACHER - DG 48• Basic (Max) = RM 5800-6300• Housing = RM 700• Entertainment =RM 550• COLA = RM 100-300 TOTAL = RM7150- 7850
Other benefits• Medical benefits – for life for teacher, spouse and immediate family members• Retirement –pension for life for the teacher and spouse if he/she were to die first
What Can We Do Now?• Methodist College Kuala Lumpur aims to begin a Diploma in Teaching programme next year.• Private schools are springing up – they need trained teachers• Victoria University of Wellington – RM20,000 – Can the church sponsor?
Teachers* Can we be good role models in schools that our students want to emulate us and pay us the highest compliment by saying“ Cikgu, I want to be a teacher one day – just like you!”* Can we not discourage our students – especially the top scorers from entering teaching?
Youth pastors & church leadersCan we challenge our youths including the brightest and the best from our congregations to take up teaching?Can we ask them to see themselves as“youth workers/youth pastors” in schools?
ParentsIf the Lord wants your children to serveHim as teachers, will you release themto go into teaching?
The final challenge• In Isaiah 6:8, Isaiah heard God asking, “ Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”• Will our response be like Isaiah? “Here Am I. Send me!” “Send my son. Send my daughter”.
Know therefore that the LORDyour God is God;he is the faithfulGod, keeping hiscovenant of love to a thousand generations ofthose who lovehim and keep hiscommandments . Deut. 7:9
Here I am, LordI, the Lord of sea and sky Here I am, LordI have heard my people cryAll who dwell in dark and Is it I, Lord? sin I have heard YouMy hand will save calling in the nightI, who make the stars of I will go, Lord night If You lead meI will make their darkness bright I will hold Your peopleI will speak my Word to in my heart themWhom shall I send?
Here I am, LordI, the Lord of snow and rainI have borne my people’s Here I am, Lord pain Is it I, Lord?I have wept for love of them I have heard You They turn awayI will break their hearts of calling in the night stone I will go, LordGive them hearts for love alone If You lead meI will speak my Word to I will hold Your people them in my heartWhom shall I send?
Here I am, LordI, the Lord of wind and flame Here I am, LordI will tend the poor and Is it I, Lord? lameI will set a feast for them - I have heard YouMy hand will save calling in the nightFinest bread I will provide I will go, LordTill their hearts are satisfied If You lead meI will give my life to them I will hold Your peopleWhom shall I send? in my heart
The world is yet to see what God can dowith the life of one man or one woman who will give himself or herself unconditionally to Him to do as He wills.