Dear Family and Friends:
The time is fast approaching for our August departure to our new home in La Tonquera, Nicaragua. In preparation for this departure, some things needed to happen, such as resigning from my job. We have been praying about this issue for a long time, and praying for the right time to bring it up.
Let me give you a little background information. I teach first grade Spanish Immersion (Spanish to non-Spanish speakers). I love what I do; I put a lot of effort into having the best program possible. Because of my love, passion and knowledge for teaching in an immersion setting, I was put into a leadership position in addition to teaching (at no extra pay). This year I have been in charge of not only teaching my first graders but also researching, planning and conducting the immersion staff developments, finding and making materials need for all of the immersion teachers, classroom/teacher observations and countless meetings. It has been a crazy busy year, but I love every minute of it.
Big changes are happening next year, and the most significant change will fall on me. Because of budget cuts, my usual small group of 15 first graders will be combined into a first and second-grade split classroom with a total of 39 students. Knowing that I was not going to be in Michigan teaching next year, my burden felt even greater; I needed to tell my principal that I was not going to be able to do that and that they need to come up with a different plan. Well, the day came when Dennis and I felt that we needed to let the school know of our plans for deployment to Nicaragua so they could plan accordingly. Here is how it happen. I was at the dentist and got an email from the assistant superintendent wanting to meet with me the next morning at 8 AM; I had a meeting also set up for that same morning with my principal at 7:50 AM. God scheduled these two meetings ten minutes apart with both individuals I needed to inform about our plans to serve Jesus in Nicaragua.
I was so nervous about these two meetings. I could not sleep the night before. That morning, I told my principal of my family’s plan; then I went directly to meet with the assistant superintendent of schools. I was still nervous about telling the assistant superintendent.
The conversation began something like this: “Dayana, I know that you have talked to Laurie (the principal) about teaching 39 students next year. How would you like a helper in the classroom or a salary of about 240% of your current salary?” Not only where they going to pay me the contractual amount for having so many students but they offered me an extra 40% on top of that. It was at this time that I had to tell him that I was not able to accept his very generous offer. Then, he said that plans needed to be changed because the only reason he had approved such a big class was with the condition that I would teach it. We had a pleasant conversation, and I even had the opportunity to witness to him.
After these two meetings, I felt such peace, as if a heavy weight had been lifted from my shoulders. We know life will be different in Tronquera; yet, there is no better place to be than where God wants you to be.
A close friend recently was reading the book Patriarchs and Prophets, by Ellen G. White, and sent us this quote because she thought it was applicable to us:
Many are still tested as was Abraham. They do not hear the voice of God speaking directly from the heavens, but He calls them by the teachings of His word and the events of His providence. They may be required to abandon a career that promises wealth and honor, to leave congenial and profitable associations and separate from kindred, to enter upon what appears to be only a path of self-denial, hardship, and sacrifice. God has a work for them to do; but a life of ease and the influence of friends and kindred would hinder the development of the very traits essential for its accomplishment. He calls them away from human influences and aid, and leads them to feel the need of His help, and to depend upon Him alone, that He may reveal Himself to them. Who is ready at the call of Providence to renounce cherished plans and familiar associations? Who will accept new duties and enter untried fields, doing God’s work with firm and willing heart, for Christ’s sake counting his losses gain? He who will do this has the faith of Abraham, and will share with him that “far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,” with which “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared.”
We appreciate your prayers and financial support. Please continue to pray for our LaTronquera team and for God’s blessing as we close up our lives here. For more frequent and timely updates, please follow us on Facebook at Mission La Tronquera and sign up for our e-Newsletter by emailing us at email@example.com or Dennis@flyawa.org.
The Kaboos Family