19 February, 2011

Eclectic skills useful on the mission field

The Missionary label is a wide umbrella. My personality also seems to lend itself to a wide variety of interests and responsibilities. This week I've found my fingers in in many pies - editing, writing, desktop publishing, Occupational Therapy consultation, leading a prayer meeting and attending a diaspora meeting. 

Today I am teaching cross-stitching and card-making to some grade 5/6 girls.

CAJ has a department that supports families who are homeschooling (also a few small English-language schools). Through the year they run various events to support these families and students. Their biggest event is today - Arts and Skills day. A day when the students come to CAJ and have the opportunity to learn a skill they might not otherwise come in contact with. Including classes like woodwork, karate to friendship bracelet making and acting. My husband is taking a science class - especially using lab equipment that most homeschooling families wouldn't have access to. It is always a popular class (this is the fifth time he's done this).

I'm making this cute card with eight girls:

It really is quite simple. It took me under an hour to make. I have two hours to help them create it. Mind you it wasn't easy to come up with a beginners' craft with cross-stitch that will hopefully allow them a nice take-home project.

I'm a tiny bit nervous, but mostly excited. It is really special to be able to help out by using a hobby I mostly use for my own relaxation.

4 comments:

Karen said...

Hope it went well. It looks good!

KarenKTeachCamb said...

Sounds and looks like fun! Hope everyone concerned had fun, including the teacher, and the girls' results are just a beautiful as yours.

venzy said...

Can't remember if I ever shared - I used to be a keen cross-stitcher in school. Not a very masculine passtime I'll admit :)
A great idea.

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing, Venzy. Not very masculine maybe, but I've heard of wrestlers who love to crochet!