Not quite the president of the U.S., but around here one would think quite close to it. Rev Samuel Stephens is the president of the organization IGL to which I am now staying at. A couple of days before he returned from his trip in the U.S., I began noticing a lot of activity around the campus. Don’t get me wrong, there is enough activity cleaning around this place to impress anyone. Every morning the ladies and some boys will pick up their brooms and sweep the ground around the Sharon campus to pick up and dispose of leaves, sticks, and trash. Btw, the sweep bent over using a collection of three foot long, thin branches as a broom! I don’t know how they do it. I would not be able to move for the rest of the day. But the kind of cleaning they were doing upon the “boss'” return was comical because they were so worried with everything being perfect. All the rooms were cleaned. All gutters were washed out. All of the sidewalks were washed with water and then broomed while wet. His house was cleaned and polished from top to bottom. Truly this was there spring cleaning.
I began to wonder tho why it was that they would go to this extent in cleaning? Were they fearful for their jobs? I came to realize this was not true after meeting the man. He is extremely humble; a quality that is needed in every great leader. I don’t believe he would have ever asked for that kind of cleaning to be done on his behalf. Yet because of his leadership, the people who benefit from all IGL offers are more than willing to go out of their way for him. I look forward to further conversation with him.
Communications class has been interesting for the past couple of days. Right now they are learning sentence structure and grammar. I am teaching sentence structure and grammar. I am not the best at this kind of stuff. In fact, what I am teaching right now would be great exercise for anyone learning Elementary Ed in college (wink wink). Please do not laugh at this. These students are smart. They just do not know how to communicate in English. Their sentence structure, in their own language, follows this pattern: subject, direct object, verb. Because of this, learning English is challenging. They know plenty of words they just do not know how to put them together. This all sounds interesting coming from me as a missionary as it does not necessarily pertain to ministry work. IGL exists to equip the whole person as a competent Christian. Part of that vision is equipping students for the workplace. In India, more and more jobs are requiring English to be spoken. Therefore, learning English and sentence structure is vital in all communication. Please be in prayer for the students as they are challenged in an area to which they are not comfortable learning in (and me as well!).