In September and October of 2020, all seemed too much. We had been pushing and continuing through what seemed to be an endless uphill battle. We had received so much but now that we were in the day to day grind, it was tough. Each day, new challenges would arise.
As we were figuring out how to be a virtual learning facility, the teachers and schools were also trying to figure out how to teach virtually. We learned about programs we’d never heard of before like: “Lexia”, “Dreambox”, and “Zearn”. We learned how to navigate the canvas page of each individual student - every teacher, even within the same grade, had a different setup. The learning curve was steep!
The other huge hurdle was the mental health of our staff and students. Because of the pandemic, as well as political strife in our country, the stress and anxiety was palpable. These children were soaking up all the stress that was being felt by their parents and even us as we were navigating this new program. The smallest problem could cause a major meltdown. On one of the first few Wednesdays we had one first grader crying on Zoom because she was tired and just didn’t want to be on the call anymore.
But finally, slowly but surely, light began to peek in.
How could we have so quickly forgotten the assurance we had received just a few months before?
Amazingly, even in our doubting, God was about to show up for us again in ways we could never have imagined.