“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”Mother Teresa
For more than a decade, The Potter’s House school has celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year four former students returned to participate on an alumni panel at the high school. I was struck by the way some seemingly small things had resonated with these students during their time here at The Potter’s House. I heard each one recall moments in their schooling that had changed them and sometimes it was as simple as a handshake, someone giving them the powerful gift of being known, or taking the time to give wise counsel.
Assoumani Iyakaremye came to The Potter’s House in the seventh grade. He told our students that he had been looking for a positive place to fit in, and on the second day of school I memorized his name. He shared that it had made a huge impact on him. I am encouraged when I see how God can take the little things we do and make them matter. It took a little extra time to be intentional and practice his name but looking back it was well worth it to know that it made Assoumani feel “welcomed.” He went on to tell our current students that if they want to strengthen their walk with God they should listen to the advice that the teachers are giving them…”these teachers really do care about your life.” Hearing words like that, from a former student solidifies a teacher’s call as they continue to give their time and hearts to their students on a daily basis.
Now, long after the handshake, and hearing their names, and the advice, they carry those things into the next chapter of their lives. After graduating high school in 2011, Assoumani made his way to a local Christian college and he will graduate this spring. We were thrilled to hear that he and his testimony is being used by God to make an impact at Bethany Christian Services Refugee program where he now works. Friends, be encouraged, “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13