Teaching and Learning – Casa Hogar 2017

July 27, 2017

Guest post by Jackie Hagan

Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

I’m Jackie Hagan, a rising Sophomore at Missouri Baptist University and this is my first trip to Casa Hogar. Coming into this trip, I knew a couple things: I would love the kids, I heard there would be work, I would sweat, and I am really bad at Spanish. Like, so bad that I forgot how to ask the children their name (rolling eye emoji).

On Monday, I was talking to Luis Angel, a 14 year old boy at the home. I told him that we were about to do an English lesson and he smiled big. Then I said, “I am excited for you to teach me Spanish!” His response was, “no importante!” His eyes and his mouth said, that is not important. Because of what we know of humanity, and God’s design for all people, there is nothing as important as being able to look somebody in the eye and speak to them in their language. Our hope for these students is that we are showing them the dignity they deserve by becoming like them as learners and allowing them to be our teachers.

Our hope for these students is that we are showing them the dignity they deserve by becoming like them as learners and allowing them to be our teachers.

We started with English and that was cool. When the dreaded time came to switch to Spanish, I could feel the panic set in. I really wanted to be able to say the words correctly! We were in the transportation group and let’s just say airport in Spanish is a very hard word for me to say. I’m talking- 10 minutes spent rehearsing this one word with no luck. Poncho, my teacher, never laughed. He wanted me to get it and showed incredible grace to me as I continue to fail- over and over and over. I may never speak Spanish perfectly, but I will always remember their willingness to give me time and the picture of Jesus they showed me as teachers. They never hurried, never rolled their eyes or laughed, they patiently waited and celebrated the process with me.

A team of twenty-two people, including high school students and parents with young children, are in Acapulco, Mexico, visiting our ministry partners at Casa Hogar Children’s Home. We’ve been partnering with Casa Hogar for more than twenty years and have seen generations of children grow up knowing the love of Christ.

Click here to read updates from Day 1 and Day 2

Playing chess 

Working on crafts together

English & Spanish lessons

Craft projects