It’s seem like a month ago, yet it’s been less than a week since the Global LifeVision team entered the Rai Foundation school eager to empower 600 plus young women with confidence to fulfill their dreams. The experience was amazing – beyond words. The girls were lovely, gracious and eager to learn with open hearts and minds. Everything is “Yes ma’am” with a bobble-head like nod. Students do not enter the classroom without permission and they stand to ask a question – they sit with laser focused eyes, with real intent, striving to cypher our English within a hot and humid room with very poor lighting. Their excitement to learn does not fade as the clock ticks away the 90 minute class.
My friend and teaching partner, Laurie Olson and I team teach the Spiritual/My Purpose and the Relationships sections of Ideal LifeVision. My favorite was teaching the students about “I am” statements. We start them with five of our own: I AM Worthy, I AM Deserving, I AM Capable, I Trust Myself and I Forgive myself and others, then we filled up the white board with their own “I AM” affirmations …I AM Beautiful, I AM Honest, I AM Kind, I AM Precious, I AM Bold, I AM Giving, I AM a Hard Worker, I AM Compassionate, I AM Smart, I CAN do anything! …the list goes on and on.
Twenty-one countries are represented at the University of Rai, with diverse spiritual beliefs and backgrounds. I emphasized that ALL religions are good – anything that inspires you to be a better person and to serve others is good and should be sought after. We encouraged the students to grow stronger in their faith, to pray often to God and to listen for His whisperings of inspiration and guidance. And last, but not least, to love and serve others.
These girls are bright and their English skills allowed most to quickly grasp what we were teaching. Many wrote and shared their beautiful Life Vision with us. Agnes from Uganda is a born leader and caught on right away the vision of LifeVision., Agnes wants to become a certified LifeVision Coach to make a difference in her home community in Uganda.
We captured Rai student Drishti’s testimonial on video of what LifeVision has done for her belief in herself. Close friendships were made. Tears and tight hugs were common place as we said good-bye with promises to return.
I am grateful to my Father in Heaven for this priceless opportunity to BE taught by these beautiful young women. The students shared their burning desire to get an education to break the chain of poverty and to better the circumstance of their families and make a difference in their county and world.
To the girls of the Rai Foundation: “You Go Girls! You Rock!”
Update – Highlights of India 2011
Back again in 2012