Huge baby step may seem contradictory but as you read, you will understand why I chose the title.
One of the moms in my morning class is a woman from Sudan. She came to the USA with her husband and children as refugees to a small city about an hour and a half drive from my city. Her oldest son moved to my city for work shortly after they came here.
Her husband died about two years ago, so my student moved to my city with her younger children to be with her oldest son. She began my class shortly after she came to my city.
The above picture is not her but illustrates depression. We think she has clinical depression, but getting a diagnosis and treatment for someone with low verbal skills in English is not easy. She was despondent when she began my class and looked down a lot. She speaks so softly that it is difficult to hear her as she wears a mask in class. When I speak to her or someone else speaks to her, she will look up only to look down again afterward.
She had no computer skills when she started my class. Last school year, she was completely dependent on my assistant to help her with her Chromebook in class. When the class had to go remote using Zoom in April and May this year, we lost her.
This year she brings her Chromebook every day. All of the students have a Chromebook checked out to them. But she has been dependent on my assistant to help her. Then yesterday it happened.
When I assigned breakout rooms in Zoom, she clicked on join by herself. When I closed the breakout rooms in Zoom, she clicked on leave breakout room by herself. Both times I quickly acknowledged what she had done by saying her name, giving her a thumbs up and clapping for her. It was a small step for anyone else, but for her it was a HUGE baby step.
Jesus knows her name. Please pray for this woman who is a widow with a son in 1st grade who is autistic, a daughter in middle school, and a few older children.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.