His First Days in School-A Boy from Afghanistan

My city has received many refugees from Afghanistan and our schools have had many children from there enroll. My school had a boy from Afghanistan start last week. He is in the ELL, English Language Learners, class next to my classroom.

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I met him last Friday and he seemed happy when I bent down to shake his hand to welcome him. Yesterday I stopped in to say hi to the children and their teacher and I noticed he had his head down on his little desk. I walked over to him and asked him how to say hi in Dari his language. He told me Salam. So I said Salam to him and then looked at the other children and taught them to say Salam and asked them to greet him. All of the other children are Hispanic. When I left the classroom, he was sitting up at his little desk.

Can you imagine having to leave your country abruptly with your parents, coming to a new country, and starting a school where no one speaks your language, at the age of seven years old? It was my privilege to welcome this little boy.

It is important to me to bless children in the morning at school. Jesus thought it was important to bless children. In Matthew 19 we read:

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

It is a scary time for all children during this time of COVID. Children are aware of more than we think. They need small moments of kindness.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

14 thoughts on “His First Days in School-A Boy from Afghanistan

  1. You are so right, Matt. Children are aware of much more in their environment than most people realize. Even adults have a hard time with major transitions. Like you said, imagine leaving your country as a child refuge? It’s great what you did for the little Afghan boy!

  2. Afghanistan is very much in my heart and prayers at the moment. It has just reached the dubious honour of being No 1 on the World Watchlist (Open Doors 2022) for worst possible places to be a Christian or just be.
    Thank you for blessing that little boy.
    May all the children who have managed to flee conflict and oppression safely be welcomed into classrooms with somebody like you to make them smile.

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