TEDx Talk: “Finding the Courage to Voice the Taboo”
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
I gave this TEDx Talk about teacher voice at National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois last September. And a fellow Teachers Who Pray member brought to my attention that Jesus Christ and prayer are also considered “taboo” topics in schools. Truth is, faith among teachers and staff shouldn’t be taboo at all. We have the legal right to pray to the Lord in our schools, alone or with each other, just as long as students are not present. We can also share our testimonies of God at work in our lives, just as long as we do so with grace and tact. We just need the “courage” to do it. –Marilyn Anderson Rhames
Please watch this video of the Tedx Talk:
Round Two of Teachers Who Pray!
August 12, 2013
As we embark on a new school year–and the second full year of Teachers Who Pray–let’s take the time to pray for all the teachers across our land. This is also a great time to start a TWP chapter at your school!
TWP chapter leader Sue Feigley, who teaches 2nd grade in Baton Rouge, Louisiana just sent in this inspiring testimony:
“The Lord led me to start a prayer group at my school one year ago. In the natural, I was not prepared, and was afraid of failure. The Holy Spirit led, and anointed it. It was amazing. Our prayer meeting was every Tuesday morning at 7:30 before school. We didn’t miss a Tuesday. There were on average 6 to 8 people who joined with me. I can’t begin to tell you how the Lord worked in our school. He is an amazing God. Our school had the best standardized test results in its history. The teachers made much deeper connection with each other. As His word says, “A three cord strand is not easily broken.” I am so looking forward to all that God is going to do this next school year!”
How to Pray for the New Teacher in Your Child’s Life
August 10, 2013
Pray for the teacher as she looks at her summer to do list; she might not’ve had a vacation or success in taking care of needs. Pray for the teacher as she needs to be refreshed and healthy; her summer may’ve included loss, grief, disappointment, or trial. Pray for the teacher as she has concerns about how her relationships will change with the school year starting: daycare, marriage, family, needy children. Pray for the teacher as she gets her classroom ready; she may have to move rooms, may not have supplies yet, or might have issues to address. Pray for the teacher as she attends staff development and meetings; she may have requirements to meet or assignments to finish.
Pray for the teacher as she re-connects with fellow staff & faculty; some working relationships might be challenging. Pray for the teacher as she sorts through curriculum; a change in grade level, publisher, or requirements can be difficult. Pray for the teacher as she begins to do her planning; teachers have so much to pack in, and the unexpected will enter in. Pray for the teacher as she receives information about her students; she needs openness, insight, wisdom, and compassion. Pray for the teacher as she meets a whole new group of parents; parent relationships are crucial to the success of students & teachers.
Every teacher is a real person who goes to the grocery store, does laundry, has dinner with friends, cries, hurts, and worries. She needs the Kleenex and the hand sanitizer, but most of all, she needs your prayers.
Pray for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
January 7, 2013
The recent school shooting in this small, quiet New England town reminds us all that no place on earth is safe. The only true place of security is in the Lord Jesus Christ. We ask Jesus to wrap his loving arms around this suffering community, and use our prayers to hinder such acts of violence from occurring again.
As teachers, we cannot even process the thought of losing a whole class of primary students, our principal, and fellow colleagues from a shooting inside our school building. This tragedy seems almost too much to bare. That’s why Teachers Who Pray has to intercede for the families of the deceased and the survivors of this tragedy.
Teachers Who Pray chapters gather in our various schools every week to call on God to protect our school community, give us direction on how to best handle situations at school, and help us let the love of Christ shine in all we do. Now we will ask God to pour out his loving grace on our grieving comrades in Newtown, Connecticut. This community is desperately in need of healing, hope, and comfort.
If you are a believing teacher, please consider starting a Teachers Who Pray chapter at your school to wage spiritual warfare on behalf of our children and our communities. We cannot afford to allow the enemy to take over our schools! Through our prayers, we can limit the works of the evil one, and bring hope to those in despair.
As we bring the first year of Teachers Who Pray to a close, we have 19 registered chapters in nine states (and counting!). We have a very small staff, but God is growing us as an organization. Thank you for all who have joined in our mission! We are praying for the safety and education of our children. We are praying for our teachers, school administrators, and education policymakers. We are praying that God will give this generation and the next a heart that is sensitive toward him and his principles.
Please commit to praying for Sandy Hook Elementary School community everyday. This will be a very difficult Christmas for this town, and the New Year will be one of tremendous sadness. Invite other Christian teachers at your school to join in with your prayers. Start a TWP chapter at your school today!