How can both justice and righteousness shape the next generation of Christian institutions?
After nearly a year of discernment and writing applications, in April 2020 I began part time coursework for a D.Ed.Min. degree at Virginia Theological summary. I was drawn to the dynamic nature of this degree as someone who hopes to strengthen and found Christian educational institutions, churches, and international organizations. In a nutshell, the D.Ed.Min. is a “professional degree oriented towards increased excellence in educational leadership and ministry to shape minds and culture in schools, universities, churches, judicatories, and other educational settings” (VTS, 2020). While I believe that good doctrine is essential for institutional health, I am hoping that this degree will help me learn to develop institutional cultures that are committed to transformative consecration to God and that walk in the full empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Teaching 3rd and 4th grades at a nearby Bilingual Catholic School
I am currently a year two student in the GPA’s Emerging Prophet’s program. This program specifically seeks to support those with the emerging call to the office of a New Testament Prophet. We meet synchronously over Zoom and asynchronously for trainings, and use online community groups for greater sharpening. There are also twice yearly retreats in Glasgow, Scotland. I am very proud and honored to get to join such a fiery and passionate group of prophets and to receive training for greater service to God!
In 2018, I received a M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education from Trinity Washington University. As a full time student and full time teacher, I often lingered in Trinity’s Main Hall Chapel to rest and pray before classes. My professor’s attention to detail and creativity challenged me to utilize various modalities, and I am grateful for the support they gave in guiding my Action Research on Emotional Affect and Mathematical Performance.
Some of my Favorite Places Around D.C.
Although my experiences of D.C. have doubtlessly been shaped by my ethnicity, through prayer and my work as an educator, I pray that my presence will bless this territory, and not simply add to injustice through gentrification.
Since coming to D.C. nearly five years ago, I have come to understand this territory as a precursor and even origin of the social and spiritual dysfunction currently facing the United States. With almost two thirds of D.C. residents born outside of the city (and many as immigrants), D.C. is a microcosm of America and much of the the world, embedded in an East Coast culture that focuses heavily on ambition and self-promotion. In spite of its status as our nation’s capital, the District of Columbia’s racial disparities demonstrate the fragmented state of both American public policies and American spiritual poverty. Click here to see a map of 2010 Census Data demonstrating the racially divided nature of D.C.. Nevertheless, I believe that God in his goodness wants to revive and manifest his glory in this region. Please join us in interceding for the United States and praying for God to manifest his Kingdom, starting in Washington, D.C.!