November Jottings

28 Nov 21

Ansley Jottings: Spurgeons

My work as a teacher before I retired was challenging but never boring.  I enjoyed the interaction with the children and seeing their development as they progressed through their school years.  I remember that parents of younger pupils sometimes commented that their children believed their teacher was always right and never them.  If Mrs X said in class that this is how to do something it must be done this way at home too! 

I know my nieces would come home from school and use all their teacher’s expressions when playing “school” with their dolls or younger siblings.  The parents listening in would feel they were in the classroom themselves.  I suppose it could work the other way round too.  I remember parents telling me not to believe everything their children wrote about their weekends!

It is sad to think that some children and families are having a difficult time at the moment, for a number of different reasons.  Spurgeons, a charity supporting children and families in this country have a website that gives examples of the work they do. (www.spurgeons .org)

A Baptist preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, founded an orphanage in Stockwell, South London in 1867.  It moved site over the years and closed in the late 1970s.  Since then the charity has supported vulnerable children and families through many types of work across the UK.

An example of their work is the support they give through a school counsellor to “Ben”, who struggled during lockdown when his counselling sessions went online and he was unable to speak freely.  Since returning to school, Ben has had the help he needed to turn around the situation he was in.  Spurgeons notes that schools they are working with are identifying a rise in the number of children they need to refer for help.

Through perseverance the work that Charles Spurgeon began in 1867 is still helping children today.  I think the following two quotes from Charles Haddon Spurgeon are worth pondering. 

“The difficulty of the Christian is very seldom the commencement of the work; the true labour lies in the perseverance which alone can win the victory.”

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”

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