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Learning with Distance Mentoring

I am Brooke. Pray with me today: I pray that God forges relationships between the distance mentors and the students. I pray that as they learn English, they also feel God’s grace and love through these relationships.

Every student on an MDIM scholarship – 8th grade through university – has a Distance Mentor. What, you ask, is a Distance Mentor? A Distance Mentor is an American counterpart for these Mozambique scholarship students, offering them invaluable exposure to and practice using the English language (which is not their native language but is the language of instruction at Africa University, and knowing English opens doors that are otherwise closed to these students). MDiM does not simply provide dollars when a student is chosen for a scholarship. The goal is to assist that student in every way possible from 8th grade through 12th and then on to economic self-sufficiency. So, the actual dollars are important, since students need uniforms, school supplies, and money for school fees. But beyond that, these students receive Amandio Fabiao's coaching, caring, tutoring, and disciplining; Gaspar's after-school English classes; and Distance Mentoring.

Pictured is Brooke Hurlbut, coordinator of the distance mentoring program, playing with some of the children in Mozambique. Most current mentors are students at Texas State University and thus are close in age to the Mozambican scholarship students. These Distance Mentors help scholarship recipients with English grammar. They are not trained teachers; instead, their primary requirement is simply to communicate with their student on a regular basis. This connection broadens the world of a young Mozambican in a rural environment. Imagine how special this connection makes them feel! These students do not own computers nor have ready access to them, but they eagerly go to Amandio's office and borrow his to communicate with their Distance Mentor.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28

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