In 2015, I went with a group from Curtis Lake Church to build a home for a family in need. To say I was out of my comfort zone is an understatement. I am the girl who sits with the kids and reads to them and plays with them. My nickname is the “baby whisperer” and my career is teaching. To be put in the position to BUILD, I did not feel qualified at all, but I was going to do my best. On day two of building, the little girl from the family we were building for came home from school. She came up to me and started asking me about the house. I told her what we had done so far (in broken Spanish) and asked her what she had done at school that day. I told her I was a teacher in America. She immediately ran inside and grabbed her work book and reading book and said, “See what I did? Teach me in English!”. We went through the book and translated words, which we taught to her siblings as well.
After that moment, I realized how powerful it was to be able to use my talents in a space where I did not expect to be able or need to use them. I fostered a connection with these children which has been long lasting in my heart. God showed me that it doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, He can use you and your gifts for His purpose.
Sarah Quint is a 5th grade teacher in Wells. She lives in Wells with her chocolate lab, Moose.