Saturday, December 16, 2017

“Dyscoveries From Dyslexia”

“I’m a teacher,” Frank smiled, “with dyslexia!” I had to know more from this introduction, so he shared his story…

“All through school, dyslexia blocked my grasp of new information, and dead-end jobs were all the future promised, but I decided to train as a teacher.

“I could never have done it without God helping me to accept myself and laugh at myself, for He keeps helping me to relate to students with learning difficulties.

“It began with using acronyms, so they might grasp the basics and move on. My first was ‘MAP – Make A Plan,’ to help them get them organised and look higher than any labels that could deter them from making any effort.

“Then I hit on ‘VTV’ – which even dyslexics can remember backwards! It means ‘Visualise the Victory.’ One kid applied it to his own baseball dream. He stitched ‘VTV’ onto his baseball bag; and he hit three home runs in his first game!

When he mentioned “WIN-WIN,” I expected it to relate to negotiating skills, but he just grinned: “No, it means: ‘What’s Important Now – What Is Next?’

“As I see them applying WIN-WIN to their priorities, they join in more and their confidence takes off.”

Frank’s open-hearted faith is a great mix of honesty and generosity, despite his constant struggles to think straight. As he explained: “When I tell the kids about my living with dyslexia, they start to relax with themselves and, as they start to lighten up, that’s when the big changes start to happen.”

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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