I don't know where to begin for the many many things you did for me while my home was on the market. I do appreciate everything you did for me. You went the extra mile and more! I could not have done everything without you.
I just want to say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Thank you ever so much.
Subject: Mentoring 2016-2017
Thank you, mentors for your time and attention given to my students this year. I appreciate how you've helped these young men and women become more mature and responsible this year.
Please know that you've had an impact! Sometimes we don't see the fruit for years to come. sometimes we just till hard soil...repeatedly. Sometimes we re-parent. Sometimes we are burdened beyond what we can bear and must turn to the Lord in prayer for help. Thank you for all you've given, on the field, at the table, in prayer, on the phone, in front of your mentee and when you are away.
Our students completed a mentoring reflection on their year. As a part of the assignment, I asked the students to consider how they’ve learned to be a mentor from their mentors. How and what would they pass along during their mentoring experience?
My mentor has taught me…
- From her actions and behavior that small things can affect others.
- A relationship with Christ doesn’t have to be some strictly structured commitment; you can find Jesus in almost any situation.
- Not every conversation has to include the Bible or teach a life lesson; there just has to be a person there that you can easily and readily talk to about anything.
- Always tell the person you are mentoring the truth and do not sugar coat the situation.
- The most important thing about mentoring is not advice, knowing the answers, or even being a great comforter – it’s about being there and being willing to listen.
- To be open and available. Mentoring is not a “task”.
- People open up more when there’s food involved.
- To set future goals so I can see where I want to be 10 or 20 years in life.
- Not to be quick to give my opinion without fully hearing the other person’s story.
- It is important to have integrity. The best way to mentor someone is to simply live a life that is honoring and respectful to God.
- Experience is important, even unsuccessful ones. You are never going to be good at anything the first time so just buckle down and do it and learn from your mistakes.
- If there is no sort of personal connection, no sort of growth is going to be made.
- To be a mentor you don’t have to force God or Christianity on a person. If you just be yourself and allow them to open up, the necessary topics will come up naturally.
- To invest in people by doing things they enjoy doing, even if I don’t. It will help to develop a relationship with the person.
- How God’s Word actually applies to my life.
- Being a mentor sometimes means saying things that no one wants to hear, bringing to light the truth, regardless of how it makes your mentee to hear it.
- Christianity isn’t as stuck up and strict as I thought. You can still have fun, because God created fun.
- To give people second chances even though they probably don’t deserve it.
Thank you for your service and investment. It is my hope that your influence will outlast you and echo into eternity.
- Mr. Bingham
(This was in reference to Linda receiving an award on 3-23-17 for Top High Point Producer and Top Company Producer)
I meant to text you to tell you that I was so proud to stand with you and Laura Thursday night! Edwin said that award could not have gone to a more deserving person in the room. Congratulations and Cheers!