Hi everyone, I am Abigail Bosin and I teach Spanish at MLHS. This is my fourth year as a Lancer and I couldn’t be more excited!
I often get the question: “Why did you decide to teach Spanish?”
Since I was in the second grade, I had wanted to be a teacher, but my real interest in becoming a Spanish teacher didn’t arise until I entered high school. Culture and language fascinated me, and I was eager to learn more and share that interest with others. Eventually, I decided to attend Martin Luther College to get my teaching degree in Spanish.
Over the years, I’ve had wonderful opportunities to travel. I spent six weeks studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, visited for a few days in Montevideo, Uruguay, and even helped out our WELS mission in Puerto Rico for a week.
Those trips allowed me to experience whole new cultures and ways of life, but what stood out to me most was the thought: “How cool is it that I get to share my faith with others who speak a completely different language!” Now, my goal is to equip my students to do the same.
Jesus, in-between his triumphant resurrection on Easter morning and his ascent into heaven, appeared to his disciples in Galilee and told them, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Jesus’ instruction to his disciples that day in Galilee still apply to us modern-day believers. I always tell my students that I believe learning other languages and cultures is another way for us to carry-out this command! We can communicate with a whole new group of God’s redeemed souls and better understand how to witness our faith within the scope of other cultures.
Now, this command doesn’t mean we have to travel across the globe to “go and make disciples of all nations.” It tells us to remember our next-door neighbor, the woman behind us in line at the grocery store, the man whose cubicle you walk past every day, and even that waiter serving you and your family at your favorite restaurant.
Letting our light shine before others and talking about what we believe is not always easy. We too often allow ourselves to become a little lackluster. However, at times, all we need is a little encouragement. Let this message be your encouragement this week to “go and make disciples of all nations,” even if all it takes is a short walk across the street.