: Thank you Jonathan for sharing the Mission Highlight for the Commissioning Prayer in Education/Government, and sharing facts about this sector as well as from his experience as a teacher for 19 years.
The city of SF employs roughly 30,5000 city workers (i.e. mayor, Board of Supervisors, policemen, firefighters, MUNI drivers, street cleaners, public health, etc.), 10,500 of whom work for the San Francisco Unified School District, which has 136 schools and serves 55,000 students (not counting 119 private schools who serve 27,000 students).
The opportunities and challenges in public education sector include the opportunity to connect with students and the challenge to gain their trust and respect, setting an example to coworkers who may not know the Lord while being discouraged from sharing the gospel (though there have been opportunities during major life events), and the struggle to promote equity, especially with students that face tough challenges outside of school. Also, the high cost of living has created a teaching shortage, where even with the most recent tax, SFUSD teachers lag behind in salary to surrounding counties close to $20,000.
Jonathan asked that we pray for the endurance to deal with the challenges of wearing many hats (teacher, counselor, mediator, nurse, sole disciplinary or stable adult relationship), and not to be tempted to think they cannot make a difference. Also that their identities do not get tied up in their work or performance, and to not avoid opportunities to share about Christ. He also asked that we pray to God to provide them with opportunities to build up his kingdom here on earth and in the public school and government sector in San Francisco.
Then Jon-Paul prayed for all educators and public servants in our congregation, sending them out, or commissioning them, thanking them for their hearts of service and that they would have that first love of service which God gave them to be their motivation and joy as they serve. He also prayed that as surrogate parents to their students, they could point them to our eternal Father and our hope in him. He prayed that in moments of not being recognized or frustration and despair, that God remind them of his love and purpose for their calling.
If you missed it, the audio recording is available here