I have been working with a group of people just starting out on their Charlotte Mason journey. It has given me the opportunity to see with fresh eyes the awakening that happens as one is first touched by this whole new way of living. I am amazed at how far things have come, and how much richer it has grown over the years. As I peer through Mason's Alveary, it makes me wish I could start all over. I can only imagine enjoying the richness of learning together without all the time eaten away by research and study that was necessary in the early years. There is so much more access and support available now. I’m awed by the fact that truth really is eternal as the same enriching and inspiration I received washes over the hearts and faces of those first becoming acquainted with Mason’s feast.
I feel like a “Selah” is in order to stop and really consider all that God has done. I am so grateful for all the people that have sacrificed and contributed over the years. The maturity and depth has only continued to increase, and so much has been firmly established. I believe the hardest work has already been completed and there is a momentum that will give an easier path and an acceleration for the things ahead. For all those that gave so selflessly and suffered to get us here, and for all that has been achieved, truly celebration is in order!
It seems like we, as a movement, are at the top of a mountain. I can look back and see the challenges of the climb and the exhilaration of having arrived at the top. The view all around is breathtaking. I can also look ahead and see the path moving forward into new territory, with gravity working for us on this next part.
I believe we are at a divine moment in time where there is hunger for what we have to offer. I also see things orchestrating incredible opportunities for us to do just that. I’m referring to political shifts that have taken place in a couple countries, and a longing for truth stirring amongst people unlike I have seen in many decades. There are also four additional countries where people have reached out for help in starting schools in the future. It certainly appears to be time to advance!
The potential for what this can impact is tremendous. In other countries there is a desperate need for justice amongst the poor, and education can help provide that. The girls are the ones where this is realized the greatest. A woman without an education is vulnerable to slavery, abuses of every kind, and oftentimes murder. I attended a lecture on Women: Survival and Empowerment given by Dr. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, that addressed the oppression of women in undeveloped countries. His number one answer to combat it was education.
Other significant changes needed are the ability to think logically, understand the worldview behind ideas being promoted, and the ability to discern truth—especially the truth of the Gospel. I’m sure every one of us has had moments in the last year where we wondered if the world has lost its minds as we’ve watched the news! The susceptibility of people to be swayed by sound bites and distorted news-reporting is a result of an education system that I daresay has failed, but at the very least is in great need of reform.
If we can see that these things are established, we will see nations affected in one generation. Give that a moment to sink in, because the power of that is beyond comprehension.
In light of all of this, there are several things I am praying for. First, I want to see cross-cultural communicators who can instill in the business community the vision and importance of funding transformational education. Secondly, I would like to see a wave of Charlotte Mason schools started. Lastly, I would like to see teacher training colleges and universities established, especially in other countries.
I’m dreaming with God for this to leave the nations with a legacy. Will you stand on this mountaintop and dream with me? Will you join me in praying and networking with others unto the advancement of this precious movement that has so enriched our lives, so that others can share in the abundance of life it has provided us?
© 2017 by Tara Schorr