A teenager brings his class to tears

What great teachers can achieve in this clip from a recent British doco…how inspiring is this?
To see the King’s Speech the teacher refers to find it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNldbOKp_S8


10 thoughts on “A teenager brings his class to tears

  1. And this:


    Scarred by past sexual abuse and domestic violence, Janet Boynes saw her life going “down the tubes” before she discovered love in an unexpected place.

    “I think what you have a tendency of doing is repeating what was done to you,” Janet told CBN.

    With a mother who had suffered abuse growing up, Janet saw the impact it had on her own life. “I know she wanted the best for me, but the abuse was beyond measure,” she says. “I can’t remember to this day as a kid that my mother ever hugged me, or told me that she loved me.”

    Emulating the life she experienced at home, Janet soon developed a reputation as a school bully and tomboy. She was a great basketball player but turned to drugs and smoking after being molested by a relative at the age of 13 and then raped by an altar boy at church a few months later.

    “I was starting to become more attracted to women,” she says after finishing school. “So many men had hurt me that these women, I thought, were a lot more like me.”

    Knowing she needed to make a change in her life, Janet got involved at a church where she prayed to God for forgiveness for her past wrongs and made a commitment to following Jesus in her life. Holding to this commitment, she managed to break her drug addiction and was soon engaged to a nice young man there.

    Despite feeling like her life was suddenly coming together, temptation got the better of her after spending more and more time with a female work friend. “It was late one night and I stayed there and we wound up sleeping together,” Janet confessed to CBN. That night marked the start of a 14-year homosexual lifestyle where Janet moved from relationship to relationship, turned to drugs again and developed bulimia. “My life was miserable,” she says. “But I was refusing to come back to God.”

    She and her girlfriend decided to get married and they went to seek approval from a priest. “The priest told us that what we were doing was okay, that we would still go to heaven,” she recalls him saying. “He said it was okay. I wanted both. I wanted God, and I wanted to live a homosexual life. I wanted to find a way to have both.

    ”Yet deep down she had this nagging feeling that it was not okay no matter how much she tried to justify it. At 3am one morning Janet struck up a conversation with a lady at the grocery store who went to a church she often drove past.

    The lady invited her to a women’s Bible study and without thinking Janet rocked up “looking grubby” in sweat pants, not knowing what to expect. “I’m sitting there with my head down, feeling so ashamed, thinking these women are cruel, they’re going to chew me up and spit me out,” she recalls. “Everyone introduced themselves, and when they got to me, they asked me my name, and I said, ‘my name is Janet’ and I said, ‘I’m living a homosexual life. But if you help me, I will live my life for the Lord’.”

    Janet was surprised by their reaction. They did not gossip about her. They did not even try to change her themselves. Instead, one of the ladies invited Janet to live with her family for a year to help her have a clean break. “Well, I sold my home, asked my girlfriend to move and, at the age of 40, I moved in with this Christian home for a year,” she says. “It was the most amazing thing to watch this family have something that I never experienced,” she says about the genuine love she encountered there.

    God also began to heal her hurt and bitterness towards men by placing great Godly men in her life who she says would “just come up and give me a hug”. “As I continue to be around people that love me and care about me, God continues to heal me from the inside out,” she adds.

    Today Janet runs a ministry that offers help to those seeking to escape from the homosexual life-style and believes so strongly in it that she even testified before the Minnesota Senate’s Judiciary Committee against the creation of homosexual “marriage”.

    “I want everybody else that’s living the homosexual life who didn’t have a great mother or who didn’t have a great father to experience that God is a father to the fatherless or motherless. What He’s done for me, He will do for them also.”

    CHALLENGE —the good news paper (Nov. 2013)


  2. And another:


    By Bryony Wood

    Ferzanna Riley was abducted in Pakistan and threatened with death or marriage against her will. But her desperate cry for help led to rescue, romance and a new life.

    Shortly after her birth in Pakistan, Ferzanna’s father moved their family to England to make a new life for themselves. “My father believed we should integrate into the society, but my mother believed we should hold fast to our traditions and religion,” Ferzanna remembers. “I spent my life caught in the middle, maintaining ‘izzat’– respect for one’s family and traditions – while wanting to grasp every opportunity offered in England. This meant that as a spirited, probably even headstrong young girl, I often found myself in deep trouble.”

    With one foot in each culture, she never quite fitted in anywhere. Being constantly told she was stupid, worthless, “born bad and destined for the fires of hell” she endured frequent physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her father.

    Having escaped her violent home life to go to university, she tried to make a new life for herself. But Ferzanna was tricked by her family into going to Pakistan with her sister, where they were imprisoned in the home of relatives in Karachi until they consented to marrying a stranger.It wasn’t that the sisters were particularly opposed to the idea of arranged marriages, but no one suitable emerged. However, their mother wouldn’t take no for an answer and soon their father had also flown out to force the issue.

    They then endured 14 weeks of sheer terror as they were physically, verbally and emotionally brutalised. They even made a suicide pact with each other, while their mother heaped emotional blackmail on them by faking fits and threatening suicide herself. Ferzanna was knocked unconscious on one occasion when her father tried to beat her into submission. “There was one particular night when we really thought we were going to be killed for disobeying our family,” Ferzanna recalls. “I finally cried out, begging, pleading for ‘Something’ or ‘Someone’ to help.

    “‘Ask me,’ answered a voice. “Instinctively I looked upwards.” This voice was very different
    from the harsh voices that had surrounded her night and day. It was gentle and quiet, and didn’t fill her with terror, but somehow made her want to trust and obey.

    “Help us,” Ferzanna remembers asking through her tears. “I don’t know who you are, but we’re all alone, please send someone to help.”

    Was this the protector she needed? For the first time in her life, she went down on her knees. Her prayers were miraculously answered. Her cousin Imran sud denly came round from next door, threatening that if her father laid hands on his daughters there would be trouble. They were soon flying back to England.

    Over the next few years, she tried to make a new start in life, but the emotional baggage of the past held her back. “I was vulnerable, and believed the negative brainwashing of my childhood,” she says.

    Life became increasingly lonely, and feeling particularly desperate one day, she ‘accidentally’ stumbled into a new coffee shop in town. Here she met and made new friends who offered her the support and acceptance she needed. The coffee shop was part of a church, and over the next few months she began to discover a faith quite different from the one she had been born into.

    It wasn’t an easy journey, she had so many questions. “I learned about God being my heavenly Father,” she says, “that He wanted a personal relationship with me and loved me. He’d sacrificed His life on a cross to take away all my guilt and the wrong things I’d done. It was a huge, gigantic leap of understanding, a chasm of cultures and faiths to cross.” It took her time to grasp the wonderful simplicity of the Gospel message – that she was special and forgiven. But finally the truth was too amazing for Ferzanna to ignore and so committed her life to the Lord Jesus Christ.

    It hasn’t been easy, putting behind her the turbulence of her formative years, but now Ferzanna finally knows what it means to be free from condemnation. “God has restored all that I have lost”, she says. “Ten times over.” That includes falling in love and getting married, with no pressure from anyone, in 2001. Ion strolled into her life at a most unexpected time and has shared her journey of faith. From their first meeting over the DIY counter at the local DIY store, he’s proven to be a wonderful support. The way Ion’s family have opened up their hearts and homes to her has been very precious. Now she knows what a warm, loving family feels like. But that’s not the end of her dramatic story.

    “Four years after I was baptised, I became ill and was diagnosed as having a serious congenital heart condition that needed life-saving surgery. Since then I’ve still had major health issues, but God is my rock”, she smiles. “When things get rough, that’s what keeps me strong.”

    Ferzanna reflects: “Looking back I can see so many times that Jesus was there, wanting me to find Him. He’s given me the strength and determination to survive and use my story to inspire others who live with fear, guilt and shame. I want them to know there is hope. Once I was lonely and alone, suicidal and in despair, but today I’ve found the most amazing peace and happiness. “Now I know that I’m valued by a kind, compassionate God who loves and forgives.”

    What more can you say!

    CHALLENGE —the good news paper


  3. Very moving. Brought me to tears.

    How hard it must have been for him, poor boy. What a wonderful teacher. Such passion, love and patience.

    How heartwarming also to see the love in that room.


  4. Do you know, I had no trouble understanding the young boy, but couldn’t for the life of me understand a word of what the Teacher was saying lol


  5. I wonder what it is about listening to the music that allows the brain to unscramble the words?

    Is it the rhythm maybe? It’s difficult to understand what causes a stammer.


    • I would have guessed that the music makes him take his mind off himself, his stutter. You know how self-conscious we can be with our perceived faults and inadequacies.

      I had to do a reading at a wedding recently and I am a nervous wreck with public speaking. Well this time I purposely didn’t wear my glasses so that everytime I looked up at the guests I couldn’t see their faces. And it worked! I wonder if the music is a coping strategy like me not wearing my glasses?


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