Young Teacher Demonstrates Unconditional Love in the Inner-City

Films / USA

About The Film

Filmed over 5 days in New York, Lindsay was the first Deidox film we ever produced. We were introduced to Lindsay through a friend who went to church with her. Lindsay graciously let strangers follow her around with cameras even though she had no idea what the film might look like, and in the end we were all surprised at how great it turned out. Her heart is big, her soul is filled with love, and her film is still one of our favorites.

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[location: USA, length: 5:00]

A young teacher demonstrates unconditional love.  [location: USA, length: 5:00]

Filmed over 5 days in New York, Lindsay was the first Deidox film we ever produced. We were introduced to Lindsay through a friend who went to church with her. Lindsay graciously let strangers follow her around with cameras even though she had no idea what the film might look like, and in the end we were all surprised at how great it turned out. Her heart is big, her soul is filled with love, and her film is still one of our favorites.

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Lindsay:
When I first moved to New York City, I thought I knew why I was coming here. It was going to be adventure. I had my own agenda. I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the kids of this city and how much they would teach me about myself and change my life. I treasure my morning commutes on the subway. It's my time. Sometimes it's my only time with God. In those moments, I know His love for me and I know that that's going to carry on throughout my day and I know it's going to help me to do my job well. The Bronx Is one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country. 75% of the people live below the poverty line. Where there's poverty, of course there's going to be violence and sadness and strife, ugliness. Right in the middle of the Bronx is Middle School 223, where I'm a reading and writing teacher to 6th graders. It's where I spend my days every day. A lot of our kids at our school go home to shelters. They go home to homes where they're in charge. They see people get shot in front of their apartment door. Life has not been easy for them or kind to them. "Morning! Good morning. Hey guy, thanks for coming in quietly". Many of my students haven't been loved well. They've been abandoned. They've been promised things that have never come. They've been promised relationships with their fathers, their mothers, that have never happened, so they're just worn. They're weathered. They don't trust love. On the first day of school, the first thing that I tell them is that I've been thinking about you all summer. I love you already. You may not believe this, but you can't earn my love. You could make straight A's all year and have perfect behaviour all year, or you can get detention 3 times a week, and I'm going to love you the same. Then I spend all year trying to prove it. "So I want you to think back to Monday, and we chose that one personal narrative that we're going to publish and celebrate and put out there to the world. Who am I the person? What do I really want people to know about who I am?". It wasn't until recently that I realized that God had been preparing me for this job, for these kids at this school right now. I grew up in Georgia, mostly at my grandmother's house because my mom and dad were divorced. Then my dad got married. I felt like I wasn't good enough. He wanted me to be perfect. I just wasn't good enough anymore, but I know I don't need other people to say I'm okay anymore. I did that my whole life and I think I'm finally done. Maybe now I can just be Lindsey, and if I make mistakes, then oh well. I'm not only as good as what I do. Growing up and especially now, even as an adult, I still long for that love and acceptance and God has shown that to me and given that to me so that I can go and give these kids the same love and acceptance that they have always wanted too. Over time, I really do believe this classroom becomes a safe haven for them, a place where they feel accepted and they know they're going to be safe and it's comfortable. I think God loves these kids so much, more than I could ever hope to love them. I think He wants them to rest and to be happy. I think He wants to fill their hearts. Every day they walk out of my classroom and at the end of the year, they walk out of my classroom forever. It's so hard. It's hard not knowing what lies ahead for them or what type of choices they'll make and I just have to rest. I've done everything I could do. I've loved them the best that I can. My hope is that they'll figure out that God loves them so much more than I ever could.

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