Pastoring & Home-Schooling during Covid-19

April 02, 2020

District Superintendent Shinya Goto and his wife Jennifer, like many of us, are working from home and homeschooling their children. Recently he reached out to pastors in El Camino Real District to see how pastors with kids were balancing work and school and home life while sheltering in place.

Click here to share your experiences and tips for sheltering in place at the California-Nevada conference bulletin board.

By Shinya Goto, Superintendent, El Camino Real District
 
Pastors with kids,
 
As Jennifer and I care for our children staying at home and realizing how much more work it has been to be pastors and “home-schooling,” I am wondering how you are doing balancing both.  Please feel free to write back to share.  (and write back any idea that might be helpful to the Goto household!) I also hope to start a conference-wide conversation and support for pastors with children.  
 
Please know that I am holding you in my prayer and that I am appreciative of all that you do. 
 
Shinya
 
 
Daniel Gbundema
 
Thank you, that means a lot. 
 
 
 Vathanak Heang
 
Thank you for thinking of me and my family. My wife and I still work from home from our computer screens. My both kids are doing distance schooling. It is kind of challenging for me to monitor both of them. During our free time, we walk around the block, play soccer at the backyard, and play Wii.
 
 
 Luke Ham
 
Thank you you keeping us in mind during this strange time. 
 
The school-work component has not been an issue for us as the online resources are acceptable and my wife is a credentialed K-8 teacher..... however getting Caleb his much-needed 300 minutes per month of speech therapy has been extremely difficult. The district speech therapist lives in Big Sur and does not have high-speed internet for Zoom conferencing and is not permitted to enter her office at the school. We are praying that the school district can figure out a solution to this issue soon as we are seeing some regression in Caleb's speech.
 
One of the key factors in us maintaining a positive attitude has been regular walks, scooter rides and bike rides around the neighborhood. Having access to the beach and fresh ocean air has also been a huge help to us in staying positive during this time. 
 
We are also taking this opportunity to teach our son about the joy and importance of writing letters and sending pictures to people via good old hand delivered mail. 
 
We are praying for the Goto family and all of our other colleagues with children at home.
 
Jeong Park
 
Thank you for your concern about us! 
Everyday is a challenge. But gladly their school teachers will set up a ZOOM call on a regular basis and communicate with them and with their classmates. That has been helpful to us! My wife and I recently purchased Apple TV+ARCADE and tried one month free. They love it! Whenever they fulfill a exercise requirement or extra hiking or good works, for examples, vacuuming our car and van...extra point that they get, we give them a prize to watch and play apple arcade! I realized that Neflix is not enough to go through this 'dark' tunnel! 
 
Otherwise, we are doing okay and well. Naturally I have more time for my family, walking, exercising, biking and hiking with them everyday.
 
I appreciate your reaching out to us and care about us as well. This means a lot to us!
 
 
Jennifer Murdock
 
Hi all - Yes, thanks for thinking of us.  It has been pretty challenging to take care of both kids, who have very different needs and keep them focused for online learning.  My work days are incredibly bifurcated and my Enneagram 1 "you aren't doing enough" voice is having a field day in my head. Just heard a great post on writing down all the fears, all the things you think aren't right and all the ways you are "failing" and then singing them out loud to the tune of Happy Birthday.  It kind of diffuses the anxiety!   Trying to breathe and stay patient and not get too far ahead of any given day right now.  We are also riding bikes and scooters and doing lots of zoom calls with classrooms and facetime with family and kids friends to keep them connected.
 
We are all holding a lot right now, especially you and the cabinet - its important to remember to put it down from time to time and just laugh...
 
Emilio Sazon
 
Pastoring and parenting is really difficult but fortunately my wife and our kids help us a lot. You know Sam situations, he needs all the help for him to catch up. We are still making our schedules around to make ourselves available for we are essential workers.
Thanks for your prayer and support.
God bless for both of you.
 
Hyun Ho Park
 
Thanks for checking in. My family is doing fine. My wife and I take our son, 2-year-old, and our daughter, 6-month-old (in a stroller), outside for a walk once a day. We watch "TV Kindergarten" (in Korean) once a day and let my son play in the patio. He and I pulled weeds yesterday and had some fun.
 
Grateful for being in ministry together and surrounded by dedicated colleagues,
 
 
Daniel Gbundema
 
Thank you, that means a lot. 
 
Vathanak Heang
 
Thank you for thinking of me and my family. My wife and I still work from home from our computer screens. My both kids are doing distance schooling. It is kind of challenging for me to monitor both of them. During our free time, we walk around the block, play soccer at the backyard, and play Wii.
 
Luke Ham
 
Thank you you keeping us in mind during this strange time. 
 
The school-work component has not been an issue for us as the online resources are acceptable and my wife is a credentialed K-8 teacher..... however getting Caleb his much-needed 300 minutes per month of speech therapy has been extremely difficult. The district speech therapist lives in Big Sur and does not have high-speed internet for Zoom conferencing and is not permitted to enter her office at the school. We are praying that the school district can figure out a solution to this issue soon as we are seeing some regression in Caleb's speech.
 
One of the key factors in us maintaining a positive attitude has been regular walks, scooter rides and bike rides around the neighborhood. Having access to the beach and fresh ocean air has also been a huge help to us in staying positive during this time. 
 
We are also taking this opportunity to teach our son about the joy and importance of writing letters and sending pictures to people via good old hand delivered mail. 
 
We are praying for the Goto family and all of our other colleagues with children at home.
 
Jeong Park
 
Thank you for your concern about us! 
Everyday is a challenge. But gladly their school teachers will set up a ZOOM call on a regular basis and communicate with them and with their classmates. That has been helpful to us! My wife and I recently purchased Apple TV+ARCADE and tried one month free. They love it! Whenever they fulfill a exercise requirement or extra hiking or good works, for examples, vacuuming our car and van...extra point that they get, we give them a prize to watch and play apple arcade! I realized that Neflix is not enough to go through this 'dark' tunnel! 
 
Otherwise, we are doing okay and well. Naturally I have more time for my family, walking, exercising, biking and hiking with them everyday.
 
I appreciate your reaching out to us and care about us as well. This means a lot to us!
 
Jennifer Murdock
 
Hi all - Yes, thanks for thinking of us.  It has been pretty challenging to take care of both kids, who have very different needs and keep them focused for online learning.  My work days are incredibly bifurcated and my Enneagram 1 "you aren't doing enough" voice is having a field day in my head. Just heard a great post on writing down all the fears, all the things you think aren't right and all the ways you are "failing" and then singing them out loud to the tune of Happy Birthday.  It kind of diffuses the anxiety!   Trying to breathe and stay patient and not get too far ahead of any given day right now.  We are also riding bikes and scooters and doing lots of zoom calls with classrooms and facetime with family and kids friends to keep them connected.
 
We are all holding a lot right now, especially you and the cabinet - its important to remember to put it down from time to time and just laugh...
 
Emilio Sazon
 
Pastoring and parenting is really difficult but fortunately my wife and our kids help us a lot. You know Sam situations, he needs all the help for him to catch up. We are still making our schedules around to make ourselves available for we are essential workers.
Thanks for your prayer and support.
God bless for both of you.
 
Hyun Ho Park
 
Thanks for checking in. My family is doing fine. My wife and I take our son, 2-year-old, and our daughter, 6-month-old (in a stroller), outside for a walk once a day. We watch "TV Kindergarten" (in Korean) once a day and let my son play in the patio. He and I pulled weeds yesterday and had some fun.
 
Grateful for being in ministry together and surrounded by dedicated colleagues,