I'm a teacher. I love to see the lightbulb go off in a child's eyes when he or she learns something new. I love to encourage a student and work hard to convince them that they are capable of so much more than they believe of themselves. Can't spell a word correctly? Well, I love to prove to them that they can. Can't get your story ideas down on paper? Well, let's talk it through and get past that writer's block. What is photosynthesis? Well, let's take a look at this plant and how intricate its design is. I thrive on showing our beautiful and awe-inspiring world to a class of students and then, in return, seeing that same world through their eyes.
Unfortunately, so many teachers in the world lack educational training. Many schools lack basic teaching supplies that we take for granted in most western countries. I myself have often taken for granted the numerous years of education and countless teachers that have been such a blessing to my life.
A common attitude is that education as a career is simply a valueless job. Teaching has become the job for those who are stranded or for those who cannot get the job they’d like because they lack the schooling or money needed. For many “teaching is the last career to be pursued if one wishes to have fulfillment in life.”
In an effort to combat this long-held belief, I will be leaving in January to work with a teacher training program. Our mission is to teach education as a calling. To teach the realization that education can bring about great change for a country. We ask teachers to become reflective, and to understand that they are leaders in society and the church. We work with teachers as they learn to develop professionalism in their teaching, to take their role in their students’ lives seriously, and to integrate a Christian worldview into all their teaching and learning.
This opportunity to serve in a new calling, and new country, landed in my lap unannounced 10 months ago. From the very beginning, I have seen it as a humbling challenge- one for which I feel very unqualified and unprepared. God has been working, opening and closing various doors and windows, to get me to the point of saying, "yes." The mission has evolved during this time and I am continually learning to let go of control and to follow where He leads, even if it is not where I had originally planned.
The process of the last months has led me to choose an organization called Pioneers as my sending agency (www.pioneers.ca). As a full-time missionary, I am looking for people to partner with this mission. To come alongside prayerfully and financially to support what God is and will be doing in this program. John Wesley once said, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
God calls each of us in different directions and He equips us for whatever He calls us to do. I am choosing to trust that God is in control as I step out in faith to follow where He leads in these next years. I ask you to consider God's call on your life as I work to follow God's call in mine. Please feel free to ask questions, let me know if you want more information about what God is doing in East Africa, and pray for me as I step out in faith.
"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do, and what I ought to do, by God's grace I will do" (Anonymous).
By God's grace, I choose to serve.
* for security reasons, I've been advised to not mention which country online.