The educational aspect is only one component of my position with the
ministry and a secondary one at that. I am responsible for helping to
prepare teams to come and serve in Jamaica, which is a large
responsibility in and of itself, since the ministry is growing quite
My time at GCC allowed me to develop as a learner, as a teacher, as a
missionary, and as a Christian. This position allows me to combine all
of these things.
Serve, serve, serve!! Use the opportunities you have to serve in a
variety of cultures and environments. Your calling as a teacher may not
be to the traditional role of a teacher, but rather a vessel of God in
some other context.
All of my jobs have come to me, rather than me seeking them out and
applying for them. It was about doing what I felt God wanted me to do
(volunteering to lead mission trips and volunteering at my children's
school), with no intention of those experiences turning into jobs. Yet
God turned these into job opportunities in His timing, even when I
wasn't looking for that. Now I have a great balance of being home with
my own children and serving other children through education. I am very
Challenges - One challenge is needing to be sensitive to the variances in
the culture and language when working with students. Since most of our
educational resources come from our connections in the US, we have to
filter out what is and isn't appropriate for the children living in
poverty in a small, rural, isolated village in the mountains of this
Rewards - My favorite reward is seeing my biological children grow up with
some understanding of how most of the world lives. They have genuine
connections with Jamaicans and at times use those relationships to read,
practice math facts, and do meaningful activities with the other children.
I love seeing them feel natural interacting with people of other ages,
races and cultures because they have been serving in missions for so many
N/A - I live in the U.S and travel to Jamaica a few times a year.