When Your Mission Is to Teach

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July 6, 2018


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From the time you were a child, you wanted to be a teacher. An educator, maybe a coach, administrator, librarian or guidance counselor, came alongside you when you needed them most. They gave you a vision of what is possible. When God opened your eyes to the nations, you started to wonder. How do my education and calling to bring others education fit with God’s global purposes?

You could use those skills close to home. But what about taking that career and putting it to work in a hard-to-reach place? Somewhere the gospel is little known?

Pioneers serving through education

  • A team in the Horn of Africa has opportunities for cross-cultural workers who can teach computers, basic business skills and community health classes.
  • Pioneers in Mexico teach adult literacy classes to help people in a region with 98% illiteracy find jobs and support their families.
  • Teachers in Southeast Asia help provide theological training in a Bible institute. Several are connected to various faculties in universities around the world.
  • Not all opportunities are in far-flung locations.  Some Pioneers serve in a Christian school on a Native American reservation.
What about taking that career and putting it to work in a hard-to-reach place where the gospel is little known?

Hear Mackenzie’s story

Mackenzie, an American, joined a team in England—to teach English. We might have a good laugh about that were it not that, like so many countries today, England has become home to many non-native English speakers from countries like Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia. Mackenzie’s first student was a local Persian woman. We’re praying God will use her and her team to help reach and teach many more women. This contributes to the wider goal of church planting among the unreached in their community.

Consider the crucial need for teachers

Opportunities vary from working with teens and adults to serving in elementary schools or with children even younger. A couple in Japan have helped their church launch an English-based preschool. At this writing, they are seeking to fill several crucial paid positions. “If you or someone you know is interested in using their native English to win Japanese for Christ, please contact us,” they urge.

There’s a place for you!

Whether you are a professional educator or just have a knack and willingness to be God’s hands and feet in an educational setting, there’s a place for you to serve for a summer, an internship, up to a year, or long-term. You may also find a fit in an international school or stepping in for busy parents to help homeschool missionary kids, meeting a key need for church-planting teams around the world.

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