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Significant Service

“I want to go home!” Only two months into their term, one of Craig and Stephanie’s young children was having a meltdown and not handling well the loss of familiar surroundings. Transition from home to the mission field is hard for the parents even with their strong sense of God’s call. For children who do not have a call, the transition can be especially rough—starting in a new school, making new friends and adapting to a different food and culture, and most importantly missing family back home. Two and a half years later, that same child was excited to go visit relatives, but “home” had shifted. There was a real tension between going to that far away home, and staying at their new home—where their friends and teachers lived.

A key part of the adjustment was the love and care poured into the missionary kids (MKs) by the teachers at the local international school. From freshly credentialed young graduate teachers to retired teachers who loved their profession and wanted to keep making a difference, they found a place that they usually describe as “a great place to teach.” Teachers at international schools often become integral parts of close communities where personal interaction continues after the last bell—at church, market, and socially.

The Bible Translation tasks calls families to remote places that do not have adequate local schools. Children’s education is one of those needs that can force workers off the field if unmet. When there are no teachers, translation teams and other support staff must leave their work to teach MKs, greatly slowing translation progress. In some cases the education needs can force the family back to their home country, particularly during middle and high school years, when homeschooling becomes too challenging for most parents.

The Children’s Education domain includes traditional teaching, but also many non-traditional modes. There are places that need itinerant teachers, tutors, online teachers, and other adaptations of the profession. Some older students need dorm parents so they can continue in high school while their parents work at remote assignments for weeks or months. There are openings for school administrators, counselors, librarians, and other support staff.

If you love teaching, consider using your skills and abilities as a teacher of MKs. Whether for a single school year, for a longer term, or for a career, you will have eternal impact.

Professional Considerations

We are looking for Certified or Licensed Teachers with a year or two of teaching experience preferred but not necessarily required. We are looking for Certified Licensed Teachers (2 years’ experience preferred) to serve in both traditional & non-traditional educational assignments. Our schools tend to have fewer discipline issues, which give you more time to do what you love, teach. There is a Technical / Professional evaluation and all teachers and boarding home parents attend International Children’s Education Orientation prior to assignment.

Issues to consider

Issues that could keep you from serving or could stall your journey are things that we really want you to prepare well for. Are you ready? Are you living a disciplined life in preparation for a marathon in the spiritually dark and physically challenging places to work on earth, but where God can be glorified and people transformed?

The issues we see most frequently contributing to failure to launch or failure to succeed while on assignment are at the link below. Please count the cost now and prepare well! We are praying for you and would love to walk with you on this journey.

Nuances of the job in different areas of the world

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