27 Jan What It Means To Be A Teacher Of Children Of Missionaries
Teachers of missionary children (MKs) fill a vital role in taking the Word of God to the four corners of the earth. Many children of missionaries attend schools where teachers conduct classes and learning activities, where they counsel, take students on field trips, coach sports, conduct band, hold Bible classes, and where they meet with parents and work with other teachers.
Parents who send their children to these schools perform all sorts of important functions for the Lord in many places in the world. These functions include work in the business office, maintenance of plumbing and electricity, and feeding children in boarding schools. There are doctors, nurses, and dentists, computer people, pilots, auto mechanics, Bible translators, literacy workers, and church planters. They are all interested in their children’s education and have high expectations of schools and teachers.
This combination of parents, children, and teachers contributes to the Great Commission of Christ in that both parents and teachers answered the call by God. The parents of the children go about with their own calling by the Lord, secure in the knowledge that the educational needs of their children are being met.
Where does all of this point? A Bible in the heart language of a people, literacy training, church planting, and people coming to know the Lord.
Some schools, however, begin the school year without an adequate number of teachers and in other schools some teachers leave during the school year. When there are not enough teachers, parents of the children are faced with a dilemma: They want to serve the Lord as directed by Him and at the same time they need to find an alternative solution for the education of their children.
Teachers may find themselves teaching in a variety of environments that are related to this dilemma:
1. They teach in situations where there is a reasonable possibility that missionaries would leave the field because teaching positions were not filled.
2. They teach in schools where accreditation would be threatened if there were not enough teachers
3. They teach in situations where an increased burden would be placed on missionary parents who would have to set aside their own missionary jobs in order to assume home-schooling responsibilities because there was not a teacher available.
4. They teach in schools where missionaries would be pulled from their jobs to fill teaching positions if there were not enough teachers.
5. They teach in schools where missionary families would have to pay extraordinarily high tuition at international schools because an MK teacher was not available.
6. They teach in schools where they are needed to fulfill a contract (often a secular international school).
7. They teach in a very small school with multiple grade classrooms with one, two, or three rooms and where all the children are taught by one, two, or three teachers. If a teacher is not there other teachers would have to assume additional responsibilities.
8. They are participating in getting a new school started.
The need for MK teachers has never been greater and you can be part of the solution to the teacher shortage problem. Are you a teacher and are you seeking God’s will for your life? Do you believe God has called and prepared you to teach children of missionaries? Are you genuinely interested in serving the Lord and are you willing to pray about and to work towards overcoming obstacles? Are you willing to match your personal ministry with the ministry of other missionaries already on the field and who need teachers for their children? What could be more exciting and fulfilling than to be at the front line of support for taking the Word of God to every nation, tribe, people, and language?