For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,’ it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. (1 Corinthians 12:14-18)
As you will read in The Road Thus Far, all the loose strings of my life were providential. God spent my twenties equipping me for his service through every odd job, trial, and blessing I experienced.
When I first started in special education, it was the pathway by which I would finally teach Bible at the high school level. I was perplexed and frustrated when I still had not attained a Bible position after three years, and struggled with the ‘whys’ of my standing. I wasn’t particularly a fan of my developed fondness for special education as I viewed it a hindrances in the way of my goals. Yet, God was working in me and in my circumstances to prepare me for the needs afield.
His purposes had another lesson for me in Christ’s school when it became necessary to find higher paying work to pay off medical debt. Over the next two years, God would further soften my heart for missions and show me how he would use what I had been equipped to do.
I distinctly remember the day I was driving down the road in my rig with tears streaming down my face as I remembered all of my previous special education students. I knew then that once I was done paying off debt, I had to get back into education and ministry.
Those debts were paid, doors were opened to field at a blazing pace, and in three short months, I departed for the mission field of Kyiv, Ukraine, on July 31, 2017.
I primarily support missionaries families by working with special education and ELL students at Kyiv Christian Academy. With your support as my salary, the cost of Christ-centered schooling is kept low for missionary families (living on support themselves), and with my specific skills, families with learning disabled students will have access to the necessary therapy and support to see their students become independent in the classroom and beyond.
My first year was full of opportunities:
- Teaching Biblical Theology for ITEM
- Mentoring 8th Grade boys through the school year
- Helping a Ukrainian boy learn English while coming to terms that he was no longer an orphan but was surrounded by a host of people who loved him.
- Giving two lectures at a college ministry retreat
- Assisting with a weekly Bible study for Ukrainians
- Help lead a weekly English Club to forge connections and gospel opportunities
- Bear a burden with a student grappling with several difficulties
As I look ahead to year two, it looks just as busy:
- 4 NILD Educational Therapy students
- Possibly teach 6th Grade Bible
- Pilot enrichment program for native English speaking students
- Continue assisting with Bible study and English group
- Final level of certification for NILD (Level 3 – PCET)
- Seminary Courses (Fall: Hebrew I, Modern Church History, NT Intro)
- Possible church plant taking root
It would mean a tremendous deal to me if you would endeavor to support me. We all have a vital role in missions; pray, send, or go. I would love your prayer and financial support so that I may continue to help proclaim the Gospel in Kyiv.
Thank you from the depths of my heart!