Grace and Peace.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." -1 Peter 4:10
After graduation I plan to teach in the city of Niamey at a mission school called Sahel Academy. I will serve there for two years, teaching a class of about 20 second graders, under a mission organization called TeachBeyond. TeachBeyond’s mission and vision statements affirm, “As followers of Jesus we are an international organization providing transformational education to children and adults.” I am pleased to be associated with such a group.
While I did not always know that I would end up in Niger, God has been working in my heart for quite some time. Growing up in the home that I did, missions was practically a given. I learned early on about the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and was exposed to other cultures through various mission trips to Jamaica, Mexico, Honduras, and Senegal. The Lord has blessed me with a desire to serve people in need, at home and abroad.
More recently, about two summers ago, I spent six weeks with a very generous missionary family in Budapest, Hungary. I wanted to learn about “the life of a missionary.” I believe it was then that God opened my eyes to the needs of TCKs (third culture kids; or MKs, missionary kids). As a student at Grove City College learning about Elementary and Special Education, it only seemed natural that I would find my “sweet spot” in a missionary school abroad. This endeavor to Sahel Academy allows my passion for children, learning, traveling, and missions to, by the grace of God, meet the emotional, spiritual, and learning needs of missionary children in Niger.
I am so excited for this God-given opportunity to serve. I ask that, as part in the body of Christ, you join with me by supporting me in either one or two ways. First and foremost, I need your PRAYER. I am not sure that I have ever experienced a point in my life in which I CANNOT not trust God. I am very aware of my dependency on Him and realize that apart from Him, I will not be able to pursue this mission. (See the enclosed list for ways to pray).
TeachBeyond, PO Box 6248, Bloomingdale, IL, 60108-6248. (All checks should be made out to TeachBeyond; they will be tax-deductible).
Thank you so much for your support! I am humbled and blessed by this incredible opportunity to reach God’s people in Niger, Africa. Please feel free to keep in touch by Facebook, email, or snail mail! You can also read weekly updates on my blog at http://hannahjoyinafrica.blogspot.com/.