For the past 7 years, I have been working as a volunteer coordinator with Education Equals Hope, a non-profit organization that offers opportunities for children in desperate and difficult situations to attend school. My mission experiences have been in southern Haiti. One of my top priority challenges each year is to raise funds to pay the dedicated teachers of our church school at our ministry site in the rural Haitian countryside. Without qualified teachers, we cannot have a school. Without a school, we cannot offer children hope for a better future.
MAF has similar challenges finding qualified teachers for missionary kids. Missionary families in some locations are fortunate to have accredited local schools available for their children to attend. In locations where these schools are not available families are faced with considering homeschooling or sending their children away to boarding school. For a variety of reasons, homeschooling may not be a viable option for some families. The boarding school option separates a child from their family for long periods of time. If you are a parent, try to imagine what it would be like to have to send your child to a school outside of the area or country where you live and serve.
MAF has a philosophy that God and family are the most important things we have been given to invest in. Because of this many missionary families feel compelled to leave the mission field rather than endure this separation of family members. The answer to this difficult problem is to provide qualified teachers for the schools in these particular locations.
The MAF Teacher Project was introduced at this year’s Advocate Summit as an initiative to make us, as Advocates, aware of the critical need for and funding of teachers for our MAF missionary kids. The goal of this project is to raise $50,000 to help place teachers on the field so our missionary families can continue to serve knowing their children will receive a quality education where they live.
So far, the Advocate Wing has raised $3,550.00 to support The MAF Teacher Project. It’s now “Back to School” season. What better time for us to share this need with our friends, family, donors, contacts and make a financial donation ourselves to invest in this critical project? Please join me in praying for, advocating for and investing in the teachers who have made a commitment to serve the children of our dedicated MAF missionaries. Let’s change the ending for these teachers and missionary families!
by Advocate Joyce Pipkin in Columbia, SC