In my last blog post, I shared my experience and sentiment about being a new missionary. Today, I want to talk about how I became interested in teaching and why I want to work at BridgeWay in particular. I have always enjoyed working with kids -- whether it’s being an assistant teacher in a school setting or serving in children’s ministries -- but I couldn’t imagine myself actually becoming a teacher. However, when I went on a week-long service trip to Mexico City with my church during the summer of 2017, I was reminded of how much I love teaching. I spent the week leading singing classes for the summer youth camp, and as I shared my passion for music with the youth and imparted my musical knowledge, that experience brought me so much life and joy. It reminded me that my desire for seeing kids grow and develop and the joy it brings me when they delight in learning new things are part of the unique ways that God has created me.
After the service trip, as I was contemplating becoming a missionary and wondering what skills I could offer, I realized that teaching is something I am able and willing to do. As I started to intentionally seek out missions opportunities through United World Mission, I got connected to BridgeWay in the spring of 2018. At that point, I was already preparing to go to Mexico City a second time for my church’s service trip that summer. Given the opportune timing, I decided to spend an extra week in Mexico City after the service trip in order to visit the school and meet with the principal. As I learned more about BridgeWay during our meeting, the vision of a school community where both Christians and non-Christians alike have an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel strongly appealed to me. Being part of an outreach-oriented school where God’s love would impact the lives of students, their families, the community, and beyond sounded like an excellent opportunity and I knew that I wanted to participate in that mission.
I know from my own experience what an important role teachers play in the lives of students. Without my teachers, pastors, spiritual mentors, and many others who have personally invested in me, I would not be who I am today. That is why I am both humbled and excited that God will use me as His hands and feet to love the students and families at BridgeWay. My hope is that as the students receive Christian teachings and values, they themselves would bear much fruit.