As I transition to post-graduation life, I have been asked a plethora of questions. Many of them are about my plans next year and details about my missionary internship in Haiti. I have decided to use a blog post to answer the most common ones below.
Didn’t you just graduate college?
Yep, I graduated from the University of Findlay April, 2016 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
What are your plans next year?
I accepted a nine-month missionary internship teaching in Haiti.
Common misconception: I am not teaching Haitian children. I am teaching American missionary children in Haiti. So, I will be teaching in elementary school content English. Also, I will be teaching one missionary family’s children, the Hosler’s, not a bunch of different families’ children. (You can click here to see the Hosler’s Facebook page).
How old are the kids you’ll be teaching?
Charity is 10 (5th grader), Daniel is 7 (2nd grader), and Joseph is 5 (Kindergartener).
What languages do they speak in Haiti?
Haitian Creole and French.
When do you leave?
The goal right now is the second week in September. Nothing is set in stone. I will certainly update this blog when I do have precise dates.
How long will you be gone?
Nine months is a long time.
Yes, yes it is.
How do your parents feel about this?
They are very supportive and proud, as they have been my entire life. I know we are also going to miss each other a lot. Please remember them in their prayers. They are being stretched as empty nester parents this year with both children doing cross-cultural experiences and spending significant time away from home.
Is this through a specific denomination?
Yes, the Churches of God, General Conference.
How did you find out about this opportunity?
A Facebook post shared by Ben Tobias, who is the director of Churches of God, General Conference, Cross-Cultural Ministries. He hosts game nights at his house for college students, so I knew him through that. I also attended College First: Church of God throughout college, so I was familiar with the denomination.
Why did you decide to go?
Short answer: I felt God was calling me to serve in this way. I also really liked the idea of being able to help further the gospel abroad while teaching. Long answer: Check out this blog post.
So, do you plan to do this type of thing the rest of your life?
Not currently, but obviously I will do whatever I feel God is calling me to do. The next year is plenty daunting enough; I am not ready to make a lifetime commitment.
What are plans after Haiti?
Similar to the question above, I will do whatever I feel God is calling me to do. Current idea is to return to the Findlay area and find an elementary teaching position. That being said, I would also really like to handle one big life transition at a time.
Is this a paid position?
Income is factored into my goal budget to fundraise. Estimated budget is around $1,000/month including income, airfare, transportation, housing, and food.
Wait, do I give financial support to you? Or do I need to send it somewhere?
Please send it to the Churches of God, General Conference, Cross-Cultural Ministries, P.O. Box 926, Findlay, OH 45839. Please make your gift to CGGC Cross-Cultural Ministries preferenced for my support. The CGGC will provide receipts for your tax-deductible gifts, as long as checks are made out to the CGGC. You can also click here to make a preferenced donation to me through the CGGC Cross Cultural Ministry website.
Where will you be staying in Haiti? Are you staying with the family?
I will have your own apartment off of one of the houses on the Borel campus of Project Help Haiti. The Hoslers will be staying on the same campus, so they will be very close, but we won’t be living under the same roof.
Where are you living now?
This answer is getting remarkably simpler in the next couple days. I have been going back and forth between Findlay and metro Detroit as I get packed up, see friends, and finish up some projects in Findlay. For the remainder of the summer, I will be living in metro Detroit with my parents.
Are you going with a group?
Okay, so I feel I need to apologize to anyone who has asked me this question. I always make it so much more awkward than it needs to be because I don’t know what the question means exactly. Are you asking (a) am I part of a missions trip team from a church and there are bunch of people going down with a similar long term assignment, (b) is it through a specific organization/denomination, or (c) am I traveling by myself to Haiti or are there other people? I get confuzzeled. I ask what you mean, you repeat the question with the exact same wording, I’m still confused, and now we’re two minutes and 114 words of description later with no answers.
(a) No, I’m not really going with a missions team. The Hoslers will also be leaving for a long term missions assignment in Haiti around the same time. But, I am the only teacher heading down. There isn’t a large group from the same area/church heading down with me.
(b) Yes, it is through the Churches of God, General Conference, Cross-Cultural Ministries.
(c) The timing may be coordinated so the Hoslers and we’re traveling at the same time, but we also may not be traveling together. The details are still being planned out.
How will communication work while you’re over there?
There is WiFi at Borel, so I hope to use Skype and other internet based options for communication back to the states.
Are you excited? A little nervous?
Yes, a lot of both, with increasing excitement, joy, and peace by the grace of God as the date comes closer.
I think that covers most of the major questions. If you think of others, please comment below and I will answer them as best as I can. Thanks to everyone for your encouragement and support!