The CRAZY thing was, I accepted the position LESS THAN ONE MONTH before I had to hop on a plane and start my adventure! It was quite the whirlwind. I was a first-year teacher, setting foot in a new country, not knowing anyone or anything, but knew that this was where God had me!
Once I arrived and got "settled" within a couple of days, we started to get ready for the kiddos to come! I found out I was teaching first grade (another first), and was so very
So, here's a little synopsis of what I do: I am a volunteer missionary under the Global-Effect organization. It's a non-profit org. that's main mission is to impact families and communities and empower the forgotton and unvalued so that every tribe will know Jesus. Hope International School is one of the projects under Global-Effect, along with several other projects around Moshi.
Hope International School is a private Christian school that educates students from many different cultures, lifestyles, and backgrounds. It was started as a place for missionary kids to go to school, so their parents can work in their ministries without having to homeschool them. It has evolved into a school with native Tanzanian students, missionary children, children of ex-patriots, and more! We teach in English with American curriculum. My main role is being an elementary schoolteacher at Hope, and I will be teaching Kindergarten this year.
Though my main purpose is teaching, I also am able to support the other missionaries in their projects, and help with ministry on Sundays when our team goes to churches in the villages around Moshi. We encourage the congregations, give a message, worship with them (which includes lots of dancing!!), and end with a time of prophetic prayer and ministry. We have the opportunity to build relationships with the pastors and members of the church, as well as witness the incredible miracles that God is doing!
Life in Tanzania is always an adventure, and I absolutely love it! It's definitely not an easy life- with all-day power outtages, being "uncomfortable", etc. But it is 100% worth it to shine the light of Christ into the lives of people there, showing them how much God loves them and how valuable they are!
As I mentioned above, I am a volunteer. This means that Global-Effect provides my airfare, visas, housing, and a small monthly food stipend for me, but I must provide everything else. This is my sole job, and am looking for support to continue to be able to be God's hands and feet in Tanzania. There are several ways to support my mission, if you feel called to do so.
1. The main way I am looking for support is financially. My goal is to have a monthly support of $500, which ends up being $6000 per year. So, if I had 50 people giving $10/month, I would be at 100% of my goal!! This is able to supply my food, internet, phone, transportation, savings, as well as allows me to bless those around me in Tanzania. If you would like to give, click this link (http://bit.ly/1M2pExC) and follow the directions below to donate online. Your gift will be tax-deductible!
2. If you are a teacher, but may not be able to give financially, this outlet is for you! I am wanting to take some great teaching tools and resources back with me to use in my classroom! If you have overbought, or have things you may not use this year, consider mailing them my way!! Below you'll find a list of what I'm looking for. If you have something you would like to send, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can give you my address!
- Classroom Decor
My theme: Jungle and Bright Colors
Jungle: http://www.schoolgirlstyle.com/2012/07/the-animal-adventure-collection/, http://www.2busybrunettes.com/2012/07/12/thriller-thursday-where-the-wild-classrooms-are/,http://clutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com/2012/06/jungle-safari-classroom-theme-2012.html
*Any Bulletin Board decorations (borders, letters, paper, cutouts, etc.)
*Tissue paper puffs
*White twinkle lights (battery-operated)
*Fabric and ribbon (scraps, big pieces, whatever you may have!)
*Fake vines and leaves
*Animal cutouts (monkeys, especially) of all sizes
*Jungle-themed Nameplates (at least 15)
- Educational videos (DVD) for ages 5-6, Kindergarten
- Educational games for ages 5-6, Kindergarten
- alphabet/letter manipulatives (examples: stamps, blocks, stencils, etc.)
- Wikki Stix (ex: http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/seo/p%7CWS537~~.jsp )
- Math manipulatives- small objects/toys for counting and simple addition
- Pop-Up Storage (magazine boxes, etc.)
- Pocket Charts
- Sticky Tack
- Sit Spots (2 of each color): http://www.sitspots.com/collections/circles/bright-colors-
- Posters for a Kindergarten classroom
- Write and Wipe Pockets (example:http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/seo/p%7C845524441786014~~.jsp)
- Sentence Strips
- Page Protectors
- Birthday signs
Much Love, Allie