Missionaries Without Boundaries /  Nathan Lloyd-Jones – September 2012
16
Sep
2012

 

DSC09830Dear friends and family in Christ, I’m writing to ask for prayer and help. We’re looking for a teacher for kindergarten next year, starting in Feb. and ending in Nov. Neither speaking Spanish, nor a college degree is required. Experience in working with children is required.

This coming year we’re doing things a little differently. Last year I was short on help and the school struggled greatly. I found myself using all my time just to get students to pass in their grades. I had little time at all to teach the children the ways of God.DSC09830

This, I believe, God let happen to remind me of where I was going. You see, before that difficult year, I never needed to put a lot of thought into it. Besides maintaining and teaching God’s Word, I didn’t have a lot of direction on exactly what I was doing. Ryan, a friend of mine, said “There are two types of missionary

schools. One is for children who have no chance of education and the other is where education already exists and the missionary school is to train and raise up leaders. The second, you can be much more careful about who you choose to let in.” So I began the long process of prayer and writing a vision for our school. I found that parents who put their children in school for English or a higher education always come to cross-purposes with us at about 3rd or 4th grade. This, most of the time, would end in the parents pulling their child out under adverse terms. After investing four or five years into a child this was very discouraging. I also found that the few students that have done very well, have had parents that put them into the school to learn God’s ways.

We have put our kindergarten on hold this past year and we’ve been quietly watching and praying for parents who have this same vision. Next year we will be hand picking two or three children to be in the school, but without a teacher we will not be having any students. We are looking for a person or family with this heart and vision.

1. To be challenged and stretched by God, myself included. I’ve never seen God bring someone to the mission field who he didn’t want to change some major things in their lives. God’s not really too interested in our gifts and sacrifices unless he can work freely in every area of our hearts.

2. A heart to disciple and train children.

3. A desire to work as a missionary. To work on the mission field requires support and you’ll need to raise money and prayer warriors to help you survive.

4. A heart to serve. Again, including myself, I’ve never known a missionary that didn’t get things thrown at them that they weren’t planning on serving in, but “If you want to be great in God’s kingdom you have to be the servant of all.” And “A humble and contrite heart He will not despise.” and “The Lord exalts the humble but the proud he brings low”. I believe someone will read this and it will line up with what they’ve been asking God for. My request to you is to pray for the person who is to come, and to pass this letter to everyone you know. Thank you. I sincerely appreciate all you can do.

Nathan Lloyd-Jones

 
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