Calling and Sacrifice vs. Missionary Kid Education
The education of missionary children is one of the greatest factors affecting a missionary’s duration, location and effectiveness on the field of their calling. Read more about how teachers make it possible for missionary parents to stay on the field and to continue furthering the Kingdom.
By Janeen Gutierrez,
Should a Christian's family be sacrificed on the altar of ministry? Very few missionaries would agree with that, even though a calling to missions certainly requires sacrifice on the part of those who serve. But without good care for missionaries' children, including a suitable education, families can face additional difficulties on the field, or even have to return home.
Mark Lans, SIM missionary and father of two "Missionary Kids" (MKs) says this: "The education of missionary children is often one of the greatest factors affecting a missionary’s duration, location, and effectiveness in the field of their calling.”
Here in Loja, Ecuador, the need for teachers in our MK school is critical. Without the needed teachers, parents will be pulled away from growing, fruitful ministries to fulfill the need of teaching their children. It’s a tough balance for those who have been called. We are here out of joyful obedience to fulfill the Great Commission, sent and supported by churches and individuals, all who want us to be able to focus on furthering the gospel. However, the missionary community also recognizes our responsibility as parents and would agree that we shouldn't sacrifice our children's welfare and their needs by prioritizing ministry before them.
Henry Brooks Adams, a historian and writer from the early 1800s, said that teachers affect eternity, and no one can tell where their influence stops.
“This [statement by Adams] is never truer than in the teachers who have influenced the lives of my children and our ministry," says Rebecka King, SIM missionary and mom of three MKs. “On the mission field our options to educate our children are limited. That is why those who have dedicated their lives to teach them have had an eternal influence not only in my children, but also their service has increased the depth of our ministry to those we are able to reach for Christ!”
Missionary support roles, MK teachers in this case, are often not considered vital to the furthering of the gospel--but we would challenge you to reassess this attitude. MK teachers make it possible for seasoned missionary parents to stay on the field and to continue furthering God's kingdom, rather than needing to return to their home countries to oversee their children’s education. Please consider how you can help keep missionaries on the field by supporting MK teachers.
If you are interested in helping fulfill our teaching need, please contact SIM. We currently have one part-time teacher to begin the 2018/2019 school year for seven-plus levels of students (ages 8 – 16) in our small MK school. We also have a great need for homeschool assistance for our teammates who live in a rural area and are homeschooling their children.
- Please pray for each of our MKs, that each would not only be growing academically, but also in their relationship with Jesus and their knowledge and understanding of the Word.
- Pray for the Lord to provide teachers for our MK school in Loja for the upcoming school year.
- Pray that the Lord would provide rural homeschool assistance for our teammates that live outside of the city for this upcoming school year.